18 Easy Recipes That Start with Precooked, Tubed Polenta
Looking for recipes that use ready-made polenta for time-saving, fuss-free meals? Tubed polenta is fully cooked and just needs sliced and reheated. Use instead of noodles for a gluten free lasagna, crisp up as fries, or warm on a grill and serve with macerated berries for a sensational grown-up dessert. Get all the inspiration you need with these top rated recipes that use prepared polenta.
Pesto Polenta Lasagna
This recipe uses slices of ready-made polenta instead of lasagna noodles. "My best friend is allergic to wheat and gluten. Polenta lasagna is one of our favorite main dishes to share at dinner parties, since all us wheat-eaters love it too. The dish lends itself nicely to variations and is surprisingly quick to prepare," says Lauren.
Cuke-a-Mato Broiled Polenta
Slices of tubed polenta keep their shape really well, which allows you to assemble this colorful appetizer a couple of hours in advance. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and heat under the broiler for a few minutes when you're ready to serve.
Vegan Arepas Made with Polenta
Arepas are small Venezuelan flatbreads stuffed with a meat or cheese filling. In this clever version, slices of premade polenta are used instead of flatbread. Each slice is topped with black bean puree, crispy tofu, fried banana, avocado, and a spicy mango salsa for a delicious restaurant-style vegan meal.
Air Fryer Polenta Fries
Precooked polenta is easily sliced into long, thin slices to make french fries. Serve with aioli, pesto, or ketchup. You can also cut the polenta into wedges to resemble potato wedges. Due to the thickness, you will need to add 10 minutes to the cook time.
Polenta with Spicy Sausage-Veggie Sauce
Slices of precooked polenta are broiled until golden brown, then topped with a meaty pork sausage and vegetable sauce. Try using different flavors of sausages, or vegetarian sausages if you prefer.
Cheesy Polenta Casserole
Home cook Jolee added this 5 star review after making this easy to assemble casserole with a tube of polenta, a jar of marinara sauce, and three types of cheese: "This was a delicious and different casserole. I will definitely double the recipe next time it disappeared too quickly."
"I had a package of prepared polenta on the shelf which I had purchased quite some time ago. Not wanting to waste it, I searched online and found this polenta pizza recipe. Tasted wonderful and is a nice change of pace - an excellent way to use prepared polenta," says cookin'gal.
Baked Polenta Slices with Tomatoes and Yellow Squash
Recipe contributor katiemae wanted to use up her garden tomatoes and squash in an easy recipe: "These baked polenta slices are a nice change of pace from pasta dishes," she says. Try a flavored tubed polenta, like garlic and basil, or sun-dried tomato, for an extra boost of flavor.
Creamy Parmesan Polenta
This recipe shows you how to cook down a tube of ready-made polenta with a little bit of stock and Parmesan cheese to create a foolproof, deliciously creamy polenta side dish that's ready to serve in just 5 minutes.
Ratatouille with Polenta Rounds
Homemade ratatouille is topped with precooked slices of polenta and mozzarella cheese, then baked until golden and bubbling. "I found this dish very flavorful! The leftovers were even better the next day! I will definitely make it again, especially in the summer when I can get my hands on fresh zucchini and tomatoes," says Mermaid62.
Vegan 'Meat' Sauce on Polenta
A vegan bolognese-style sauce is served on top of crispy polenta slices. Alternatively, you can cook down the tube of prepared polenta with a few tablespoons of stock to create a creamier side dish; serve the meat sauce on the side.
Sausage, Bell Pepper, and Feta Polenta Casserole
Slices of ready-made polenta form the base of this casserole so you don't have to make it from scratch. A rustic sausage, tomato, and bell pepper sauce forms the second layer and is topped with crumbled feta and goat cheese. Reviewer cat says: "This recipe is at the top of our list for best meals!"
Italian Summer Squash Polenta Bake
This top-rated recipe simply involves topping a layer of prepared polenta slices with sautéed summer vegetables and grated cheese. "This was an easy and delicious summer dinner; we just melted the cheese under the broiler so the polenta stayed crispy under the marinara sauce," says Doughgirl8.
Grilled Polenta Bites with Black Bean Salsa
A pre-cooked tube of polenta is sliced into rounds and heated on the grill until crispy around the edges but still soft inside. Top with a homemade spicy black bean salsa for an easy summer appetizer.
Polenta and Vegetable Casserole
Beans and corn are spooned on top of ready made polenta slices, then topped with fajita-seasoned vegetables, salsa, and cheese to make this comforting, Mexican-inspired polenta casserole.
Air Fryer Shrimp and Polenta
Slices of prepared polenta are crisped up in an airfryer and topped with shrimp, tomatoes, and a rich, seasoned butter for a substantial appetizer or light lunch.
Chicken, Mushroom, and Polenta Lasagna
Layers of ready-made polenta slices are topped with pesto, chicken, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese. "My husband has a gluten intolerance so thought I'd give this recipe with polenta a try. The overall combination of flavors is good, and it's a lighter dish than traditional lasagna," says mommajama.
Grilled Polenta with Strawberries
Fresh strawberries are macerated in sugar and a brandy-based orange liqueur while precooked slices of polenta are warmed on the grill. This recipe is perfect for a grown-up alfresco dessert. Dust with powdered sugar for a finishing touch.