**This variation of Soft Polenta is from the older addition of Joy of Cooking. If you want to add chopped onion, follow these directions:
Cook onion in butter or oil first, before adding water to boil. Cook onion for about 5 minutes until translucent, then add water and boil. Then, before stirring in cornmeal, mix 2 cups cornmeal with 2 cups water. Then, slowly stir in that mixture to the pot of boiling water with onion. Cook rest of polenta according to instructions above.
**If you would like to add parmesan cheese, stir into polenta after it is finished, with carrots and any other add-ins.
Adapted from "Polenta Toast" recipe in Joy of Cooking.