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polenta with cheddar and chives on a white napkin

4-Ingredient Cheddar Chive Polenta

Kristina Todini, RDN
Cheddar Chive Polenta, a simple cornmeal side dish with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped chives that’s ready in only ten minutes. You’ll love this easy 4-ingredient recipe!
4.80 stars (5 ratings)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salads + Side Dishes
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 365 kcal


  • 2 cups polenta about 1 package
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 bunch chives chopped


  • Cook the polenta: Add polenta and vegetable broth to a saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and cover with a lid. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until polenta is thick.
  • Mix in the flavorings: Remove the polenta from heat, then stir in salt, pepper, cheddar, and half of the chives until the cheese has melted and is well combined with polenta.
  • Garnish and serve: Top the polenta with remaining chives and serve as a side dish or as a base for stews or roasted vegetables.


  • Tools needed: large saucepan, wooden spoon, cheese grater, knife set
  • Consistency notes: If polenta is too thick, stir in more broth or water and stir until desired consistency
  • Leftovers and storage: Let polenta cool and store in an airtight container for up to four days. Reheat in a sauce pan, stirring in broth or water until smooth.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 10gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 1043mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 856IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cheddar chive polenta, cheesy polenta, polenta recipe
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