Creamy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms

By Maria Lichty

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This Polenta recipe is an all-time favorite – because it’s easy! Just whisk away the polenta, toss the mushrooms in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a little garlic and let them roast away into this creamy polenta dish! 

Polenta recipe with roasted mushrooms

Best Polenta Recipe

I have a hard time choosing a favorite meal. I have too many favorites and it depends on my mood. Creamy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms is probably in my top 10 favorite meals. I am always in the mood for rich and creamy polenta. I could eat an entire pan if no one was watching me. I love the stuff!

The creamy polenta is good by itself, but the roasted mushrooms make this polenta recipe extra special. They are the “icing on the cake.” And it’s always a good idea to add more veggies into your diet, right?

Creamy polenta recipe with roasted mushrooms and parmesan cheese

How to Make Polenta

First of all, what is polenta? Polenta is made from coarsely ground cornmeal and is very popular in Italy. Polenta is similar to grits, but I think polenta is even better than the popular Southern dish. It can be served creamy, fried, baked, chilled and cut into squares. I really love creamy polenta, it is a special treat.

This creamy polenta is easy to make, you are going to love it!

  • I start with the mushrooms. I toss the mushrooms in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a little garlic and let them roast away in the oven.
  • I cook the polenta on the stove top. You can find polenta or course cornmeal at almost any grocery store. I usually have luck in the bulk bin section. They do sell instant polenta and you can use that for this recipe, just follow the instructions on the box.
  • The hardest part is whisking the polenta, but a little arm workout won’t hurt you. And it really isn’t hard. You just have to whisk it every few minutes, so don’t go far. (Turn on some tunes and sing away while your mushrooms are roasting and your polenta is cooking. I won’t tell anyone if you use your whisk as a microphone:)
  • This polenta is super creamy thanks to the milk, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Oh yes, it is rich and SO worth every bite.

To serve, divide the creamy polenta into bowls and top with the roasted mushrooms. Try to savor every bite, but I won’t judge if you frantically shove spoonfuls into your mouth. This polenta recipe is a winner! An all-time favorite for sure!

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Creamy polenta recipe with mushrooms

Creamy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms

Creamy polenta with roasted mushrooms-an easy and comforting meal.
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For the Roasted Mushrooms:

  • 1 lb. Baby Bella mushrooms stems removed and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf Italian parsley

For the Creamy Polenta:


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place mushrooms in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add in garlic and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Spread mushrooms evenly onto a large greased baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring once. Remove from the oven and stir in parsley.
  • While the mushrooms are roasting, make the polenta. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, water, and salt over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. When it simmers, slowly pour in the polenta and whisk to combine. Reduce heat to low and partially cover the pan with a lid and cook, whisking vigorously every 5 minutes. Make sure you scrape the sides of the pan. Cook until liquid is absorbed and polenta is creamy, about 30 minutes total. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and Parmesan cheese.
  • Divide the polenta into four bowls. Top with roasted mushrooms and garnish with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

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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. This looks like a perfect vegetarian dish to warm this cold winter night! Can’t wait to try this soon.

  2. When I first moved to NYC- I worked at a fabulous restaurant that served an Upma Polenta with Hen of the Wood mushrooms on top. It looked just like this and I seriously have been dreaming about it for years. I can’t want to try this out and see if it finally satisfies that craving!! 🙂

  3. I never cook with polenta but that needs to change soon. We adore roasted mushrooms. These look wonderful, Maria!

  4. This looks interesting. I will use rice milk instead as cows milk does a body bad. Will also omit the oil. Don’t need the extra fat. Instead of cheese I will try it with nutritional yeast. Veganizing recipes can be a lot of fun!

  5. We were at a restaurant last weekend and they served us some Aahmazing polenta cakes with mushroom in some kind of sauce. I was looking if I can find a similar recipe and look who showed up! 🙂
    This looks like a promising recipe.

  6. I’ve never made polenta, but I love it. This dish reminds me of one of Michael Chiarello’s signature dishes at his restaurant Bottega. I ordered it, and it was phenomenal. It was served in a jar and topped with mushrooms and parmesan. I’m going to have to make this to transport myself back to Bottega. I’m not afraid of a little arm work!.

  7. This was wonderful! I admit, I cheated a little by using instant polenta, and dairy free options (almond milk and rice cheese) but it still turned out great! I also used worcestershire sauce instead of balsamic vinegar (I totally thought I had balsamic in my kitchen, but alas, and it was snowing, so I decided to make do). Definitely will be a repeat offender in my house! Thanks for posting it!

  8. I am absolutely with in in being able to eat a whole pan of polenta. But as a huge lover of mushrooms, grilled or roasted mushrooms and to see them with this wonderful polenta on your pic, I am completely fallen for this recipe….

  9. I love creamy polenta! I like the idea of serving mushrooms with it. Great simple dish. Definitely making it soon!

  10. This was absolutely delicious! I made a half batch thinking I’d have some leftover for lunch tomorrow, but it didn’t make it that long! Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  11. My husband and I have made this three times so far. We absolutely love it! This has definitely become a staple in our house.

  12. I made this tonight and it was delicious. So rich and creamy! I even linked your site to my blog. Thanks so much, I’ll definitely be back!

  13. This recipe is seriously amazing! I’ve made it for two dinner parties in the past two weeks and it was a hit both times. I roasted the mushrooms with strips of fresh sage instead of parsley; I also put the polenta into a casserole dish, dumped the mushrooms and sauce over top, and popped it under the broiler for a few minutes – delicious. It reminded me of risotto in terms of texture, and it was super creamy. I’ll be making this again and again!

  14. I just made this tonight and it was divine. Everyone loved it. I did have to use more liquid to get the softer consistency I wanted but the flavor was amazing. Thank you!

  15. Can someone please tell me the difference in grits and polenta? I googled polenta and it says “Italian Grits”. Can I use American regular grits in this recipe. I don’t know the texture of polenta. Texture is my main concern. What a combination this is. Love grits and mushrooms so I’ll wait to hear so I don’t waste ingrediens.

  16. I made this tonight and my family really loved it. The mushrooms were so tasty….no need for meat.  I like adding milk to the polenta. Thanks for the recipe.  

  17. I’m looking forward to making this, it sounds delicious. I love mushrooms and I love polenta, so combining them would be a match made in heaven. And I agree with you about making the polenta with milk instead of water. Grits are good made with milk, too.

    I want to mention that there is an easier way to make polenta. Measure the cornmeal into the saucepan, add the liquid, stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly (important) until it thickens. Getting the cornmeal wet before it gets hot avoids one cause of lumps.

  18. 5 stars
    Ya know, I stumbled upon this dish a year ago and it is now a go to in the dinner rotation. It’s really delicious! And pretty dang easy to put together. I always double the mushrooms so the hubby can take leftovers to work the next day. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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