Marco's Polenta

Total Time:
45 min
5 min
Inactive Prep:
10 min
30 min
8 servings


  • 8 cups lukewarm salted water
  • 1 pound coarse-grain polenta
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, optional
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, optional


In a large pot set on medium heat, bring salted water to a boil. Slowly pour the polenta into the pot in a steady stream, stirring continuously - the more you stir, the better the texture. When the polenta thickens and bubbles a little, resembling a porridge-like consistency, lower the heat and continue to stir. Tradition says to stir in one direction, and since the constant stirring is a lot of work, I suggest doing this as well. It doesn't hurt to be traditional!

Cooking time is approximately 30 minutes. When the polenta is done, pour it onto a flat surface and spread it out evenly with a spatula. Let the polenta sit until it cools and cut it into squares. Polenta can also be enjoyed in porridge form. Simply add some extra-virgin olive oil, Parmigiano cheese, and serve hot.

Serves: 8 (does not include optional olive oil and cheese); Calories:217; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 1 gram; Protein: 7 grams; Total carbohydrates: 38 grams; Sugar: 3 grams; Fiber: 3 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 705 milligrams