Wild Mushroom and Tomato Polenta


Polenta is a great ingredient for easy, back-pocket cooking. It’s plain enough to be malleable to many directions, and it takes easily to rich, salty flavors like Parmesan, like in this simple dinner. Topped with a saucy mushroom-tomato-thyme mixture and the combination is reminiscent of pizza, but in an elevated way. If you want to turn this into a bigger dinner for a crowd, spread the polenta out on a greased baking sheet and top with the mushroom mixture to serve family style. Add on some fresh bread and a peppery arugula salad and you’ve got an elegant dinner party in less than an hour.

Wild Mushroom and Tomato Polenta
Photo: Greg Dupree
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup  instant polenta

  • 6 ounces  Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1½ cups), divided 

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 12 ounces mixed wild mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, divided 

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes 

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ cup dry white wine


  1. Cook polenta according to package directions. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup cheese and ½ teaspoon salt, stirring until cheese is melted and polenta is smooth; cover and set aside.

  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add mushrooms and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until tomatoes burst, about 5 minutes. Add wine and bring to a simmer. Cook until mostly reduced, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter to melt.

  3. Spoon mushroom mixture over polenta and top with remaining ½ cup cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

546 Calories
24g Fat
62g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 546
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 1499mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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