Yield: 4 cups
In a 3-quart saucepan, heat water and salt until boiling. Drizzle in polenta in a thin stream, whisking constantly, until all polenta is incorporated and mixture begins to thicken. Switch to a wooden spoon, pull off heat and continue to stir until thick as paste.
Stir in the cheese and continue to stir until it is melted and incorporated.
Lower the heat, cover and simmer 1 hour, or until the meat is tender. Remove the cover, check the seasoning and serve with soft polenta.
Yield: 1 1/2 quarts