Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes, a great way to use up the garden tomatoes and basil! Plus, enter to win a fun giveaway! 

Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe on

There is nothing better than fresh garden tomatoes and basil, especially when you put them together. They are a match made in heaven. Our garden is producing tomatoes and basil like crazy so I am I trying to use them in every way I can. My new favorite way to enjoy our garden tomatoes and basil is in this Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes recipe.

For our third Kitchen Conversations, it’s all about simple back-to-school meals, and this recipe definitely fits the bill. While Caleb may not be heading to school this fall, I know it’s a struggle for any family to get dinner on the table during the busy weeknights. With this recipe, we had dinner on the table in under 30 minutes and it sure was tasty! Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes is going to be a regular meal at our house. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the end of the summer tomatoes and basil!

Easy Polenta Recipe on

This recipe is as simple as can be. I’m always looking for quick easy and weeknight recipes, and this is one of them! You only need a few ingredients to make this tasty meal: polenta, Land O Lakes® Butter, Parmesan cheese, milk, basil, grape tomatoes, garlic and a little olive oil.

Easy Creamy Polenta Recipe on

We used instant polenta to keep the recipe quick and easy. When dinner time rolls around, we are always looking for simple recipes that we can get on the table in a hurry. We added a Half Stick of Land O Lakes butter to add creaminess to the polenta. One half stick was the perfect amount!

Easy Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe on

We also added milk, parmesan cheese, and freshly chopped basil to the polenta.


We roasted grape tomatoes with garlic and olive oil in the oven. They only took 20 minutes to roast and made our house smell amazing!

Easy Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe on A simple and tasty meal!

We spooned the polenta into bowls and added the roasted tomatoes. We sprinkled on a little extra parmesan cheese for presentation and for extra cheesiness!

Easy Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe on A tasty meal in under 30 minutes!

When I went to Chicago with Land O Lakes, we had a Kitchen Conversation about simple back to school meals at BlogHer and this recipe definitely fits the bill. We had dinner on the table in under 30 minutes and it sure was tasty! Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes is going to be a regular meal at our house. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the end of the summer tomatoes and basil!

Looking for a quick and easy meal for back to school, or anytime, make Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes. Oh, and this recipe is Caleb approved. He devoured his bowl!

We also have a fun Land giveaway for you today! The giveaway includes Land O’ Lakes Butter, a Le Creuset Two-in-One Pan, a serving bowl and butter dish from Anthropologie, a cheese grater, and wooden serving set. Use the PromoSimple Widget below to enter!

Land O’ Lakes Giveaway


Email Yourself This Recipe
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus, you’ll get NEW recipes from us every week!

Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

Creamy polenta with butter, parmesan cheese, and basil. Top with roasted tomatoes for a simple and delicious meal!
No ratings yet


  • For the roasted tomatoes:
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • For the polenta:
  • 1 9 oz. package instant polenta
  • 4 tablespoons of butter 1 Land O Lakes half stick
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the tomatoes and garlic cloves on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until tomatoes are well coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  • 2. While the tomatoes are roasting, make the polenta. Make polenta according to package instructions. Stir in butter, milk, parmesan cheese, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • 3. Serve immediately so the instant polenta doesn't firm up. Pour the polenta into individual bowls and top with roasted tomatoes.
  • Note-If the polenta firms up, just add more water or milk and stir. We ate leftovers the next day. I just added a little water before heating it up in the microwave and it was creamy and delicious!

Have you tried this recipe?

Leave a comment below and share a photo on Instagram. Tag @twopeasandpod and hashtag it with #twopeasandtheirpod

Disclosure-this post is in partnership with Land O’ Lakes for their Kitchen Conversations blogger program, but our opinions are our own. We love Land O Lakes butter! 

Get the best of the best!
4 Recipes Guaranteed to be New Favorites


I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
Read More

Vegetarian Summer Gluten-Free Main Dishes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


Leave a comment

  1. What a fun giveaway! I love throwing together an easy dinner of eggy pasta or rice with garlic, spinach, and cannellini beans. I love polenta and don’t have it nearly enough!

  2. This looks so great! I’d usually do this with pasta instead of polenta for a quick weeknight meal, but what a great way to change it up!

  3. This looks so wonderful and comforting, Maria. And I bet it’s amazing with all these sweet summer tomatoes!

  4. My favorite back to school or quick weeknight recipe is pasta with meatballs. Your Basil polenta with roasted tomatoes sounds wonderful too. Can’t wait to try it.

  5. This look so good and comforting! I love polenta. yummy and so easy to make! Can’t wait to try this!

  6. This sounds like the perfect summer dish; I am going to eat it outside at a picnic table as the sun sets!

  7. Roasted tomatoes are now one of my favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes. Have never tried instant polenta, but love the “ready in under 30 min.” !

  8. I love the Land O’ Lakes half sticks. They make cooking a lot easier. I can’t wait to make this recipe with all of then grape tomatoes from my container garden!

  9. that looks delicious! I love making quesadillas as an easy weeknight supper-throw in any veggies+cheese I have in the fridge,yum!

  10. Loving this comforting Italian dish, Maria! So simple, but oh so good…especially in the summer with fresh ‘maters. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This recipe sucks the big one. I basically had lumpy milk at the end. Instant, pre-cooked polenta is not the way to go.

See More Comments