This is great as an alternative to pasta with Italian dishes.

200g Polenta
800ml cold water
Knob of butter or splash of olive oil
Handful of grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Put polenta, water and butter into a saucepan and bring up to the boil whisking continuously. As the mixture heats it thickens. Reduce the heat to low once it boils. Be careful as it spits. It should be thick and creamy like mashed potato. Turn off the heat and whisk in cheese and season to taste.