Polenta with White-Bean and Roasted-Pepper Ragout

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • cup regular or quick-cooking polenta

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced, plus leaves for serving

  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes

  • cup thinly sliced jarred roasted piquillo or red bell peppers

  • 1 can (15 ounces) small white beans (such as navy), rinsed and drained


  1. Bring broth and 2 cups water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat; season with salt. Slowly add polenta, whisking constantly. Simmer, stirring frequently and reducing heat as needed, until thick and creamy, 20 to 25 minutes for regular, or about 5 minutes for quick-cooking. Remove from heat; cover.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; swirl in oil. Add garlic, celery, and pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in roasted peppers and beans; season with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer; cook, mashing some of beans to create a creamy sauce, until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Serve over polenta, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with celery leaves.

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