Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

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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 twopeasandtheirpod.com

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!

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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 twopeasandtheirpod.com

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 twopeasandtheirpod.com

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

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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 twopeasandtheirpod.com 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 twopeasandtheirpod.com 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!

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Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

Creamy polenta with butter, parmesan cheese, and basil. Top with roasted tomatoes for a simple and delicious meal!

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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. 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. 3. Serve immediately so the instant polenta doesn't firm up. Pour the polenta into individual bowls and top with roasted tomatoes.
  4. 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!

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! 

Maria Lichty

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!
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  1. Your polenta dish looks absolutely beautifuL! Oneof our easy dinners is mushroom burgers–huge flavor..very little work.

  2. Wow, what a great dish, I will definitely use this recipe not so much because I have a garden gone wild, but because of the delicate, aromatic flavors that will enhance the polenta to take it over the top. What a wonderful idea and thanks for sharing this with us. Great job everyday,

  3. I am pregnant and not feeling like eating much lately, but this polenta looks so yummy 🙂 Thanks for giving me an idea for a nice lunch.

  4. Looks so great! I actually have a package of Polenta just waiting to be cooked and I’ve never made it before, so now that I see this recipe, perhaps I will!

  5. You have no idea how much I love this meal. These are all my favorite foods and my families too! I honestly cannot wait to make this creamy, basil packed meal!

  6. I made some polenta for the first time a while back, it looked wonderful but did not taste the way I expected so I’m very happy to have your recipe now. Thank you so much. I suspect the moisture from the tomatoes will ‘correct’ the texture as well as add to the taste.

  7. Wow! That looks delish! I must admit that I’ve never had Polenta! It looks like I’m gonna have to try it out soon! Basil, Parmesan, & Tomatoes! You cannot go wrong!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.” !

  10. 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!

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

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

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