cooked polenta in a bowl with shaved parmesan cheese and parsley

Creamy Polenta Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

Enhance your main entree by serving this tasty and easy to make Creamy Polenta Recipe with Parmesan Cheese as a side dish for your next meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy polenta, polenta, polenta recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 328kcal
Author Chef Billy Parisi


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 small diced small yellow onion
  • 2 finely minced cloves of garlic
  • 6 cups of chicken stock, vegetable stock or water
  • 2 cups of medium ground cornmeal
  • 2 ounces of unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • In a medium size pot on medium-high heat add in the olive oil and cook the onions and garlic until they are browned, about 3 to 7 minutes.
  • Pour in the liquid and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling pour in the cornmeal while continuing to vigorously stir with a whisk to ensure no clumps are formed, about 15 to 20 minutes. When the cornmeal is poured in, turn the heat down to medium-low.
  • Finish off the polenta by stirring in butter, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper until completely combined. Cook for a further 5 minutes over low heat. Garnish with parmesan and parsley.
  • Serve hot, enjoy!



Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 1008mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 16.6% | Vitamin C: 1.8% | Calcium: 15.7% | Iron: 7.2%