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Crispy Parmesan Polenta
with marinara and zucchini noodles

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
Pre-cooked, sliced polenta makes a hearty and simple base for this dinner. Pan sear the polenta, top with cheese and serve with marinara and zucchini noodles (or zucchini saute) for a dinner the whole family will love!


Parmesan Polenta:
  • Cheese, fresh mozzarella - 4 oz , grated
  • Cheese, parmesan, plus extra for serving - 2 oz , grated
  • Eggs - 2
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1 cup
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Polenta, pre-cooked (often sold in 18 oz / 510 g tube), any variety - 18 oz , 1/2" (1.25 cm) slices
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Marinara sauce (use your favorite store bought variety) - 2 cups
Sauteed Zucchini Noodles:
  • Zucchini (sub spaghetti) - 1 lb , spiralized, sliced into noodles with a peeler, or sliced
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp


  1. Mozzarella / Parmesan - Prep as directed. (Can be done 2 days ahead)
  2. Zucchini - Turn zucchini into 'noodles' with a spiralizer or peel off strips with a peeler. (Note: If you prefer, you can also just slice your zucchini to make a zucchini saute or sub pasta.)
  3. Prep breading stations - In one bowl or container, whisk eggs with some salt and pepper. In a separate container with a lid (or Ziploc bag), combine panko, parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in a container with a lid or Ziploc bag.
  4. Polenta - Cut into ½” (1.25 cm) slices.

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  1. Turn on the oven's broiler.
  2. Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Brush pan with oil (the portion for the polenta). Dip polenta slices into eggs and then panko mixture, turning to coat on all sides. Place polenta in hot pan and sear on both sides until golden brown, ~2 minutes on each side. Turn off the heat under the pan and top polenta with mozzarella. Place pan under the broiler and broil just until the mozzarella is melted and bubbly, ~2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a second skillet over medium heat. Add oil (the portion for the zucchini) and zucchini with a sprinkle of salt. Saute until zucchini is tender, ~2 minutes for zucchini noodles and 4 minutes for zucchini slices.
  4. Heat sauce briefly in the microwave.
  5. Top zucchini with sauce, polenta and extra parmesan. Enjoy!



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