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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Author: Catherine McCord
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 Cups water
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Cup Quick-Cook Polenta
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese



    Sodium: 1170mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Calories: 280kcal | Fat: 18g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 23g
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    About the Author

    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. Polenta is coarse cornmeal aka “grits”. I usually don’t get the quick cooking kind (Next time I’ll look for some for convenience). I like Bob’s Red Mill Corn Grits Polenta—mind you this is not a convenient product if you want to cook something in 10 minutes.

    2. I tried this today. It tasted really great, but the texture was gelatinous. Any suggestions? I used 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese, maybe that was the problem.

    3. Made this the other night-sooo good! Also used reduced fat cream cheeese and didn’t have have much of a problem with texture. Was pleasantly surprised that it all came out so smooth considering that i did not have the cream cheese at room temperature before adding to pot. Will definitely try this dish again as it seems to be a versatile side. Thanks!

    4. I just made ths, added some herbs at the end, and it was delicious…BUT, i wound up with a few lumps in my polenta. I cooked it precisely as described, any ideas as to what happened?

      Thank you 🙂

    5. […] before it was crisped up in the oven – he loved it as it was. I’ll definitely try this creamy polenta the next time we’re on our own for dinner, from my favorite mommy-blogger […]

    6. 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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