Creamy Oven-Baked Polenta with Pumpkin

Easiest polenta ever! Bakes up creamy and delicious. You (ok, I) will never make polenta on the stovetop again.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 servings


  • cooking spray

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup stone-ground cornmeal

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 (14 ounce) can pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Combine water, milk, cornmeal, and salt in the prepared baking dish; mix well. It's normal for the mixture to separate a bit.

  3. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.

  4. Remove from the oven and stir in pumpkin, Jarlsberg, 1/2 of the Parmigiano-Reggiano, sour cream, nutmeg, pepper, and salt. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from the oven and top with remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano. Turn on the broiler.

  6. Broil until top is brown and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

You can use all water instead of milk and water. Be sure you use stone-ground cornmeal and not instant polenta.

Cooked squash can be used for pumpkin, heavy cream or cream cheese can be used for sour cream, and Gruyere cheese can be used for Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

267 Calories
11g Fat
29g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 267
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 920mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 344mg 26%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 332mg 7%

* 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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