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Goat Cheese Polenta

This creamy polenta is loaded with goat cheese and is the perfect complement to a variety of dishes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 245kcal
Author Ryan Beck


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Bring water, milk and salt to low boil in a large saucepan. Slowly pour in polenta, whisking constantly until there are no clumps. Whisk polenta for about 5 minutes. It should still be slightly loose.
  • At this point, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes, whisking every 5 minutes. At this point you want to mix with wooden spoon as it gets too thick to mix. The polenta is ready when creamy and individual grains are tender.
  • Turn off heat and stir in butter, goat cheese and Parmesan cheese. Season with more salt if needed. Serve in bowl with some more Parmesan cheese on top.


  • Use at least 4 to 1 liquid to polenta ratio which allows for a creamy polenta. Sometimes even a 5 to 1 ratio will be needed.
  • Use a combination of milk and water for the polenta. All water makes a neutral polenta while all milk makes the polenta too rich. Using half of each gives you the perfect polenta.
  • Whisk the polenta constantly for at least 5 minutes right when you add it to the boiling liquid. This helps prevent it from sticking and burning.
  • As the goat cheese polenta is simmering, stir every 5 minutes so it doesn't burn.
  • The polenta is ready when the individual grains are tender. It should be spreadable, spoonable and creamy.
  • Don't add additional flavor until the polenta is done. Stir in the butter, goat cheese and Parmesan at this point.
  • Polenta can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the fridge. When reheating, add ¼ cup to ½ cup water to help bring back the creaminess.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 0.9mg