Rich Butternut Squash Risotto
Rich Butternut Squash Risotto – A Luxurious Fall Delight
Fall is in the air, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a comforting bowl of rich butternut squash risotto? This creamy and savory dish captures the essence of autumn, making it a perfect addition to your dinner table. With a velvety texture and a symphony of flavors, this recipe will quickly become a favorite for family gatherings and special occasions.
- 2 cups Arborio rice
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Start by heating the vegetable broth in a saucepan and keeping it warm over low heat.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they become translucent.
- Add the Arborio rice to the skillet and cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly until the rice becomes slightly translucent.
- Pour in the white wine and cook until it’s mostly absorbed by the rice.
- Begin adding the warm vegetable broth, one ladle at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each ladle to be absorbed before adding the next. This gradual process will create the creamy texture of the risotto.
- After about 15-20 minutes, when the rice is tender but still slightly firm, stir in the diced butternut squash and fresh thyme leaves.
- Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes until the squash is tender and the risotto is creamy.
- Remove the skillet from heat, and stir in the grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the rich butternut squash risotto hot, garnished with extra Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of fresh thyme.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
This Rich Butternut Squash Risotto is a delightful autumn dish that combines the creamy goodness of Arborio rice with the natural sweetness of butternut squash. The slow-cooked process allows the flavors to meld perfectly, resulting in a luxurious and satisfying meal. Whether you’re hosting a fall dinner party or simply craving comfort food, this risotto recipe will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of the season with every creamy bite.
Nutrition (per serving):
- Calories: 380
- Protein: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 65g
- Fiber: 4g
- Fat: 10g
Fall is the time to savor the rich flavors of butternut squash, and this risotto recipe is a perfect way to do just that. With its creamy texture, earthy thyme, and a hint of Parmesan, each bite is a comforting reminder of the season’s bounty. Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or simply treating yourself to a cozy dinner, this Rich Butternut Squash Risotto is sure to delight your palate and warm your soul.