Vegan Comfort Food: Spinach Polenta with Red Sauce

Spinach Polenta with Red Sauce


Polenta –

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups organic polenta/grits (used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 9 ounce bag spinach leaves, finely chopped

To Serve –

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Favorite red sauce


Heat a large/deep saucepan over medium-high. Add oil and onion, sauté until tender and golden. Add water, polenta, garlic, salt and pepper, bring to boil. Turn to medium-low and cook, stirring or whisking often, for 20 minutes.

Add in the spinach on top, cover and let wilt, then stir in and cook for 5 minutes more.

Line a 9×13″ glass baking dish with plastic wrap. Spread the cooked polenta in the dish, smooth out. Chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight. Cut in wedges.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high, drizzle oil over it. Add in the wedges, not over crowding pan. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until crispy on both sides.

Serve topped with warm red sauce – I made a favorite sauce and added a cup of pumpkin purée before serving.

Serves 6 to 8.




  1. This looks really good! I think you are missing something in the ingredients list though. 2 cups ?
    I’ve never tried polenta, I’m sometime intimidated to try new things but this looks easy enough.

  2. Gosh that looks great. I think I’m gonna get some polenta tomorrow and try this. The last time I tried to make polenta I put rosemary in it and it turned out kind tasteless

  3. Looks fab, and right up my Mediterranean alley. Thanks for posting!

  4. Sarah, I’m going to gain weight just looking at all your posts today. How fun would it be to cook up a storm in the kitchen with you!?! 🙂

    • I know! I need a bigger kitchen 😉 I love cooking with others, in my house the kitchen is where everyone gathers!

      • We’ll you’ll just have to come over the next time you’re in Utah. My kitchen is ridiculous, in a really good way. I’m a lucky girl! When I moved in 2 years ago I had no idea how I’d fill my pantry or all my cabinets, of course now they’re all bursting at the seams!

        • I loooovvveeee Utah in spring! It is the best hiking time. Gotta show my little ones Arches and Canyonlands 🙂

        • oh yes, you must! And Zion’s and Bryce and the Grand Canyon. Can I come? 🙂

        • I know! There is never enough time to see everything down there. So many places to wander! I haven’t been to the Grand Canyon – it is on my Must Do List.

        • Part of the reason why I really love living here. You’re area is incredibly beautiful as well. And yes, you must really see the Grand Canyon someday. It’s every bit as mesmorizing as they say!

  5. Have you joined the Virtual Vegan Potluck on Nov 1st? I would love to see you there!

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