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Polenta is a on the menu a lot in our house because it’s fast to make, the kids love its texture and there are so many different variations on it I can make that range from savory to sweet. Although I usually like to pour the cooked polenta on to a cookie sheet and allow it to cool before the kids cut it into shapes, this soft polenta recipe is a dish they adore equally as much Breakfast Polenta or Polenta Cutouts.

Soft polenta has a consistency closer to that of Cream of Wheat or even oatmeal. Served under a piece of chicken, shrimp, fish, steak, or even on its own, this quick and creamy side dish is perfect for a busy night when you need something delicious on the table in less than 10 minutes.


Creamy Polenta

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Servings: 4
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  • Bring water and 1 tsp of salt to a boil. Slowly whisk in polenta, stirring continuously for about 2 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Whisk in butter, cream cheese and parmesan until thickened and cook the polenta for an additional 3 minutes (or according to package directions).
  • Serve.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1170mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Thanks for the recipe! Trying it today for some guests, going to serve with baked cod and a green veg. Commented to say that you are really, really pretty!!!!!!!

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