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Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta

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Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine’s meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.

We absolutely love eating polenta. Especially in the winter when you just want comfort food everyday and it’s one of those ingredients which seems to work so well as a base for so many different things including beef ragu, prawns, butternut squash and now creamy mushrooms!

Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

How do we feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it? Will and I are not very good at celebrating it. This is our sixth one as a couple and I can’t remember us ever really making a big deal of it.

I am not the type of person that’s bothered at all and would definitely not expect a present, I’m happy with a card with some nice sappy words about how much he loves me.

Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

But the one thing we definitely do to celebrate is share a delicious meal. Of course.

Last year Will made me an amazing three course meal for when I got home from work that included pâté, beef sirloin, poached pears and panna cotta. I am very excited to see what he comes up with this year.

Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

Realistically, if he just serves up a big bowl of these creamy mushrooms with mascarpone polenta I would be pretty happy.

There’s so much joy in a bowl of polenta, especially when it’s got silky smooth marcarpone stirred through it to give it an extra bit of flavour and comforting yumminess. I normally use this brand of polenta and it comes together so quickly which I love so much for weeknights.

HOW TO MAKE MASCARPONE POLENTA:

  • Use the best quality stock you can. There are only a few ingredients in your polenta so everything you use has a big effect on flavour, if you use a good stock it will really help your polenta taste delicious.
  • Get your milk and stock on to boil while you’re cooking everything else. The polenta comes together really quickly at the end so you want everything ready to go.
  • Make sure you whisk while adding your polenta. This is the most important tip – lumpy polenta is rubbish so you want to whisk quickly as you slowly pour in the polenta.
  • Leave your mascarpone out to soften a little so it’s easy to stir though your polenta before serving.

These tips will help you get perfectly smooth and silky polenta!

Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

Then, of course, we’ve got these creamy mushrooms which are cooked with white wine, thyme, butter and cream. So basically all the best, most indulgent foods. It’s pure happiness.

TIPS FOR PERFECT CREAMY MUSHROOMS:

  • The onion, mushroom and thyme all go in at the same time so make sure they’re all chopped and ready before you start melting the butter.
  • It’s better to use a slightly higher heat to cook the mushrooms because you want them to caramelise rather than stew so the sooner the liquid released by the mushrooms can evaporate the better. Just make sure you keep a close eye on them!
  • Make sure you add the squeeze of lemon at the end, it adds such a lovely freshness.

Thyme is definitely a herb I don’t use enough and it works so beautifully with these creamy mushrooms. Especially with the white wine in there as well.

Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

And finally we’ve got a poached egg. Which I guess you don’t strictly need but you kind of definitely do because that creamy yolk helps to make everything taste even more indulgent.

Sprinkled with some cracked black pepper and a few extra thyme leaves you’re getting a dreamy dinner. If you’re after something to serve up to your favourite person on Valentine’s Day then you won’t find anything better 💘

Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

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Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta

These creamy mushrooms over indulgent marscarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 804kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 350 g Mushrooms sliced
  • 3 sprigs Thyme leaves picked
  • 30 g Butter
  • Splash White Wine
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Red Onion finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 150 ml Double Cream
  • Squeeze of Lemon

For the Polenta

  • 400 g Fine/Quick Cook Polenta
  • 1 litre Milk
  • 1 litre Vegetable Stock
  • 60 g Unsalted Butter
  • 5 tbsp Mascarpone
  • 4 Poached Eggs to serve

Instructions

  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a saucepan until the butter has melted. Add the onion, mushrooms, thyme and plenty of salt and pepper. Cook until everything is softened and the mushrooms are starting to caramelise.
  • Add the wine and cook until the liquid has evaporated. Pour in the cream and add a squeeze of lemon. Serve over the polenta and topped with a poached egg.

To Make the Mascarpone Polenta

  • Put the milk and stock in a pan over a medium-high heat, season and bring to the boil. Once it's starting to simmer add the polenta and whisk quickly to avoid lumps. Turn the heat down and leave to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the mascarpone and butter and stir through until melted. 
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 804 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Potassium 463mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 85g 28%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 32.5%
Vitamin C 5.2%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 8.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

I like to add a little drizzle of truffle oil to the polenta to make it feel even more special!
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Creamy Mushrooms with Mascarpone Polenta. These creamy mushrooms over indulgent mascarpone polenta are just as good for a winter weeknight dinner as they are for a romantic Valentine's meal. Serve with a poached egg on top for an amazing vegetarian feast. #polenta #recipe #vegetarian #mushroom #creamymushrooms

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Mairi
    11/02/2018 at 10:53 AM

    This looks absolutely fabulous! I especially love your food photography – the contrast of yellow with blue works so well!

    • Reply
      Amy
      11/02/2018 at 11:20 PM

      Thanks so much Mairi!

  • Reply
    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    11/02/2018 at 12:43 PM

    This is brilliant, I love polenta but I’ve never made it with mascarpone. I’ve got it in the risotto I posted today, though, it’s such a luxurious ingredient!

    • Reply
      Amy
      11/02/2018 at 11:20 PM

      Definitely, it’s such a treat!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    11/02/2018 at 12:51 PM

    I love polenta and mushroom together – such a classic that I just can’t get enough of! A great idea for a delicious dinner and for Valentine’s day too ♥

    • Reply
      Amy
      11/02/2018 at 11:21 PM

      Thank you Natalie 🙂

  • Reply
    Susan M
    11/02/2018 at 1:30 PM

    I often order polenta but have never made it. Your recipe makes it seem straightforward. I’m going to try this. Love mushrooms too!

    • Reply
      Amy
      11/02/2018 at 11:21 PM

      Let me know how it turns out! x

  • Reply
    Ellen
    11/02/2018 at 1:30 PM

    That looks like heaven in a bowl! Love the idea of making polenta with mascarpone!

    • Reply
      Amy
      11/02/2018 at 11:21 PM

      Thanks Ellen!

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