Instant Pot Polenta


Polenta, a staple of Northern Italian cuisine, is traditionally made by adding cornmeal to boiling salted water and stirring with a wooden spoon until your biceps aches! You can achieve the same results by letting your Instant Pot do all of the work for you! We like to serve this topped with browned Italian sausage and pork ribs that have simmered in a sauce made with onions, garlic, basil and tomato sauce until the ribs are falling off the bone-tender! Serve with additional cheese, if desired. Delizioso!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3 ¾ cups water

  • 1 cup polenta

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. Whisk water, polenta, and salt together in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot). Close and lock the lid. Select Porridge setting according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Add butter and cream. Whisk until polenta is smooth and lump-free. Stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino Romano cheeses and whisk until melted and well combined.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

376 Calories
22g Fat
32g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 376
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1060mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 350mg 27%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 36mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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