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Polenta Lasagna with Cream Sauce

Yield Makes 6 servings
This recipe is adapted from Crescent's Polenta Lasagna With Sauce Soubise.


  • 1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 (8-ounce) container fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup 1% lowfat milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons 1% lowfat milk
  • 1/4 cup 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Cream Sauce
  • 2 (17-ounce) tubes plain or pesto-flavored polenta, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

How to Make It

  1. Remove stems from shiitake mushrooms, and thinly slice.

  2. Sauté onion in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over high heat 3 minutes. Add shiitake and button mushrooms, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until onion is tender. Add 3/4 cup milk, and bring to simmer.

  3. Whisk together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons milk; stir into mushroom mixture. Add cream cheese and wine, stirring until blended. Remove from heat. Stir in salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  4. Spread 3 tablespoons of Cream Sauce in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer one-third of polenta slices over sauce. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over polenta. Top with mushroom mixture. Top with one-third polenta slices and remaining Cream Sauce; top with remaining one-third of polenta slices.

  5. Bake at 375° for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Broil at high 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Remove from heat. Cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let stand 15 minutes before serving.

  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Marjon Original Polenta found in the produce section of the supermarket.