Homemade Polenta From Scratch Recipe

Authentic Italian Side Dish Made w/ Cornmeal, Chicken Stock & Milk

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Active/Total Time: 25 mins/35 minsServes: 8

Polenta is an Italian staple. It's a corn-based dish that's often served as a side for many stews, or for rich, thick cuts of meat.

Making this soft polenta from scratch is very easy. Coarsely ground cornmeal, chicken or vegetable stock, milk, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, onion, garlic, and fresh sage are all used to give the dish a comforting, delicious flavor.

While adding the cornmeal, make sure the liquid has first come to a boil. This allows all the garlic, onion, and other flavors to be fully infused before adding, and it also helps with consistency control.

You can make this recipe a few hours ahead of time -- but hold on to the cheese and herbs, adding them only when you're ready to serve. Check up on the polenta every 15 minutes to make sure it's not clumping. If it is, stir in a small amount of heated stock.

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups chicken stock - can substitute with vegetable stock
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 cups coarse ground cornmeal (polenta cornmeal)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh sage - can substitute with thyme
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter (optional)
  • cracked black pepper (for garnish)

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