Cheese Polenta with Wild Mushrooms

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 30m

Makes 4 servings


  • For Polenta:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • For Mushrooms:
  • 3/4 pound button mushrooms
  • 3/4 pound cremini mushrooms or other wild mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1/3 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/8 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano for dusting (optional)


TO PREPARE POLENTA: In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta and add the salt, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook the polenta for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the grated cheese and stir to combine thoroughly. Hold in a warm place until ready to serve.

Or, if you want to grill or fry the polenta, pour the polenta into a loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and let cool to room temperature. Let the polenta set in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before slicing. Then grill or fry the polenta and serve with the mushrooms.

TO PREPARE MUSHROOMS: Clean and quarter the mushrooms. Heat the oil in a large skillet, add the mushrooms and sauté until golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the Marsala, broth and herbs. Cook over high heat for 3-4 minutes, to thicken slightly.

TO SERVE: Spoon the warm polenta onto a rimmed plate and ladle the mushroom mix on top. Dust with the cheese, if desired.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.

RecID 5416

nutrition information per serving

373 calories; 15g total fat; 13mg cholesterol; 1488mg sodium; 43g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 15g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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