Deep Dish Polenta Pizza!

by Nicole on March 13, 2010

Good morning! I love waking up on Saturday morning and not wanting to move. A small part of me wished it was sunny so I could go for a nice run outside, but that’s okay. Instead I woke up kind of late for me (8 am) and made some coffee. I had a small malfunction because my coffee grinder broke mid-grind. I had to use my food processor and blender to grind up the beans, which I thought was pretty innovative, kind of like the time I used a paper towel for a coffee filter. 

Yesterday I went food shopping because I wanted to make some food for a friend from work. Her daughter has been going through some not so good times and I wanted to do something for them. I made 2 trays of baked ziti, one for her family, 1/2 for my grandma and aunt and 1/2 for Danny. I also made them a loaf of bread, which is always torturous when you cant eat it when it comes out of the bread machine.  

For dinner Danny had some baked ziti and I wanted to try something new.  I saw polenta pizza a couple of different places in the blog world, so I decided to try it.  I cooked the polenta first on the stove. 

I decided this pyrex would be the best pan/dish to use.

I put some sauce on top that I made for the ziti. I used a little too much because it made the baking time REALLY long. I added mushrooms, squash, red onion and tomatoes to the top.
Done. It gets brown and crispy around the edges.

Deep Dish Polenta Pizza

adapted from here


  • 1 cup polenta (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Whatever toppings you want:
  • I used:
  • 3 T tomato sauce
  • 5-6 slices of mushrooms
  • 1/4 squash, sliced thin
  • 1/2 vine ripened tomato
  • 5 thin slices of red onion

  • Directions
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan or pie plate with non stick spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring 2¼ cups water to a boil. Whisking constantly, slowly add the polenta. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, until the polenta starts to pull away from the side of the pan, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Using a spoon, spread the polenta over the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.
  3. Spread tomato sauce over the top of polenta. Add toppings. Cook in a 400 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes, until the sides are brown and crispy. (I had to cook mine for an hour because I added too much sauce!)
This is a great pizza alternative. 1/4 cup of polenta (which is 1/4 of the pizza) is only 180 calories! 

I also finished up this ice cream and added another 1/2 banana to it!

Have a great weekend! Stay dry if you are getting soaked like we are here in NY!
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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

YUM YUM!!! Thanks fo sharing!! Happy Saturday!!


Federica March 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

What a wonderful and original idea! I must remember it ^_^ Happy sunday


redkathy March 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm

What a yummy pizza! I love polenta, never prepared it myself, can you believe that! Shame on me. Your display has so inspired me, I'm going to try preparing your polenta pizza this week. Have a great weekend!


Travel Eat Love March 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm

That looks SO good!


Lynn @ The Next Chapter March 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Very kind of you to make a few meals for your friend. :)

That pizza looks delish!! I've never cooked with polenta before but seen it around the blogs. Must try soon.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


SLColman March 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I never thought to do this… Wow Gluten Free Pizza!!


Simply Life March 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm

wow! what a great idea!


pegasuslegend March 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

very nice bravo love this and so healthy


biz319 March 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I've never thought of using polenta as a pizza base – good job!

I have made polenta fries though – yum!


Lori March 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm

This is one pizza I have to try! I would love the crust. I've seen some polenta casseroles, but nothing like this, so similar to a pizza. Your choice of toppings looks delicious.


Trix March 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I LOVE polenta, it's such a great way to get all that carb-y feeling without easting pasta. Mmmmm.


joanna March 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm

just added your blog to my aunt mar's favorites!!


quarterlifewellness March 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I need to make this!! I have a new found obsession with polenta!


Fit Chick in the City March 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

You're totally innovative and sweet too! So nice of you to make food for those peeps!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

that looks so colorful and pretty! that is my hubs' kind of food, he would just adore that recipe!


Christine March 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

WOW! That looks really different! Definitely worth trying!

PS I just made your tuna yesterday- deeeeelicious!


Gracie @ Girl Meets Health March 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

That pizza looks BOMB! Pizza is probably my favorite food, so I'll take it in just about any form :) I also love polenta…it has such great flavor and texture. I'll have to give this a try one of these days, for sure!


espo. March 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

AH! we just made a polenta pizza this weekend! i got it from the moosewood cookbook. looks delish! xo


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