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Instant Pot

Soft Polenta with Easy Toppings (Fast & Slow)

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 5½ to 6½ hours 10 minutes active

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Soft Polenta with Easy Toppings (Fast & Slow)

Thick, creamy polenta is a breeze to make in a pressure cooker, as the cooking is completely hands-off. This polenta is not enriched with butter or cheese, so the sweetness of the corn is front and center. A simple topping (recipes below; each makes enough for four servings) can turn a bowl of plain polenta into a light meal or a delicious first course. Polenta also is a perfect accompaniment to many stews and braises, such as Tuscan Beef and Black Pepper Stew, or serve it in place of pasta with Short Rib Ragu.

4

Servings

Tip

Don't use fine yellow cornmeal, which cooks up pasty and gluey. For the best flavor and texture, use coarse stoneground cornmeal; steel-ground cornmeal has less flavor. We especially liked Bob's Red Mill Organic Polenta Corn Grits (cornmeal).

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 5½ to 6½ hours

10 minutes active

Ingredients

  • cups coarse stoneground yellow cornmeal

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Directions

  1. 01
    In a 6-quart Instant Pot, whisk together 7½ cups water, the polenta and 2½ teaspoons salt.
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