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Polenta with Blue Cheese and Garlicky Chard

Real Simple OCTOBER 2008

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Other: 5 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 278
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 36g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 1039mg
  • Cholesterol: 16mg

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