Butternut Squash Risotto is a creamy, cheesy, savory dish that is much easier to make than you may possibly consider! It’s the excellent Fall dish. Simple adequate for a weeknight meal, but feels fancy adequate for a unique occasions.

What is Risotto?

Risotto is a creamy Italian dish that is produced by cooking a starchy, quick grain rice in broth till it becomes creamy. It is a single of these dishes that just sounds fussy. It’s normally served at good restaurants and feels fully unattainable (or unrealistic..) for a dwelling cook.

But risotto is truly extremely uncomplicated to make! It just calls for a bit of patience, and a lot of stirring. But we guarantee, the finish outcome is completely worth it!

How to Make Butternut Squash Risotto

Truly, this dish couldn’t be much easier to make. For this recipe we began with raw butternut squash, but it is a fantastic spot to use up leftover roasted butternut squash also!

  1. Saute the onions till softened, then add the squash. Cook for a couple minutes to commence to soften and brown, then add your rice. You’ll want to use a quick grain rice for risotto simply because of the higher starch content. That’s what tends to make it so creamy! The most widespread rice in risotto is arborio rice, but you can use typical rice in a pinch! Barley is a different option that will work for risotto!
  2. Simmer your chicken broth in a separate pan and preserve warm whilst you cook your risotto. You’re going to add it to your rice, a single ladleful at a time, stirring till the liquid is absorbed by the rice ahead of adding more.
  3. Stir, stir, stir! The secret to creamy risotto is low heat and continuous stirring. This can be a fantastic job for older little ones that are comfy about the stove.
  4. Once all of the liquid has been added and your rice is tender (but not mushy!) stir in your cheese and fresh herbs. We like the flavor of fresh sage with the butternut squash, but basil is scrumptious as well! If you are utilizing leftover roasted veggies you can stir them in at this point also.

What goes with Butternut Squash Risotto?

We normally consume this as a key dish, simply because it is so hearty. But it can also make a quite spectacular side dish when served with chicken or pork! I normally serve it with a fresh salad. This Fall Harvest Salad pairs so completely with the Fall flavors of the risotto!

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More Vegetarian Dinner Ideas:7

  • 7 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup, chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups butternut squash reduce into modest cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 2 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoon fresh sage or basil, optional
  • In a saucepan more than medium heat, bring chicken broth to a simmer. Reduce heat to low.
  • Add olive oil to a substantial saucepan more than medium heat.  Add onion and cook for 3-5 minutes or till it starts to soften.
  • Add the butter, garlic and butternut squash to the saucepan and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the rice and cook for a different minute or so till the rice is translucent.
  • With a ladle, add about 1 cup of the chicken broth. Cook, stirring regularly, till the liquid has been absorbed. Add remaining broth about 1 cup at a time, continuing to permit the rice to absorb each and every addition of broth ahead of adding more. 
  • Stir generally and cook till squash is tender and risotto is creamy, about 25 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and fresh herbs and serve.

Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 361mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g

Natalie Monson

I’m a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of meals and sturdy promoter of wholesome habits. Here you will discover lots of scrumptious recipes complete of fruits and veggies, ideas for acquiring your little ones to consume superior and turn out to be intuitive eaters and lots of sources for feeding your loved ones.

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