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Creamy Polenta with Corn, Parmesan and Arugula

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Creamy Polenta with Corn, Parmesan and Arugula
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 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.
Updated Mar 17, 2014

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)

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    Experiment with different types of cheese, from white Cheddar to goat cheese.
  • tip 3
    The arugula works great stirred in or as a side salad in this dish.

Nutrition

550 Calories, 24g Total Fat, 20g Protein, 63g Total Carbohydrate, 9g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
550
Calories from Fat
220
Total Fat
24g
37%
Saturated Fat
11g
54%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
45mg
15%
Sodium
1260mg
53%
Potassium
630mg
18%
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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