easy tomato mozzarella polenta

Tomato Mozzarella Polenta

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian


This easy recipe for tomato mozzarella polenta adds sweet simmered tomatoes and cubed mozzarella cheese to creamy polenta for the perfect side dish or comfort food supper. Flavorful and delicious!


  • 7 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups coarse cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cubed fresh mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon oregano


  1. Bring water to boil, stir in salt and baking soda. Slowly pour in cornmeal in steady stream, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover.
  2. After 5 minutes, whisk polenta to smooth out lumps, cover and cook without stirring until polenta is tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter and Parmesan, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, make sauce by heating oil and pepper flakes in skillet over medium high heat for one minute. Stir in tomatoes and cook until they soften, about 2 to 3 more minutes.
  5. Season to taste and remove from heat.
  6. Spoon tomato mixture with any accumulated juices over polenta, top with mozzarella and sprinkle with oregano before serving.