Polenta with Blue Cheese and Garlicky Chard

Polenta with Blue Cheese and Garlicky Chard Recipe
Photo: Miha Matei

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 5 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 278
Caloriesfromfat 35 %
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrate 36 g
Sugars 3 g
Fiber 5 g
Fat 11 g
Satfat 5 g
Sodium 1039 mg
Cholesterol 16 mg


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems trimmed and leaves cut into 1-inch strips
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 cup instant polenta
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (such as Gorgonzola; about 2 1/2 ounces)


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until the chard is tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Slowly whisk in the polenta. Cook, whisking constantly, until the polenta thickens, 3 to 4 minutes.

Divide the polenta among bowls and top with the chard and blue cheese.

Tip: Make a double batch of polenta and reserve half in an oiled loaf pan for a quick side dish later in the week. Simply slice the polenta and crisp it by popping it in the broiler or pan-frying it.

Kate Merker,

Real Simple

October 2008
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