Creamy Parmesan Polenta with Red Wine Mushrooms

closeup of red wine mushrooms on top of parmesan polenta in a white bowl.

This creamy parmesan polenta with red wine mushrooms is a cozy vegetarian meal that will warm you from the inside! The simple, comforting dish comes together in only 20 minutes thanks to quick-cooking polenta. (vegetarian, nut-free, gluten-free)



For the Red Wine Mushrooms:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (8 oz) containers mushrooms, cremini, baby bella and/or shiitake
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cold water

For the Parmesan Polenta:

  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup quick polenta
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. To prepare the mushrooms, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until mushrooms are slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add salt, pepper, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and wine. Simmer on low for 10 minutes, or until wine has reduced slightly.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and water. Add to mushroom mixture and stir. Continue to cook on low heat until the wine sauce is thickened.
  4. While mushrooms are simmering, prepare the polenta.
  5. In a large saucepan, bring broth and water to a boil. Add polenta and stir. Lower heat and simmer until polenta is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in garlic powder, pepper, butter and parmesan.
  7. Scoop polenta into bowls and top with mushrooms.


  • Watch the polenta carefully as it cooks very quickly! Add more liquid as needed to prevent it from getting too dry.
  • I used red wine here, but white wine would also be delicious.
  • Store leftover mushrooms and polenta in separate airtight containers for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Keywords: red wine mushrooms with polenta, easy parmesan polenta, vegetarian mushrooms and polenta