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Soft and Creamy Slow Cooker Polenta

You'll love my cheesy, creamy, slow cooker polenta! Learn the easy way to make this Italian dinner recipe with no lumps, no fussing, and no stress. Have it with your favorite ragu or as the base of a vegetarian meal.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword creamy polenta, crockpot polenta, slow cooker polenta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 275kcal
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarse cornmeal
  • 3 cups low sodium stock, vegetable or chicken, or salted water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup half and half, or whole milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan

Instructions

  • Stir together the cornmeal, water (or stock), and salt in the pot of a slow cooker. (Reduce or omit the salt if you are using stock.)
  • Close the lid and set it for 3-4 hours on low. You can stir once or twice if you wish.
  • Add the half and half or milk, stir and give it another 30 minutes on high.
  • Stir in the parmesan until it all melts. Switch the slow cooker to warm and let the polenta sit while you finish making the rest of dinner.
  • Optional: You can top the polenta with more parmesan, butter or olive oil, and/or fresh herbs of your choice.

Notes

  • Cornmeal: I use Bob's Red Mill Polenta/Grits.
  • Timing: The exact time will depend on how hot your cooker is on low and can range from 3-7 hours. I would suggest trying out the recipe with your set up and then noting the exact time you need. My slow cooker is fairly new with an excellent seal so it runs hotter and can finish the polenta in 3 hours on low. For a cooler ones it may take 6-7 hours.
  • Hold Time: The polenta can sit for about an hour on warm without any problems. If you are going to let it sit longer, it may taste a bit overdone and you will want to check to see if needs some more liquid.
  • Sealing a slow cooker: If you need to improve the seal on your cooker, use foil around the lid.
  • Cheese: You can add up to 1 cup of shredded cheese of your choice to the recipe in addition (or in place of the parmesan). Cheeses such as fontina, havarti, cheddar, mozzarella, or brie are all great in the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal