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Basil Polenta with Ratatouille

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 40 min.

Makes

4 servings

For our wedding reception, we wanted to provide a vegan menu to our guests. Not one complained; they raved about the polenta topped with colorful ratatouille, our version of the classic French stewed vegetable dish. —Kimberly Hammond, Kingwood, Texas
Basil Polenta with Ratatouille Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh basil leaves

Directions

  1. In a large heavy saucepan, bring water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle boil; slowly whisk in cornmeal. Cook and stir with a wooden spoon until polenta is thickened and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the pan, 15-20 minutes. Stir in basil.
  2. Spread into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the eggplant, onion and green pepper in 2 tablespoons oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, oregano, pepper and remaining salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until vegetables are tender, 10-12 minutes.
  4. Cut polenta into 4 squares. In another large skillet, cook polenta in remaining oil in batches until golden brown, 7-8 minutes on each side. Serve with ratatouille; garnish with basil.

Nutrition Facts

1 polenta square with 1 cup ratatouille: 400 calories, 22g fat (3g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 709mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 10g fiber), 6g protein.

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