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Creamy Polenta with Corn, Parmesan and Arugula

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  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4
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This creamy, peppery and mouthwatering vegetarian dish is easy on the budget as well as the eyes.

Ingredients

Polenta

2
tablespoons butter
1
cup sliced onions (2 medium)
1
teaspoon salt
2 1/2
cups water
2
cups milk
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
cup yellow cornmeal
1
bag (12 oz) frozen corn
1
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (4 oz)

Salad

2
tablespoons olive oil
1
tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
4
cups loosely packed baby arugula (about half of 5-oz container)

Directions

  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and 1 teaspoon salt; sauté 4 to 7 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add water, milk and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
  • 2 Very slowly stir in cornmeal with whisk. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened slightly. Stir in frozen corn; cover. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes. Reserve 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Stir remaining cheese into polenta.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat oil, vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper with whisk until well blended. Add arugula; toss to coat.
  • 4 Divide polenta among 4 bowls. Top each serving with salad; sprinkle with reserved tablespoon cheese. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

Keep a close eye on the saucepan to make sure the milk mixture doesn't boil over. Milk isn't fun to clean off stove grates.

Experiment with different types of cheese, from white Cheddar to goat cheese.

The arugula works great stirred in or as a side salad in this dish.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
550
Calories from Fat
220
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
37%
Saturated Fat
11g
54%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
45mg
15%
Sodium
1260mg
53%
Total Carbohydrate
63g
21%
Dietary Fiber
4g
18%
Sugars
9g
Protein
20g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%
25%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
50%
50%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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