Grilled Polenta with White Beans

This grilled polenta is perfectly crispy! Serve it with rosemary-infused white beans and tomatoes for a delicious vegetarian Italian recipe.

Grilled Polenta with White Beans and Tomatoes

Years ago, Alex and I started a food blog called A Couple Cooks. We had a personal blog at the time, but it was becoming so saturated with food photos that we decided to start a food blog to focus on our growing interest in cooking. We went around and around about the name. After an intense brainstorm session, I suggested A Couple Cooks (both a couple who cooks and a couple of cooks — get it?). Alex was a bit wary, but we decided to go for it.

Now, we can’t imagine our lives without it. It’s propelled us into a career in the food industry and helped us write our cookbook, Pretty Simple Cooking. Here’s a recipe we made to celebrate our website’s third birthday: this grilled polenta with white beans. It’s an incredibly delicious Italian dinner recipe that’s sophisticated and pretty simple to make!

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PS here’s how A Couple Cooks looked on the first day we started: August 6, 2010!

How about a cooking date?

We created this grilled polenta recipe with white beans to celebrate the third anniversary of A Couple Cooks. And in the spirit “A Couple Cooks,” it’s a recipe that’s perfect for a cooking date with a couple of people! For this recipe, it’s fun to make it with a significant other, friend, or family member: though of course that’s not required! We love “cooking dates” because they’re a wonderful way to both feed yourself and spend quality time with a loved one. Instead of going out to a restaurant for a special occasion, stay in and have a cooking date by making a recipe together. This way, you get to enjoy a meal that you’re more invested in because you’ve created it yourselves, and it’s usually healthier too!

How to make grilled polenta

This grilled polenta recipe is delicious and easy to put together: it combines polenta with tomatoes, white beans, garlic and rosemary. The flavors are simple yet refined, and make for a lovely summer meal. If you’re looking for a vegetarian Italian recipe, this one is a fun main dish that’s outside of the standard pasta.

For this grilled polenta, we’ve used a bit of a shortcut: it uses premade polenta that you can buy in a tube at the store. You can make your own polenta and then chill it before making this recipe, but using the premade polenta from the store is easier and it has the perfect texture for grilling. And the grilling in this recipe is not on an actual grill (though you could do that too!): it’s simply grilled up in a non-stick pan on the stovetop. Simply slice the premade polenta into slices, brush with olive oil, and grill in the pan for a few minutes on each side. The topping of garlicky white beans with rosemary and tomatoes takes it over the top!

Looking for more vegetarian Italian recipes?

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This grilled polenta with white beans and tomatoes recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Grilled Polenta with White Beans

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This grilled polenta is perfectly crispy! Serve it with rosemary-infused white beans and tomatoes for a delicious vegetarian Italian recipe.


  • 24-ounce tube prepared polenta
  • 15-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (do not substitute dried)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut the polenta into slices, about 1/2 inch thick. Drain and rinse the beans.
  2. Wash the cherry tomatoes, and cut them in half. Mince the garlic. Remove the leaves from the rosemary, and finely chop it.
  3. Over medium high heat, heat a grill pan or nonstick skillet. Brush the pan with olive oil; do the same with both sides of the polenta slices. Place slices in the pan and cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove the slices from the pan and cover them to keep warm.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic to skillet and sauté 4 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the beans, the balsamic vinegar, chopped rosemary, freshly ground black pepper, and a few pinches of kosher salt. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  5. To serve: Place polenta slices on a plate. Spoon the bean and tomato mixture evenly over polenta, and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese. If desired, garnish with leftover rosemary sprigs.


Adapted from Cooking Light

This recipe works perfectly for two, since there are two distinct cooking tasks. Cook with your significant other, friend, family member – anyone who’s game to spend a bit of time in the kitchen!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Grilled Polenta, Polenta Recipes, Healthy Dinner Ideas, Dinner Ideas, Vegetarian Dinner, Italian Recipes, White Beans

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    August 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

    3 years is so exciting! I’ve been following you guys since the first year you started. It’s so fun to see how you progress and I am still a loyal reader! :)

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    August 6, 2013 at 7:42 am

    What a way you’ve come! As a newbie blogger I’m already loving learning and connecting with new people every day.
    Simple, wholesome dishes like this are what I love about A Couple Cooks. Here’s to many more years of cooking and sharing!

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    August 6, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Congrats on 3 years you guys! What a big day today is and what a great meal to celebrate with. I love grilled polenta, but covered with fresh tomatoes and white beans? YUM!

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    August 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Hip hip! Congrats on 3 years. I’m so glad to have had the chance to meet both of you (twice! and again soon!) and looking forward to whatever is in store. xoxo

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    August 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

    How delicious, this looks amazing! :)

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    August 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Congrats on three years! I am so glad you two started this blog. I love it, and both of you, so much!

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    Ash- foodfashionparty
    August 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Congratulations!! The dish looks so good. Love polenta.

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    August 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Happy blogiversary! This simple & savory polenta sounds like just the right way to celebrate. :)

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    August 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Congratulations! I love the idea of writing the recipe with the thought of two (or more) people working together! It can be hard to divvy up tasks sometimes. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

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    Lindsey | The Next Course
    August 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Congratulations on three years! I love what you all have created here and look forward to following you in your next adventures! :-)

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    Lauren @ La Dolce Pita
    August 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary – your blog is beautiful and an inspiration to me, for sure.

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper
    August 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Congrats! I never thought of your title as a couple who cooks as well as a couple of cooks. That’s a nice play on words!

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    August 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats on three wonderful years! I’m so glad you started this blog, and I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you through another wonderful blogger. You guys are awesome, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

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    Kiran @
    August 7, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! Looking forward to more tasty adventures ahead :)

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    Jessica Nunemaker from little Indiana
    August 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Happy anniversary! Since most blogs are neglected in 9 months (as they say), three years is a big achievement! :)

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    August 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Congrats on 3 years! I’ve loved following you. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it.

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    August 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Belated congratulations on three years of blogging! I’m always so in awe of what you guys have created here : )

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