Basic Creamy Polenta

Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; entrée or side, polenta is versatile, simple, and great for families on a budget. This is a basic recipe, so add spices, if you prefer, or a bit of soy milk for a creamier texture.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 6 1⁄2 cups water
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp. vegan margarine
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt


  • Bring the water to a boil, then slowly add cornmeal, stirring to combine.
  • Reduce heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking and burning. Polenta is done when it is thick and sticky.
  • Stir in margarine, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and salt.