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Basic Polenta Recipe | Aline Made

Bramata Polenta is a traditional dish in Italia. You can serve it with ragout, vegetables or also as a main dish with grated parmesan. If I eat it as the main dish, I do like to top it with Aceto balsamico cream, to give the polenta more taste. This basic polenta recipe is made with vegetable stock, butter, and parmesan. And make sure you buy the Bramata polenta, which has to be cooked longer but does taste better.

Basic Polenta Recipe

There are different kinds of polenta, and you can distinguish them by the size of the corn. Very thin corn is cooked very fast, the thicker the corn, the longer you have to cook it. When preparing this basic polenta recipe with Bramata polenta, I suggest you cook it for 90 minutes if you have the time. It’s also possible to eat it after one hour if you are in a hurry, but then cook it on medium heat and not on the lowest possible heat.

Basic Polenta

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Basic Polenta Recipe

Basic Polenta Recipe

A basic recipe for Bramata polenta with vegetable stock, butter, and parmesan.
Author : Aline Cueni
4.67 from 3 votes

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Cook Time :1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 30 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 494kcal


  • 340 g (2.1 cups) Polenta Bramata
  • 1 liter (4.2 cups) vegetable stock
  • 7 dl (0.6 cups) water
  • 60 g (0.3 cups) butter
  • 60 g (0.6 cups) parmesan grated


  • In a large pot, bring one-liter vegetable stock to the boil. Stir in the polenta, lower the heat to minimum, add the lid to the pot and let it simmer for one and a half hour.
  • Stir occasionally and add more water during cooking when your polenta gets too dry. You will need about 700ml of water, but it depends a little on the polenta you use.
  • After 90 minutes, stir in the butter and grated parmesan until melted and well combined. 


Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1348mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1205IU | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi! Super tasty. We decided to have polenta for lunch. Nice and warming in snow storm. I found out that the polenta we have is Polenta Bramata, not “instant”. Searching for Bramata, I found aline made and all the yummy recipes! I left half of the polenta for tommorrow. I’m going to grill or fry it. Using Polenta Bramata and cooking it in 90 min makes a great difference.

    1. Hi, I am so glad you found my recipe and liked it! A decent meal helps with such a crazy snowstorm! You can use leftovers to make my polenta fries recipe! 💕