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Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

There is nothing better than fresh garden tomatoes and basil, especially when you put them together. They are a match made in heaven. Our garden is producing a lot of tomatoes and basil, which means I am always thinking of ways to use them in the kitchen. My new favorite way to enjoy our garden tomatoes and basil is in this Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes recipe. It’s a winner!


For our third Kitchen Conversations, it’s all about simple back-to-school meals, and this recipe definitely fits the bill. While Caleb may not be heading to school this fall, I know it’s a struggle for any family to get dinner on the table during the busy weeknights. With this recipe, we had dinner on the table in under 30 minutes, and it sure was tasty! Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes is going to be a regular meal at our house. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the end-of-the-summer tomatoes and basil!


And, good news: the recipe is as simple as can be. I’m always looking for quick easy and weeknight recipes, and this is one of them! You only need a few ingredients to make this tasty meal: polenta, Land O Lakes® Butter, Parmesan cheese, milk, basil, grape tomatoes, garlic and a little olive oil.


We used instant polenta to keep the recipe quick and easy. When dinnertime rolls around, we are always looking for simple recipes that we can get on the table in a hurry. We added a Half Stick of Land O Lakes® Butter to add creaminess to the polenta. One half stick was the perfect amount!


We also added milk, Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped basil to the polenta.



We roasted grape tomatoes with garlic and olive oil in the oven. They took only 20 minutes to roast and made our house smell amazing!


We spooned the polenta into bowls and added the roasted tomatoes. We sprinkled on a little extra Parmesan cheese for presentation and for extra cheesiness!



Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes is going to be a regular meal at our house. Plus, it’s a great way to use up the end-of-the-summer tomatoes and basil!



And, good news: the recipe is as simple as can be. I’m always looking for quick easy and weeknight recipes, and this is one of them! You only need a few ingredients to make this tasty meal: polenta, Land O Lakes® Butter, Parmesan cheese, milk, basil, grape tomatoes, garlic and a little olive oil.



We used instant polenta to keep the recipe quick and easy. When dinnertime rolls around, we are always looking for simple recipes that we can get on the table in a hurry. We added a Half Stick of Land O Lakes® Butter to add creaminess to the polenta. One half stick was the perfect amount!



Looking for a quick and easy meal for back to school, or anytime? Make Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes. Oh, and this recipe is Caleb-approved. He devoured his bowl!



Creamy Basil Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


Ingredients:

For the roasted tomatoes:

2 cups grape tomatoes
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste



For the polenta:

1 9-ounce package of instant polenta
1 Half Stick (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® butter
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped basil
Salt and black pepper, to taste



Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the tomatoes and garlic cloves on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until tomatoes are well coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.


While the tomatoes are roasting, make the polenta. Make polenta according to package instructions. Stir in butter, milk, parmesan cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper.


Serve immediately so the instant polenta doesn't firm up. Pour the polenta into individual bowls and top with roasted tomatoes.


Note: If the polenta firms up, just add more water or milk and stir. We ate leftovers the next day. I just added a little water before heating it up in the microwave and it was creamy and delicious!


Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Land O’Lakes for their Kitchen Conversations blogger program, but our opinions are our own. We love Land O Lakes ® Butter!

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