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Neapolitan Polenta Pie

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Quick Facts

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Total: 55 min.
Polenta is cornmeal porridge native to Northern Italy. In this recipe, it becomes the base for a layered deep-dish pie.


  • 12 oz nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 cup polenta or yellow corn grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups bottled pizza sauce
  • 1 cup red onion, sliced
  • 1/4 lb field mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Tbs capers
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 Tbs grated Parmesan*
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped


  • The day before serving, prepare “cheese” by mixing yogurt with 1/2 tsp (3g) salt and pouring into a strainer lined with several layers of cheesecloth. Squeeze cloth gently around yogurt and place over bowl. Refrigerate and let drain at least 10 hours. Carefully remove cheesecloth from ball of cheese.
  • Bring water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan. Stir polenta and 1/2 tsp (2g) salt into boiling water with a wire whisk. Reduce heat, cover and cook, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes or until thick but soft. Pour polenta into a 9-inch (23cm) nonstick pie plate and spread evenly over bottom and up sides of dish.
  • Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Spread pizza sauce over polenta. Arrange vegetables over sauce, then top with yogurt cheese, capers and Parmesan cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until pie is bubbling hot throughout. Remove pie from oven and top with basil.

* Allergy notes: The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 208
  Calories from Fat 27 (13%)
(5%)Total Fat 3g
(5%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
(1%)Cholesterol 4mg
(29%)Sodium 688mg
(12%)Potassium 405mg
Total Carbohydrate 38g
(18%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(15%)Protein 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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