Vegan Polenta

Polenta is a hearty and amazingly delicious dish made from boiled cornmeal. What follows is a simple recipe that truly highlights fresh, UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This recipe is a crowd pleaser that requires very few steps.


1 cup polenta-style ground cornmeal
1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon mild Unflavored Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 teaspoons Garlic Olive Oil

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Red pepper flakes 

Additional Garlic Olive Oil for finishing 

Bring 4 cups of lightly salted water to a boil in a medium sauce pot. Gradually add in 1 cup of polenta (cornmeal) and reduce heat to medium. 

While polenta is cooking, add 1 teaspoon garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper to taste and the star of the show: 1 tablespoon of unflavored EVOO and two teaspoons of Garlic Olive Oil.

Reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally for approximately  20-25 minutes to create a smooth, creamy consistency. 

When finished cooking, ladle into bowls and for the finishing touch, drizzle a bit of Garlic EVOO on top and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.  

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