Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
9 Mins
Total Time
16 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

If the polenta mixture is not quite thick enough after 8 minutes, continue microwaving at HIGH at 1-minute intervals, stirring after each minute, until thickened.

How to Make It

Combine onion and olive oil in a large microwave-safe bowl, stirring to coat. Add 2 1/4 cups water, polenta, stock, pepper, and salt, stirring to combine. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes. Stir in ­Manchego cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

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February 20, 2016
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Pairs Well with Flattened Chicken with Almond and Paprika Vinaigrette

February 14, 2016
It's polenta, nothing exciting here, but it does serve as a nice base for the flattened chicken, which is why I gave it 4 stars.  By itself, it's a 3-star recipe.  If I were to serve it without the chicken, I'd switch to a stronger cheese, e.g. parmesan.


January 28, 2016
It tastes like plain polenta with a hint of raw onion.  There is NO flavor from the Manchego, which is really sad since Manchego isn't the cheapest cheese in the world and since it is delicious when nibbled on its own.  Don't waste your time with this dish and certainly don't waste any Manchego on it that you could enjoy in other ways.

Really great

January 16, 2016
Much better than I expected and so easy.  I served it with Pan-Seared Herb Shrimp (Jan 2016).  Great together.  This is a great side that will work with many meals.