Polenta with Mushroom Ragout

Polenta with Mushroom Ragout

Two of my favorite foods are cornmeal and mushrooms, so I can't resist combining the two. This rich and savory mushroom ragout, which is essentially a thick sauce or gravy, would also go nicely with rice or any other grain of your choosing, including pasta.

Polenta with Mushroom RagoutPolenta with Mushroom Ragout
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Cuisine: Italian
Published on November 1, 2007

Rich, savory seasoned mushroom ragout spooned over hot creamy Parmesan polenta

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs (900 g) fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or 1/4 cup vermouth and 1/4 cup of water)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • In a wok or large frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When hot, sauté the mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper for 8 to 10 minutes or until all of the liquid is evaporated.

  • Next, add the wine or vermouth and water and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until evaporated.

  • Add the flour, stirring to coat the mushrooms, and then pour in the stock or water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the parsley before serving.

  • To make the polenta, bring the milk, water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Whisk in the cornmeal and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring, until thickened — about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.

  • Spoon the ragout over the polenta and serve.

Makes 6 servings
Polenta with Mushroom Ragout


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

You definitely have a way with mushrooms Lisa. Long may it continue!

Lisa Turner said...

Thanks Holler. More mushroom recipes coming soon!

Finla said...

Wow the mushroom ragu looks so delicious.