Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms, Chickpeas, and Olives

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Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms, Chickpeas, and OlivesRecipe

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Look for stone-ground polenta or grits for this dish. Admittedly, they take a bit longer to cook, but the results are worth it, adding a creamier texture and hearty, nutty flavor to the dish.

Serves 6 (serving size: about 1/2 cup polenta and 1 cup mushroom mixture)


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1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces sliced wild mushrooms (about 7 cups)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large red onion, vertically sliced (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup organic vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 mixed olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup stone-ground polenta or grits
2 ounces grated vegetarian Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup), divided
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes

1. To prepare medley, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms, garlic, onion, and thyme; sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add wine and vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add broth, pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, olives, and chickpeas; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 6 minutes or until slightly thickened.

2. To prepare polenta, bring 3 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to low; cook 30 minutes or until thick and creamy, stirring frequently. Stir in 1 ounce cheese.

3. Divide polenta evenly among 6 shallow bowls. Top evenly with mushroom mixture. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 ounce cheese and parsley.

Created date

January 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 251
Fat 6.6 g
Satfat 2 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 10 g
Carbohydrate 35 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 510 mg
Calcium 159 mg