Cheesy Veggie Pesto Polenta Bake

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This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

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This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

There are few things better than creamy, cheesy polenta. Like I can’t think of a single thing right now. Polenta is my comfort food, when it’s cooked with milk, stock and cheese stirred through it I could eat it all by itself.

I also love it topped with roasted veg, especially something like butternut squash, or creamy mushrooms.

This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

But sometimes you really need something that’s been baked in the oven and is covered in bubbly melted cheese.

Under that layer of cheese you’ll find a whole bunch of yummy vegetables which will help keep you feeling healthy this winter (trust me, I’m needing this, I’m fighting a sore throat hard right now).

Ingredients you need to make this cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake:

  • Milk
  • Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • Fine Polenta
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Sweet Potato
  • Courgettes
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Baby Leaf Spinach
  • Passata
  • Dried Oregano
  • Red Pesto
  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar Cheese

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake…

This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

Although this looks like it might be a bit complicated to put together it’s actually pretty simple. Once you’ve cooked the polenta and lightly cooked the vegetables in a tomato sauce it’s just a case of putting it all together.

Making sure to smear a layer of red pesto in between the polenta and vegetables for an extra flavour. I added plenty of cheese on top for obvious reasons. Mozzarella is just a dream for that melty, bubbly topping that we all dream of at night (just me?) and then cheddar adds a load of extra cheesy flavour.

This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

Then you shove it in the oven until all the cheese is melty and browned. You don’t need anything else to go with this cheesy pesto polenta bake, it’s a complete meal in here what with the veg and the polenta and did I mention the cheese?

I can’t really think of anything better to curl up with when you need a bit of comfort.

If you need more polenta recipes (yes, need, obviously) then find all my favourites here!

This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS CHEESY VEGGIE PESTO POLENTA BAKE?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

Cheesy Veggie Pesto Polenta Bake

This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 500 ml Milk
  • 500 ml Stock chicken or vegetable
  • 200 g Fine Polenta
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 Sweet Potato peeled and chopped
  • 2 Courgettes chopped
  • 100 g Button Mushrooms halved
  • 2 handfuls Baby Leaf Spinach
  • 500 g Passata
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 3 tbsp Red Pesto
  • 1 ball Mozzarella
  • 200 g Cheddar Cheese grated
  • Few leaves Basil sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C. Make the polenta. Bring the stock and milk to a boil over a medium high heat. Whisk in the polenta and cook for 10 minutes. Add the butter and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and pour into the base of a baking dish.
  • Heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan or skillet over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sweet potato and cook for another 5 minutes followed by the courgette. Cook for another 10 minutes until all the vegetables have softened. Pour in the passata and add the oregano. 
  • Bring the vegetable mixture to a simmer and then smear the red pesto over the polenta in the baking dish followed by the spinach leaves. Once the vegetables have been simmering for five minutes remove from the heat and pour it over the polenta, pesto and spinach. Tear apart the mozzarella and spread over the top of the casserole followed by the grated cheddar. Place in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted. 
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Veggie Pesto Polenta Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 550 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 960mg40%
Potassium 1034mg30%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 8720IU174%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 589mg59%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

This cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake will keep you warm in winter! Bursting with veg & guaranteed to fill you up, this is the perfect vegetarian dinner.

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennie Durren
    03/02/2017 at 3:31 AM

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious and filling! If we ever actually get real winter weather here I’d love to make this on a cold night.

    I had to look up “passata” – I think it’s just regular pureed tomatoes in the States but guessing passed through a sieve?

    • Reply
      Amy
      03/02/2017 at 10:40 AM

      Hi Jennie,

      Thanks! Definitely let me know if you try it 🙂

      And yes, that sounds about right – I’ll update the recipe to avoid confusion in the future! xx

  • Reply
    Jenn
    01/09/2017 at 8:47 PM

    I’m sitting in cozy sweaters in AUGUST which is crazy for NJ, so my brain is turning to comforting fall food and this sounds perfect. I love polenta and this will definitely be a delicious veggie bake to introduce into weekend dinner rotation. Can’t wait!

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    01/09/2017 at 9:48 PM

    I am very interested in following your recipe of cheesy veggie pesto polenta bake,will make it over the weekend. Thanks

  • Reply
    Stephanie@ApplesforCJ
    01/09/2017 at 9:52 PM

    Yum! This is my kind of eating. Anything covered with gooey cheese and I’m sold. I could eat this right now.

  • Reply
    Ginny
    01/09/2017 at 10:46 PM

    5 stars
    People don’t cook with polenta enough. This looks like a wonderful casserole with great ingredients.

  • Reply
    Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction
    01/09/2017 at 11:09 PM

    This bake looks absolutely delicious! My family loves cheesy bakes!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    02/09/2017 at 12:26 AM

    5 stars
    Drooling. This casserole looks amazing!

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