Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Polenta is to northern Italy what bread is to Tuscany, what pasta is to Emilia-Romagna and what rice is to the Veneto: easy to make, hungry to absorb other flavours, and hugely versatile." -Yotam Ottolenghi

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I had a version of this saffron polenta while traveling in England. It is so simple and the saffron brings a subtle but elegant flavor to the dish. It is great served alongside the Mediterranean Shrimp but almost any fish or chicken will work great.

The key to making great polenta is to use good quality coarser ground cornmeal and add it to the slowly boiling water while whisking. This will keep the cornmeal from forming clumps and then cooking it very slowly and whisking almost continuously will cook the cornmeal and create a rich, creamy dish.



Saffron Polenta

Servings: 2 | Serving size: about 1 cup

Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Active cooking time is only about 20 minutes, but the saffron must steep for 30 minutes. Leftover polenta should be reheated gently.

2 cups water
1/4 tsp saffron threads
1/2 cup coarse ground cornmeal (polenta)
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)

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Place the water in a small sauce pan over high heat.

When the water boils, add the saffron threads and remove from the heat. Let the saffron steep for about 30 minutes.

Return the pan to the burner over high heat.

When the water is almost boiling, slowly whisk in the cornmeal and reduce the heat to medium, whisking almost continuously.

Cook for about 10 minutes until the polenta is thick.

Whisk in the grated parmesan and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 1 cup

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 166 Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 2g 11%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 238mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 17% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 0 mcg Potassium 103 mg
Magnesium 45 mg