Comforting cheesy polenta topped with a mole sauce and roasted peppers.

Cheesy Polenta with Mole and Roasted Peppers 600, The Wimpy Vegetarian

I lived in Italy in a former life.

I crave pasta and risotto. So it must be true. If I buy canned tomatoes, they’re San Marzano. And every soup I make simmers with a chunk of Parmesan rind. Unconvinced? I’ve got more proof.

Dessert? A fig crostata, prego. Appetizer? Farinata. And when I want comfort food, I make polenta.

Maybe it just means I should live in Italy in this lifetime. But until that happens I can at least cook like I do. This is one of my favorite polenta recipes that I top with a mole and some roasted peppers. I know, I know. Moles aren’t Italian. They’re Mexican. But I lived there in another lifetime too. Hop on over to my column Steak and Kale on The Weiser Kitchen to check it out!






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  1. apuginthekitchen January 12, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Wonderful recipe Susan, although when I think of polenta I think of Italy the marriage of corn and the latin mole is a perfect combination, corn is such a staple in latin cuisine. Fabulous comforting dish!
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  2. laurasmess January 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    This looks so, so delicious Susan! That creamy, soft cheesy polenta is a perfect accompaniment to the Mole. I love fusion food, as Suzanne said… the cornmeal seems to be a natural accompaniment in Latin cuisine so I think you’ve done an amazing job. I defintiely want to make this very soon, I’m drooling whilst looking at that photo! xx
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  3. Derik January 13, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    I love San Marzano tomatoes. Even canned they taste so fresh! This dish looks like an interesting yet very tasty dish.

  4. sippitysup January 13, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    Wow. Did I know you another lifetime? These are my flavors too. GREG

  5. Christina January 13, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Good for you! I love polenta many ways, but have never tried it Mexican-style! The photo is fabulous! CC

  6. Norma Chang January 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Cool combo, very creative.
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  7. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 14, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    I agree, polenta is total comfort food! I must have lived in Italy in my past life too. ;)

    This looks amazing!!

  8. Mary Frances January 15, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Polenta seems like a natural partner for a mexican-inspired sauce! Looks fantastic!
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  9. mjskit January 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Now that’s a great fusion dish! I’ll put anything on polenta and obviously so would you. :) Mole? Love it! Lots and lots of great ingredients and flavor! Wonderful dish!
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    • The Wimpy Vegetarian January 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      Totally love polenta. I might not put ice cream on polenta, but I’d at least try it :-)

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