Baked Polenta with Cheese recipe

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1 teaspoon butter, or as needed
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese, or as needed
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 pinch salt and ground white pepper to taste
1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup bread crumbs
1 (16 ounce) tube polenta, cut into 1/8-inch slices

Nutrition Info

423.5 calories
carbohydrate: 32.5 g
cholesterol: 71.2 mg
fat: 24.5 g
fiber: 2.5 g
protein: 18.4 g
saturatedFat: 15.1 g
servingSize: -
sodium: 820.4 mg
sugar: 7.9 g
transFat: : -
unsaturatedFat: : -


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with 1 teaspoon butter. Add 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese to the baking pan and shake gently, back and forth, until the bottom and sides are coated with Parmesan, discarding any extra.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add flour and stir until well combined. Turn off heat and whisk in milk. Turn heat to medium-low and bring sauce to a simmer, cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. While sauce is thickening, mix together Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs in a bowl.

  4. Layer 1/2 of the polenta slices in the prepared baking dish and top with 1/2 of the sauce. Repeat with remaining polenta and sauce. Top with cheese mixture.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Recipe Yield

5 servings

Recipe Note

Want a different family side dish but with flavors sure to please? Then try this. With some store-bought polenta in a tube and a few other ingredients, TADA... scalloped polenta, yum!

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