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173
Calories 
30g
Carbs 
2g
Fat 
7g
Protein 
5
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(4 PointsPlus®)

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Recipe

Polenta is one of my favorite side dishes especially as the weather starts to cool down. It has the magical ability to take any dish and instantly make it comfort food. Roasted vegetables, slow cooked meats, pan roasted chicken - you name the dish, it almost always can work over a bed of warm and creamy polenta.

While there are lots of ways to prepare polenta, I almost always make it on the stove top using a combination of vegetable/chicken broth and milk. This keeps the calories in check but adds plenty creaminess from the milk. If you haven't cooked polenta before, the first ten minutes of cooking polenta are the most important as you whisk and whisk and whisk some more to make sure the polenta is smooth. Then it just needs to be occasionally stirred as it continues to cook. The longer it you cook it, the more voluminous it will become, but I find around 30 minutes is the sweet spot. To finish up the dish, just stir in the fresh basil, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Delicious.

Prep Time

Basil Parmesan Polenta

33
Prep Time: 
Cook Time: 
Total Time: 

Ingredients

4
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup polenta, dry
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
2/3 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 911mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate 30g
10%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g

Directions

  1. Bring the broth, milk, and salt to a boil. Turn heat down to low and whisk in the polenta. Cook the polenta, stirring constantly, for 5-7 minutes until thick.
  2. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and stir in the basil and cheese. Stir together until cheese melts. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
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  • Megan Eaton's picture
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    Average: 4 (1 vote)

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    Super tasty, good texture and flavor!
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  • Molly Stafford Mastey's picture
    5

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

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    Made this tonight to go with steak and a nice bottle of wine. An easy, winning recipe!
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