Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet

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This one skillet dish combines the delicious flavors of roasted tomatoes, crispy kale & cheesy polenta in a simple recipe that’s vegetarian & gluten free!

Roasted Tomato and Kale Polenta Skillet

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  1. How do you make money?
  2. What’s your favorite recipe?
  3. How do you keep coming up with new recipes?

To answer these questions:

  1. I’m currently working on a “Blogger Resource” page for WhitneyBond.com which will include everything from how to start a blog, how to use social media to promote and grow a blog, SEO tips for bloggers and the million dollar question… how to make money blogging!
  2. My recipes are like my babies and while I do love them all… I do have some personal favorites, you can find them all here!
  3. I honestly can’t stop coming up with new recipes. I sit down to create one or two new recipes, then end up with a 10 page google doc filled with new ideas. This is how most of my recipes are created, well thought out, planned, ingredients shopped for, made, photographed, eaten (my favorite part 😉 ).  The one exception to this rule are the days where I just head into the kitchen and whip up something with whatever is left in the fridge.  I like to call these my “experimental days” and they usually go one of two ways. I either end up with one of the best recipes I’ve ever made, or with a recipe that’s edible but not “Blog-worthy”.

Skillet Polenta with Kale

This recipe was one of those special recipes that came together with ingredients I had left in my refrigerator and was one of the best recipes I’ve ever made.

My friend Tim was coming over for lunch on Wednesday, so I planned this grand meal of Mediterranean Stuffed Shells and Beet Hummus, both of which were totally delicious and very “photography friendly”.

Oh, I forgot to mention that Tim is an uber talented photographer, seriously, check out his work, so whenever he comes over to eat, I have to make sure my meals are “Instagram-worthy” haha.

Well, of course his shoot on Wednesday ran late, so we had to move lunch to Friday. Womp, womp. Looked like I would be the only one posting photos of the stuffed shells and beet hummus to Instagram!

Needless to say Friday rolled around and I didn’t have time to go grocery shopping, so instead of a planned, grand meal, Tim got a “whatever is in my fridge meal”. Luckily, it just so happened to come out amazing!

This meal is the Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet.

Kale Tomato Polenta Skillet Ingredients

Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet Ingredients

  • 18 oz prepared polenta
  • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups kale (chopped)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Combine the polenta, mascarpone and parmesan cheeses.

Polenta Pie Recipe

Spread in the bottom of a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe skillet).

Polenta Skillet Recipe

In a large bowl, combine the kale, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

Balsamic Roasted Kale and Tomatoes

Place the mixture on top of the polenta in the skillet.

Kale and Tomato Polenta Skillet

Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Kale Tomato Polenta Skillet Dinner

Voila! Creamy, cheesy polenta, topped with crispy kale and juicy tomatoes made for the perfect combination of taste and texture in this super easy one dish meal!

Cheesy Polenta Skillet with Roasted Kale and Tomatoes

Grab a spoon and dig in!

Polenta Tomato Skillet

Roasted Tomato and Kale Polenta Skillet
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Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet

This one skillet dish combines the delicious flavors of roasted tomatoes, crispy kale & cheesy polenta in a simple recipe that's vegetarian & gluten free!

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 309 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 18 oz prepared polenta
  • ¼ cup mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups kale chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Combine the polenta, mascarpone and parmesan cheeses.
  3. Spread in the bottom of a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe skillet).
  4. In a large bowl, combine the kale, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  5. Place the mixture on top of the polenta in the skillet.
  6. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and top with the fresh chopped basil.