Herbed Cheese Polenta

Do you like polenta?  I do!!! The thing that sometimes holds me back from making it is that some recipes have you stirring it constantly like a risotto.  This recipe, from Giada, has you stirring occasionally.  That works for me!  It makes this oh so much more doable.  The flavors in this polenta are really wonderful. I love all the fresh herbs, cheese, butter…I mean “Hello YUM”. This recipe makes a very large batch so I generally cut it in half and it generously serves my family of four.

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Adapted from Giada’s Family Dinners

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Herbed Cheese Polenta


  • 10 Cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 1/2 Cups Polenta or Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese Freshly Grated
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk or Half and Half
  • 10 Tablespoons 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, Cut into Chunks
  • 1/3 Cup Italian Parsely Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme Chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon Black Pepper


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large, heavy pot.  Add the salt.  Gradually whisk in the cornmeal.
  2.   Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat.  Add the cheese, milk, butter, herbs, and pepper.  Stir until the butter and cheese melt.  Transfer the polenta to a bowl and serve.

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