Polenta with Cheese & Mushrooms

Polenta with Cheese & Mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cups sliced shiitake or brown cremini mushrooms
3 cups 1% milk
2 cups fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal, not instant polenta)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon for dried)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano (1/2 teaspoon for dried)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil (1/2 teaspoon for dried)
4 ounces grated smoked Gouda cheese
fresh snipped parsley, optional garnish

Heat oil in 10-inch non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté onions until soft; about 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking onions until soft and light caramelized about 15 minutes longer; stir occasionally to avoid burning. Add mushroom slices to the pan, stir gently to combine and cover. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are just cooked; about 3 or 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside.

While onions are cooking, heat broth and milk in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. When mixture is just ready to boil, whisk in the polenta. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until polenta is soft and creamy, stirring often. Mixture should not be stiff (about the consistency of soft mashed potatoes). This will take about 10 to 15 minutes. If polenta becomes too thick, add a small amount of broth or water to thin slightly. Stir in cheese and herbs and mix well. Gently fold in mushroom-onion mixture. Divide between warmed serving plates. Garnish with fresh snipped parsley.


This versatile whole grain dish is easy to make and can be served as a side dish with fish, pork chop, or chicken and a crisp garden salad; also very tasty with chili. Serves 6

Recipe was created for 3-A-Day of Dairy by Cheryl Forberg, RD, author of Positively Ageless: A 28 Day Plan for a Younger, Slimmer Sexier You, (Rodale – April 2008)

Nutrition Facts per individual serving:

Calories: 326

Fat: 9g

Saturated Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 27mg

Sodium: 352 mg

Calcium: 26% Daily Value

Protein: 13g

Carbohydrates: 50g

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