Grilled Polenta with Spicy Cannellini Beans

Grilled Polenta with Spicy Cannellini Beans

Published January 30, 2013 | Written by

Published by: Healthline Exclusive

Servings: 4
Total Time: 90 min

Prep Time: 25 min | Cook Time: 60 min


Fortunately ready-made polenta is now widely available in most Supermarkets. If you aren't able to find it, or prefer to make it from scratch, place 1 cup of cornmeal in a saucepan and stir in 4 cups of cold water. Whisk vigorously for 1-2 minutes to prevent the mixture from becoming lumpy. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and cook until thick, about 30 minutes. Spread evenly into a lightly greased baking pan and chill until firm.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2 polenta slices and approx. 440 g bean mixture
Calories per serving: 438
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.9g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.2g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Sodium 268mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 96.0g 32%
Dietary Fiber 17.0g 68%
Protein 19.7g 27%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons salt-free chilli
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans low-sodium diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 to 21/2 cups water
  • 1 (16-ounce) package of ready-made polenta cut into 8 slices

Step by Step:

  1. Spray a large, heavy-bottom casserole dish with cooking oil and place over a medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and sauté 3 minutes or until onions have softened.
  3. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds before adding the wine. Cook over a moderate heat until it has reduced by 3/4.
  4. Stir in red bell peppers and next seven ingredients.
  5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 40 to 45 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  6. Meanwhile, spray polenta slices with cooking spray and cook either on a stovetop grill-pan or under the grill for approximately 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  7. Serve bean mixture over 2 polenta slices.