Vegetarian Polenta Pie


  • 1 tablespoon lemon-infused olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves stripped and finely chopped
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup instant polenta
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup canned dice tomatoes, mostly drained
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, bell pepper, garlic, and oregano in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.

Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil; add polenta and a pinch of salt. Whisk and cook polenta until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Spread and flatten polenta into a 9-inch pie plate, forming a crust. Cool to room temperature.

Layer diced tomatoes into the cooled crust; top with onion mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over filling.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.