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Italian Porridge Cheesy Polenta Recipe

Looking to make easy homemade Italian Porridge? Our cheesy polenta recipe is creamy and smooth, featuring cream cheese, parmesan, gruyere and cheddar.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cheesy Polenta, Cheesy Polenta Recipe, Italian Porridge, Polenta Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 298kcal


  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • whisk
  • pot
  • cheese grater


  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chicken stock
  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan finely grated
  • 1/2 cup Swiss cheese finely grated
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar finely grated
  • 1/4 cup Cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Cracked pepper to taste


  • Bring milk, cream, chicken stock and 3 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Whisking constantly, gradually add cornmeal; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover pan, and cook, whisking every 10–15 minutes, until thickened and no longer gritty, 30–35 minutes.
  • Remove Italian Porridge from heat and add grated cheeses, cream cheese, butter, pepper and salt. Cook, whisking, until butter and cheese are melted and polenta is the consistency of porridge, about 1 minute.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs such as thyme or chives.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 11.8g | Fat: 19.2g | Saturated Fat: 11.6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 4.4g | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 1mg