Soft Polenta with Roasted Red Peppers Recipe

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Soft Polenta with Roasted Red Peppers
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  1. In a large heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more, until its aroma is released.
  2. Add the chicken stock, water, and salt to the pan and increase the heat to medium high. When the liquid is simmering, gradually sprinkle the polenta over in a very slow, thin stream, whisking constantly in the same direction until all the grains are incorporated and no lumps remain. Reduce the heat to very low. Switch to a wooden paddle and stir thoroughly every few minutes for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan and the grains of polenta have softened. Stir in the butter, thyme, pepper, and grated Manchego and remove from the heat. Spoon some polenta into each of 6 warmed shallow soup bowls and top with some of the roasted peppers and chopped cilantro.
  3. Note: Fresh chiles and bell peppers can be roasted over a gas flame or on a tray under the broiler. Keep turning so the skin is evenly charred, without burning and drying out the flesh. Transfer the charred peppers to a plastic bag, tie the top closed and let steam until cool to the touch, about 15 minutes. The best way to peel is just to pull off the charred skin by hand and then dip the peppers briefly in water to remove any blackened bits. Do not peel the pepper under running water since that will wash away flavorful juices. Once peeled, cut away stems, seeds and veins.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 301.36 Kcal (1262 kJ)
Calories from fat 150.53 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.73g 26%
Cholesterol 31.67mg 11%
Sodium 920.75mg 38%
Potassium 290.06mg 6%
Total Carbs 29.45g 10%
Sugars 5.09g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2.51g 10%
Protein 8.96g 18%
Vitamin C 22mg 37%
Vitamin A 1.8mg 59%
Iron 8.5mg 47%
Calcium 112.7mg 11%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 79.54 Kcal (333 kJ)
Calories from fat 39.73 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.41g 26%
Cholesterol 8.36mg 11%
Sodium 243.01mg 38%
Potassium 76.55mg 6%
Total Carbs 7.77g 10%
Sugars 1.34g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0.66g 10%
Protein 2.37g 18%
Vitamin C 5.8mg 37%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 59%
Iron 2.2mg 47%
Calcium 29.7mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.9
  • 8

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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