Polenta is a great substitute for pasta, and you can do so much more with it. I absolutely love to fry it and I recently made a lasagna from it, too.
Step 1: What You'll Need:
- 1 cup cornmeal or corn grits
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of butter/margarine
- pepper to taste
- parmesan/romano/asiago - optional but tasty!
You'll also need a large sauce pan and a nice sturdy spoon.
Step 2: Boiling + Adding
Step 3: The Slow Part
Simmer this slowly, stirring frequently. When I say frequently, I mean it! Every 2-3 minutes is perfect. The corn grits suck up all the water pretty quick, but it still needs to cook for a while after so it can get stuck to the bottom of the pan really easily.
Within 20-25 minutes, it will be ready!
You'll know it's good and ready when dragging a spoon through it causes a channel that doesn't fill back up. Your spoon will also be able to stand up in it. :D
Step 4: Finishing
Stir this in so the butter is distributed throughout. :)
At this point you can serve it as-is with sauce on top or pour it into a bowl that's been greased and let it cool for a few minutes and cut it into slices and then serve!
You can also pour it into a rectangular or square container and let it chill in the fridge for nice slices for lasagna or frying. It's all up to you. :D