Italian Polenta

Today’s recipe is less of a recipe, and more of a serving suggestion! I recently learned that polenta (aka corn grits) can be served Italian-style in the place of pasta. So you basically cook the polenta, and then serve it with some tasty sauce on top. I served it with my Meat Spaghetti Sauce over the top. You could also try Spinach Pesto over it. Yum!

Recipe, courtesy of the back of my Bob’s Red Mill polenta package!


Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large and deep saucepan. Bring water and salt to a boil, stir in polenta. Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, until mixture is very thick (about 30 minutes); use a long-handled spoon because mixture pops and bubbles and can burn. Oil a deep medium sized bowl and let set for 10 minutes. Invert onto a flat plate – mixture will unmold and hold its shape. Cut polenta into thick slices and serve hot. Top with sauce and freshly grated cheese.

P90x Nutrition Plan Servings:

1/4 of polenta recipe is 1 carb serving, 1 dairy serving (if you top your serving with 1 oz. of cheese), then the servings for whatever sauce you use on top!

Pesto Polenta Lasagna

Pesto Polenta Lasagna with Totally Uncalled-For Lasagna Noodles!

P.S. I ended up with extra polenta and meat sauce, and so the next night I whipped up some Spinach Pesto and gave this Pesto Polenta Lasagna recipe a try. The one problem – I totally misread the recipe and assumed that lasagna noodles were involved somehow! When I hear lasagna, I think lasagna noodles, so sue me! lol. Turns out, the polenta itself is supposed to take the place of the noodles. Duh. So mine came out pretty and ok tasting, but a little weird and carb-heavy. I think it’d be really good with just the polenta.

P.P.S. So I had a dream last night that Tony Horton became my personal trainer, and I told him about this website, and he said he’d check it out! LOL. He was also totally flirting with me in the dream – so look out hubby!! 😉


  1. Sarah

    Is this basically just like corn bread? I love corn bread and I think it looks pretty good.

    1. CJ =)

      Yes, it has a lot of similarities to corn bread in flavor, although the texture is definitely a bit different. One way to describe it would be like very thick cream of wheat. If you like cornbread, though, you might like polenta!
      – CJ =)

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