In this polenta recipe, creamy ricotta cheese adds luxurious richness without a lot of fat, while parmesan cheese gives it depth and complexity. The best pan for making polenta is a saucier, which has sloped sides and a rounded base, making it easy for a whisk or spoon to stir thoroughly. Leftovers can be made into pan-fried polenta cakes.
Cooking Equipment Needed:
- 1 cup water, more as needed
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup polenta
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese, divided
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons whole basil leaves
In a saucier pan or saucepan, combine the water and milk. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. When it simmers, sprinkle the polenta gradually into the pot, stirring briskly with a whisk to prevent lumps from forming. Add a pinch of salt and continue simmering over medium-low heat, stirring frequently with a whisk.
Cook for about 20 minutes, until the polenta does not have a gritty mouthfeel when tasted. Stir in 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese and stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until the cheese is melted.
While the polenta is cooking, chiffonade the basil leaves: stack the leaves and roll tightly into a cigar shape. Use a knife to cut through the roll crosswise to make thin shreds of basil. Set aside.
To serve, spoon a portion of polenta (about 1/2 cup) onto each plate. Top with a dollop of about 1 tablespoon ricotta cheese and sprinkle with some of the basil chiffonade. Serve immediately.