Butternut Squash Risotto

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Here’s an easy, delicious recipe for Butternut Squash Risotto.

butternut squash risotto in a white bowl

Risotto is a nice, comforting dinner. It’s creamy and delicious. And it’s totally filling. So all you need is a bowl to fill you up, and if you want to add a little side salad to complete your dinner then that’s a good idea too. Butternut Squash Risotto is filled with the great fall flavor of butternut squash.

three pictures showing process of making butternut squash risotto

How to make Butternut Squash Risotto:

First, you’ll put your broth (chicken or vegetable) in a saucepan on a stove to keep it warm. Then you’ll sauté onion with salt and pepper for a few minutes before adding fresh sage, garlic and butternut squash. The butternut squash is shredded in this risotto (you can use a box grater). You’ll cook the squash until it begins to soften. Then the rice is added in and then the wine. Once the wine has been absorbed, you’ll add in the broth 1/2 cup at a time- waiting each time until the broth has been absorbed before adding the next 1/2 cup. 

It’s important during the process of adding the broth that you only stir the risotto occasionally and not too often. Stirring too much will give the risotto too much movement and can result in a sticky consistently. 

butternut squash risotto in a pot

Once all of the broth has been absorbed and the risotto is tender, the pot is then removed from heat and the Parmesan cheese is stirred in.

spoonful showing close up of butternut squash risotto

Here’s how Butternut Squash Risotto should look if it has been cooked correctly. It looks like creamy rice that has butternut squash mixed in.

two bowls of butternut squash risotto

TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST RISOTTO:

  • Use warm broth to add to the risotto. It will keep the temperature in the cooking process hot. If you use cold broth, every time you add the broth to the rice then the temperature will have to re-adjust.
  • Stir often during the cooking process to create a creamy risotto. But don’t stir too much or it will end up with a sticky, pasty consistency. Not stirring enough will result in the rice sticking to the pan and risk burning.
  • The rice should be cooked to al dente instead of mushy.
  • Choose a pot that fits perfectly over your stove’s burner to distribute the heat evenly. A wide pot won’t have even heat.
  • Cook risotto at a medium simmer.
  • Stir in cheese after the risotto is done cooking.

butternut squash risotto in a white bowl with a spoon

Butternut Squash Risotto is one of my favorite meals to make in the fall. It’s a wonderful bowl of comfort on a chilly night. 

spoonful of risotto above bowl of risotto

Making risotto does take a bit of tending to, but it’s rewarding to taste the results. Enjoy!

Here are a few more recipes using butternut squash:

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Perfect fall dinner recipe!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 650kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword butternut squash, risotto

Ingredients

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth (use vegetable, if vegetarian)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 small butternut squash (peeled and grated) -about 4 cups
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Warm the broth in a small saucepan over low heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, salt and pepper and cook for 4 minutes. Add the sage and cook for 1 minute. Add the squash and garlic and cook until the squash begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, ½ cup at a time, stirring occasionally and waiting until it is absorbed before adding more. It should take about 30 minutes for all of the broth to be absorbed.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan. Spoon into individual bowls.

Notes

  • If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, just be sure to use a brand of broth that is known to be GF.
  • To grate butternut squash, rub the peeled squash against the large holes of a box grater, or roughly chop it, then pulse it in a food processor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 1067mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 20187IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 461mg | Iron: 6mg

Butternut Squash Risotto in a brown dish garnished with sage

 

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