Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time. This month’s secret: Basil Polenta with Roasted Spinach and Tomatoes.
This month I was assigned a beautiful and tasty blog, Food Ramblings, written by Elizabeth. She started her blog like many other have, with the intentions of changing for a better lifestyle without sacrifying the taste. So far she has done a great job. There are many recipes to choose from, tons with seafood and shrimp too which I love. As usual a struggle when it came to choosing one recipe. COntenders were the yummy Garlic Cheese Monkey Bread and the rather unusual (so curious to try) Bacon and Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese.
But I settle on a simple yet classical recipe full of roasted flavors, the Basil Polenta with Roasted Spinach and Tomatoes. I kept the same recipe for roasting the veggies but I added a bit to the polenta by giving one of my recipes, a more classic Italian Lakes twist. Two secret ingredients: cream and parmesan cheese!
Basil Polenta with Roasted Spinach and Tomatoes
- 2 cups cherry/grape tomatoes
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup light cream
- 1 cup polenta/cornmeal
- 1/3 cup chopped basil
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese roughly chopped
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the tomatoes, spinach, and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
- While the tomatoes are roasting, make the polenta by bringing to a boil 2 cups of water with a bit of salt. When the water is hot stir in the polenta. Lower heat, add cream and stir until cooked (puliing of the sides of the pan). Stir in basil, cheese and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve polenta into individual bowls and top with roasted tomatoes and spinach.
I’m glad I found this! I love roasting vegetables. These look tasty!
Nice way to serve polenta, I love the idea of roasted spinach and tomatoes…delicious.
Have a great week Evelyne and yes, I am back 😀
I would totally make these!
i like the touch of refreshing veggies on a carbs like polenta….
what a great invention!
Love roasting veggies this season (not to mention such a time savor when I work on homework with kids!). This looks delicious!
Delicious! Have to try this one for sure. Thanks for sharing!
With all these lovely ingredients I can imagine how delicious the dish is. I love roasted veggies and this is such a great choice!
Roasted spinach – now that’s a new one on me. That a great dish! I love polenta and these veggies over polenta sounds wonderful!
Yum! I am a huge polenta fan, and yours looks great!
This is a lovely dish great for winter and comforting.
Sounds incredibly delicious!
I love roasted veggies! They have such a profound flavor and the polenta sounds like the perfect bed for them!
Where’s the meat? As good as it looks, any dish can be improved with meat.
So fun! I had some great polenta in Italy one time, but I can’t ever quite recapture that texture. Maybe the difference is that cream?
Oh, yeah, you picked out a marvelous recipe! I’d be delighted with a big bowl for my dinner 🙂
G’day As a meat lover, I can say this vegetarian dish looks delish, true!
I could go for trying some right now and love the colorful plate too!
What a flavoursome looking recipe! 😀 I don’t think I’ve had roasted spinach but I have baked kale so I think it would be similarly tasty 🙂
I love spinach but have never roasted it. Something new to try!
The roasted veggies must really add tremendous flavor to the dish. Looks great.
This makes for a beautiful dish. Love the addition of cream and cheese!
I have never tried roasted spinach…the basil polenta sounds and looks wonderfully delicious.
I just love the heartiness of this veggie meal!
This could easily become a quick-dinner favorite – tasty, easy to prepare, ingredients on hand, and healthy (except for my heavy hand with the cream and cheese).
So glad you liked the recipe– and for the polenta, you’re right– everything does taste better with cream and cheese 🙂
I’m always thrilled to find new vegetarian recipes, especially when they look as tasty as this one and are easy to prepare too.