Polenta with Beans and Peppers

Polenta with Beans and Peppers

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This delicious take on a polenta recipe features black or red beans, peppers of all colors, and multiple spices for a flavorful, tasty dish. **Recipe updated 11/2020


Makes 6 main dish servings or 12 side dish servings

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided into 2 tablespoon portions
  • ¾ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup fresh mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 quart no salt added chicken broth
  • 1 cup course ground cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sun dried tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded; divided into ½ cup and ¼ cup portions
  • 1 large orange bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 3 cups cooked small red beans or black beans, cooked without salt


  1. In large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and mushrooms. Sauté until onions are translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat. Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to high. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
  4. Gradually add cornmeal while whisking continuously. Once all cornmeal is added, reduce heat to low.
  5. Stir in sun dried tomato and basil. Cook and stir 10 minutes or until thick and creamy.
  6. Remove from heat. Add butter and pepper. Stir until butter is melted.
  7. Add ½ cup Parmesan cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
  8. Pour into 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate to cool completely.
  9. Sauté orange, yellow and red bell pepper strips in skillet using remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once pepper strips are tender, add beans and stir until beans are warm. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  10. Once polenta is cool, cut into 6 pieces. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Broil 4 inches from heat for 5 minutes. Turn and broil 5-6 minutes longer or until heated through.
  11. Top polenta slices with bell pepper and bean mixture. Sprinkle with ¼ cup Parmesan cheese.