Creamy Cauliflower Polenta with Mixed Mushrooms and Leeks

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  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Hands-on Time: 15 mins
  • Makes: 4 servings

Feel-good comfort food at its best, this vegetarian cauliflower polenta recipe brings big flavor with a mix of mushroom varieties, turmeric, thyme and black pepper.


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

    4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

    1 large head cauliflower, finely chopped or grated

    1 3/4 cups vegetable broth

    1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

    1/4 teaspoon sea salt or pink Himalayan salt

    1 pinch Simply Organic Black Pepper

    1/3 cup fresh Parmesan, grated or shaved, plus more for garnish

    1/4 teaspoon Simply Organic Ground Turmeric

    1 3/4 pounds mixed mushrooms (cremini, shitake, oyster and/or trumpets), stemmed and thinly sliced

    1 large leek, halved lengthwise, then cut into 1-inch pieces

    2 teaspoons Simply Organic Thyme 

    Simply Organic Crushed Red Pepper, for garnish

    1 cup arugula, chopped, for garnish (optional)


    1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add cauliflower, vegetable broth, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.

    2. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 15 to 18 minutes, until cauliflower is tender and mixture is creamy. Fold in Parmesan and turmeric.

    3. In another large skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add mushrooms and a generous pinch of salt, then cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, until mushrooms release their water.

    4. Add leek and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Stir in thyme.

    5. To serve, scoop a large ladle of polenta into each bowl, followed by a spoonful of mushrooms and leeks. Top with Parmesan, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper and a handful of arugula, if desired.

    Recipe Tip:

    If you have a food processor available, save time by using it to finely chop the cauliflower.

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