Pumpkin Polenta

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Pumpkin Polenta

Pumpkin polenta is the perfect comfort food for the Fall when we crave all things pumpkin-flavored.

Instead of grabbing that fat-filled, unhealthy Pumpkin Spice Latte, instead enjoy this rich and comforting Fall treat.

Polenta pairs well with just about anything so enjoy as a main dish served with roasted vegetables.  You could even serve this as a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, or even an appetizer!

What’s also great about pumpkin polenta is that pumpkin is considered a superfood.  It’s packed with antioxidants like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin.  These antioxidants neutralize free radicals and stop cellular damage.

Pumpkin is also high in Vitamins A, C, and E which all work together to help boost your immune system.  Immunity is especially important in the Fall/Winter months.

So, make this pumpkin polenta tonight and not only will you soothe your soul, your body will thank you too.

Pumpkin Polenta Notes:

You can enjoy this pumpkin dish on Cycles 2-4 of the 17 Day Diet: Activate, Achieve and Arrive Cycles!

Pumpkin Polenta

Pumpkin Polenta

Polenta is the Italian version of cornmeal mush. Cooking polenta use to be time-consuming requiring contact stirring for almost an hour to make it smooth. Now, with instant polenta, it's a snap and worth doing.
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Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Dr. Mike Moreno


  • 3 cups fat-free and low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin (do not use canned pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup instant polenta


  • Put the broth, pumpkin puree, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and cayenne (if using) into a large saucepan.
  • Set over medium-high heat; whisk occasionally until the pumpkin dissolves and the mixture comes to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Whisk in the polenta.
  • Continue stirring until thick and creamy, about 3 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


  • A whisk is important, it helps keep the polenta creamy. A wooden spoon will work, but your polenta will be lumpy not creamy.
  • Feel free to add other spices like sage.
  • Add 2 ounces of finely grated fat-free cheese to the polenta by stirring it in at the end after the pan is off the heat.
  • You can easily double this recipe to feed a crowd!