Creamy Vegan Polenta
While traditional Italian polenta is typically finished with butter and grated Parmesan, the porridge-like texture of simmered cornmeal makes for a dish that’s creamy and comforting without dairy. This recipe uses a few tablespoons of vegan butter (any kind will do) to lend richness, and substitutes nutritional yeast for Parmesan. Use the nutritional yeast sparingly: The right amount beautifully mimics the nutty, fragrant flavor of Parmesan, but use too much, and it can overpower. This dish is a versatile side, but can easily be turned into a main, like this creamy vegan polenta with mushrooms and kale, with the addition of sautéed or roasted vegetables.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 6cups low-sodium vegetable broth, plus more as needed
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 ½cups polenta, medium- or coarse-grind cornmeal, or corn grits
- 3tablespoons vegan butter
- 1to 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, to taste
Step 1Bring 6 cups vegetable broth and 1 teaspoon salt to boil in a large saucepan. Gradually whisk in the polenta, then turn the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the polenta has thickened to your liking, 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 2Off the heat, stir in the butter and nutritional yeast and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately. (Leftover polenta can be reheated over medium-low heat with a splash of broth or water.)