Savory Symphony: Polenta con Funghi in the Heart of England


Imagine a dish where the rustic charm of the English countryside meets the refined flavors of Italian cuisine. Polenta con Funghi is a culinary masterpiece that marries creamy, buttery polenta with a melody of wild mushrooms, each bite infused with aromatic herbs and a hint of garlic. The polenta, smooth and comforting, serves as the perfect canvas for the robust, earthy tones of the mushrooms. Topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan, this dish promises a sensory journey through the lush fields of England and the sun-kissed terrains of Italy.

Savory Symphony: Polenta con Funghi in the Heart of England

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Ideal Serving Size: A generous scoop of polenta topped with a hearty portion of mushrooms

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories per Serving: Approx. 350 kcal
  • Macronutrients:
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 12g (saturated: 5g)
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • Polenta (fine ground cornmeal): 250g
  • Mixed wild mushrooms (cleaned and sliced): 300g
  • Vegetable broth: 750ml
  • Parmesan cheese (grated): 50g
  • Garlic (minced): 2 cloves
  • Fresh thyme: 5g
  • Unsalted butter: 50g
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Polenta Preparation: In a large saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Gradually whisk in the polenta. Reduce heat to low, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens and the polenta is tender (about 30-35 minutes). Stir in butter and half of the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Mushroom Sauté: While the polenta cooks, heat olive oil in a skillet. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add mushrooms, cooking until tender and browned. Season with salt, pepper, and fresh thyme.
  3. Assembly: Spoon the creamy polenta onto plates, top with the mushroom mixture, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a wooden spoon for stirring polenta to prevent sticking.
  • For an extra flavor kick, add a splash of white wine to the mushrooms while cooking.
  • Fresh mushrooms offer the best flavor and texture, but rehydrated dried mushrooms can also work well.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use chicken broth instead of vegetable broth? Absolutely, chicken broth will add a richer flavor.
  • How can I make this dish vegan? Replace butter with vegan butter and omit the Parmesan or use a vegan alternative.
  • Is it necessary to constantly stir the polenta? Yes, to avoid lumps and ensure a smooth texture.