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Sage Polenta Bowls with Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Wild Mushrooms

Sage Polenta Bowls with Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms Recipe

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Sage Polenta Bowls with Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Wild Mushrooms

This isn’t a Christmas recipe, but it’s a good meal for this week because it’s simple and unfussy. It’s a hectic time of year and you need simple dinners! You roast Brussels sprouts and wild mushrooms in the oven and while you’re doing that, you cook a pot of polenta. Polenta doesn’t have much flavor on its own, so I’ve added some cheese and fresh sage to give it a bit of a boost. Sage is one of my favorite herbs to use at this time of year—something about it just works so well with fall and winter veggies. These polenta bowls are one of those meals that’s so delicious, it’s hard to believe how easy they are to make.

Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms

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Sage Polenta Bowls with Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms Recipe

Sage Polenta Bowls with Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Wild Mushrooms

An easy, rustic vegetarian dinner made with creamy sage polenta and oven-roasted Brussels sprouts and mushrooms.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts trimmed and quartered
  • 1 4-ounce package assorted wild mushrooms (fresh, not dried)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh sage


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Toss the Brussels sprouts and mushrooms in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  • While the veggies are roasting, bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk in the polenta and continue to whisk constantly until the polenta is thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of Parmesan, sage, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Divide the polenta into 4 bowls and top each with 1/4 of the roasted veggies and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.
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  • Reply
    February 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

    This looks delicious. Is there anything vegan I can sub in for parmesan as I dont eat it (vegetarian) and my son is dairy allergic. is the purpose of the cheese just to ‘cream’ it up?
    Really want to try this recipe. Thanks!!

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      Kiersten Frase
      February 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      I’ve seen a few people mention on Pinterest that they were going to make this recipe with nutritional yeast, although since I haven’t tried it myself, I can’t tell you how it would taste or how much to use. A vegan cheese (maybe mozzarella-style?) would probably work too. There are vegetarian versions of parmesan cheese–imported parm is always non-veg because of EU labeling laws, but many domestic parms are made without rennet. I like the Organic Valley brand myself. I know that doesn’t help your son, but in case you make it for yourself!

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    February 18, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Are nutrition information counts available for any of the recipes, such as the sage polenta or wuinoa stuffed portobello mushrooms?

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    March 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Just made this tonight and it was DIVINE! I just wish the polenta I had on hand was instant. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Kiersten Frase
      March 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      I can only find instant polenta around here! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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    April 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    This looks good. My mouth is watering!

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    Donna Leone
    August 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for a tasty and lovely recipe! I’m trying to avoid bread and wheat gluten, and I’m considering substituting rice for the French bread. Any thoughts or other ideas? Thanks.

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      Kiersten Frase
      August 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      There’s no bread in this recipe, so you should be good to go!

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    September 29, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I am not a mushroom fan, any suggestions as to what to use in its place?

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      Kiersten Frase
      September 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      Butternut squash would work well, or you could just use more Brussels sprouts instead.

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        April 10, 2015 at 11:35 pm

        I’m planning to use roasted walnut instead of mushrooms and I think that will be a delicious substitute that also provides a bit of satisfying crunch!

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    November 4, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I made this tonight for me and my boyfriend and unfortunately found it to be very disappointing – I even added in some butter to both the vegetables and the polenta and didn’t find it to have much flavour (the best bit were the mushrooms, I have to say). Are you able to post some new veggie meals without polenta?

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      March 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      You may just need to ramp up the seasoning to your taste. If you’re not vegetarian, I’d add some bacon or the equivalent. Or you can top with a fried egg. I’ve made variations of this meal with various roasted or sauteed veggies on top of polenta. and loved them all.

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        March 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

        And yes, I realize I’m on a veggie site. 🙂 Just giving options to others.

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    January 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Is this something that could be made ahead and frozen?

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      Kiersten Frase
      January 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      No, I wouldn’t try that – the polenta wouldn’t be creamy anymore and the veggies would probably be mushy. Polenta cakes are a much better option for freezing vs. the creamy kind you serve in a bowl.

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    September 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Oh my God! I have never eaten brussel sprouts and have not felt the need to have to try them but just looking at your picture and recipe I cannot wait to try it! Looks gorgeous!

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    October 20, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    This was my first time making polenta and it turned out great. Delicious!

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      October 20, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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    November 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This is the first vegetarian dish I’ve tried. My husband and I loved it. This is a good start to eating more vegetarian.

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    April 23, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Well this sounds awesome! I just bought some polenta the other day and was trying to think of some ways to spice it up a bit! Thanks for sharing!

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    January 24, 2017 at 3:16 am

    I was weary of this recipe as I’m generally never a fan of brussels sprouts, but wow oh wow was this meal amazing! I bought the polenta roll as I had no idea one could buy polenta dry in a box. I added water and stirred and stirred until it looked like the picture. I’ve made this recipe twice in the past month and haven’t been disappointed. Thanks for sharing.

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    Paula Exton
    March 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I love Polenta & Brussel sprouts so was sorry to see the recipe contains Parmesan which is not vegetarian because of the calf rennet used in its making.

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