Basic Polenta with Butter and Cheese

You can enjoy this basic polenta recipe by itself, with different kinds of cheese, or with added meat or veggies.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 3½ cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup coarsely ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 Tbsp. butter margarine
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup chopped parsley


  • Bring the water to a boil. Add salt. Stir in the cornmeal in a thin stream, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; continue to stir for 20 minutes or until the polenta comes away from the pot.
  • Stir in the butter, cheese, pepper, and parsley.