Polenta with Butter and Cheese

Serves 4

COST: $0.49

Per 1⁄2 cup

Calories: 206

Fat: 7g

Carbohydrates: 27g

Protein: 7g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 0.5g

Sodium: 495mg

4 cups water, boiling

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal (polenta)

1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon butter

Add salt to the boiling water. Whisking constantly with a stiff wire whisk, gradually pour cornmeal into water in a steady stream, whisking out lumps. Continue whisking constantly until mixture thickens.
Lower heat to a very low simmer. You should see only the occasional bubble plopping up through the polenta. Beware: The polenta is molten lava at this point, and spattering can be hazardous. Stir regularly with a wooden spoon until full thickening is achieved, about 25 minutes. Stir in cheese and butter; remove from heat. Serve immediately, or allow to cool for grilling or frying.