Monday, 25 January 2016

Courgette, Basil, Polenta and Cheese Wedges

This is a great recipe for a simple weeknight meal. It does take a little bit of prep time but it's well worth it.  It's also vegetarian if you are looking to eat less meat of if you are a vegetarian. The recipe is quite versatile and you can add in a few extra ingredients if you wish. It's great for lunchboxes the next day and will also be good for picnics in the summer. I've made this a few times at home each time with a slight variation so I thought I'd share it with you. Mine turned out a little soft but it tasted delicious warm with the tomato sauce. You can really taste the polenta and the chili and tomatoes added an extra kick and bite to it. I loved the basil as well and used a lot of it in my recipe. I think it's going on the menu plan again this week! 

I'm sending this to a few blog challenges this month. 

Treat Petite hosted by Kat from The Baking Explorer and Stuart from Cakeyboi. The theme this month is fruit and veg. There's courgette and tomatoes in this recipe and as it's served in wedges I hope it qualifies for the challenge!

Cooking with Herbs hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage. This recipe uses a lot of fresh basil. 

Extra Veg hosted by Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle from Utterly Scrummy

Tea Time Treats hosted by Janie from The Hedgecombers and Karen from Lavender and Lovage. There's no theme this month and these would make for a great tea time treat! 

Meat Free Mondays hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes.

 courgette and cheese mixture


 ready to go in the oven

 making the tomato sauce

Recipe adapted slightly from The Veg Space

For the wedges
1 courgette, coarsely grated
50g cheddar cheese, grated
1 red chilli, finely chopped
2 fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped (also works well with sundried tomatoes)
20g butter, cut into small cubes
large handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
120g instant polenta
450ml vegetable stock

For the tomato sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red chilli, finely chopped
6 pitted black olives, finely chopped
250g passata
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp caster sugar

  • In a large bowl, mix the grated courgette, cheese, chili, fresh tomatoes, butter and basil leaves. 
  • Place the polenta in a medium sized pan.
  • Add in the hot vegetable stock, stirring constantly.
  • Cook the polenta and stock over a low heat whilst stirring continuously. 
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the courgette and cheese mixture. 
  • Pour the batter into a springform tin lined with greaseproof paper. 
  • Allow to cool and then place in the fridge for about half an hour (I skipped this step once and it still turned out ok).
  • Make the tomato sauce by heating the olive oil in a small saucepan. Add in the garlic and chili and cook over a low heat for a few minutes. 
  • Add the passata, balsamic vinegar, sugar and olives and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 180C. 
  • Bake the polenta for 45-40 minutes or until golden brown on top. 
  • Slice into wedges and serve with the tomato sauce. 


  1. Sounds delicious! Will try this next time I buy polenta.

  2. Delicious, I would be happy to eat this for my lunch x

  3. Looks so tasty and would make a great weeknight vegetarian dinner! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite.


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