This deliciously simple and quick weeknight summer recipe is made of fresh corn-studded polenta, perfectly roasted grape tomatoes and zucchini, and a smooth — slightly tart — pesto for drizzling over the top. This dish comes together quickly, and it's a great way to use up all of that late-summer produce.
Creamy Polenta Bowl with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini
For the vegetables:
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 medium zucchinis, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 2 sprigs fresh thyme)
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
For the polenta:
1 cup polenta (or yellow cornmeal)
4 cups of water (or broth, or a mixture of the two)
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium ears sweet corn, kernels removed (about 2 cups)
1 cup grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons of butter
For the pesto:
1 cup basil leaves, tightly packed
3 tablespoons parsley leaves
1/3 cup good-quality olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a large bowl toss the grape tomatoes, chopped zucchinis, sliced shallot, thyme, and olive oil together. Season generously with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, and toss to coat. Spread the veggie mixture onto a baking tray and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes burst and the shallots crisp up.
Cook the polenta with the water and salt according to the package instructions, or follow these simple steps. Add the fresh corn kernels 10 minutes before the polenta is ready.
Blend all of the pesto ingredients together until smooth in a blender or food processor, or with an immersion blender.
Stir the grated cheese and butter into the polenta just before serving. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Evenly divide the polenta between 4 bowls; top each bowl with roasted veggies and the prepared pesto. Serve immediately.