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Easy Polenta Recipe

This easy polenta recipe is creamy and cheesy and bakes in the oven—no stirring required!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 696
Author: Lucy Brewer


  • 1 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups heavy cream or you can use all water, half-and-half, or milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 3 quart non-stick oven-proof skillet, preferable cast iron.
  • Pour cornmeal in skillet. Stir in water and cream. Add salt and butter and stir with fork until mixed.
  • Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and stir. Mixture will appear separated. Return to oven for 10-15 minutes then remove and stir gently until mixed together.
  • Allow polenta to rest for 5 minutes. Stir in cheese. Serve immediately.


You can make polenta the day before you want to serve and save in the refrigerator. Then reheat in the oven or on the stove. This does require some additional stirring and liquid.