Polenta With Parmesan and Ricotta

  • PrepTime: 10 Mins
  • CookTime: 20 Mins
  • TotalTime: 30 Mins


  1. 1 cup water (more as needed)
  2. 1 cup low-fat milk
  3. 1/2 cup polenta
  4. Kosher salt
  5. 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese (divided)
  6. 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  7. 2 tablespoons whole basil leaves


  1. In a saucier pan or saucepan, combine the water and milk. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. When it simmers, sprinkle the polenta gradually into the pot, stirring briskly with a whisk to prevent lumps from forming. Add a pinch of salt and continue simmering over medium-low heat, stirring frequently with a whisk.
  2. Cook for about 20 minutes, until the polenta does not have a gritty mouthfeel when tasted. Stir in 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese and stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until the cheese is melted.
  3. While the polenta is cooking, chiffonade the basil leaves: stack the leaves and roll tightly into a cigar shape. Use a knife to cut through the roll crosswise to make thin shreds of basil. Set aside.
  4. To serve, spoon a portion of polenta (about 1/2 cup) onto each plate. Top with a dollop of about 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese and sprinkle with some of the basil chiffonade. Serve immediately.