Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

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I have a confession. I’m an addict. And my source of addiction? This vegetable, the butternut squash. As you can deduct from the title, it’s the main attraction in today’s lunch special, butternut squash risotto.

Such a dreamy little thing, isn’t it? I know guys, this butternut squash obsession of mine is getting a little out of hand. Trust me, I know. I just can’t quit it. It gives everything it’s in such an incredibly creamy, butter flavor. And it’s insanely good for you and only has 82 calories per cup. I also love that you can prepare it about 100 different ways. Mash, roast, bake, puree, saute. The only way you really can’t eat it is raw. I decided to dice, roast and puree this hearty squash so I could pair it with these two ingredients, arborio rice and fresh parmesan. Why? Well, to make risotto you silly person.

And not just any ol’ risotto friends. The creamiest, most delicious, most addictive risotto ever. I mean, just ask my husband. He ate LITERALLY 3/4 of the pan.  

Now, I’ve had risotto a few times in my life, but I’m going to be honest, this is the best I’ve ever had. And I’m not just tooting my own little horn here, I think it had nothing to do with me and more to do with the incredible flavor you get from the squash and rosemary. Those two? Should stay together. Maybe have a kid.  Move to the burbs or something. Not only do the flavors compliment each other perfectly, the rosemary is strong and bold while the squash is softer and more mild, they contrast in colors. The vibrant green on top of the softer yellow makes for a very visually appealing plate, don’t you think?

Want to hear something a little crazy? So, remember how I made this butternut squash scramble for breakfast on Tuesday? Well, erm. You’re looking at what I ate for dinner that same day. I KNOW. Butternut squash two ways in one day. One hot, almost 100 degree day IN JULY. Isn’t that absurd?

I guess that’s what makes me different? Or unique? No? Just stark, raving mad? That’s fine by me. Now excuse me while I roast some more squash in the dead of summer. (I say with a mad scientist tone of voice). Muahah!

Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Serves about 6. Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma.
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • About 1 pound butternut squash, diced
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • About 1/3 cup dry white wine (I used Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay)
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 1/4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place butternut squash in a 3-quart deep baking dish. Cover with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, stir the mixture around to ensure the pieces evenly cook, and bake another 20 minutes, or until soft. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Pour slightly cooled squash into the body of an 8 cup food processor (or do two batches). Add about 1/4 cup of vegetable broth and pulse on low until creamy and smooth. Add a dash of salt and pepper. Measure 1 1/3 cups of puree (what you need for this recipe) and save the rest for a later date.
  3. Heat remaining vegetable broth in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add butternut squash puree and whisk lightly to mix up. Let simmer for about 10 minutes or until a slight boil.
  4. Meanwhile, heat 1/2 tablespoon butter in a large pan (I used a wok) on medium heat.  Add onions and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Pour in rice, rosemary and oregano. Cook about 1 minutes. Add wine and cook until it’s fully absorbed, about 5 minutes. Gradually add in butternut squash/broth mixture, a large spoonful at a time, waiting until each batch as fully absorbed before you add in more.
  5. After the last spoonful of broth has been added, cook risotto an additional 5 – 10 minutes, or until the rice is soft and creamy. Add remaining butter and remove from heat. Once butter has melted, add in parmesan cheese and additional salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with a garnish of rosemary and a dash more freshly grated parmesan.

Nutritional information per serving: 

Calories: 231.5
Fat: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 33 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  6

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  1. Posted by Alicia French on
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    You are not the only crazy person! I am making butternut squash risotto for dinner tonight! Mainly because my garden is over flowing with it and I feel bad throwing it away. 
    • Posted by Realistic Nutritionist on
      Thursday, July 26th, 2012
      Yay!!! I'm not the only nutter. 
  2. Posted by Cassie Laemmli on
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    Oh girl, we are the same page here. I adore butternut squash...and risotto - one of my absolute favorites. I have no trouble overeating when I make it! 
    • Posted by Realistic Nutritionist on
      Thursday, July 26th, 2012
      Oh my gosh me too!
  3. Posted by domesticfits on
    Thursday, July 26th, 2012
    SO great. I'll take any version of a risotto I can get. Especially one with the best squash ever. 
  4. Posted by Steve on
    Friday, July 27th, 2012
    Definitely need too try this one!! We have Risotto at least 2 times a week. Looks delicious!!
  5. Posted by Erin on
    Friday, July 27th, 2012
    Gorgeous pictures!  This risotto looks heavenly!  Definitely worth heating up the house for!
  6. Posted by PB and Peppers on
    Friday, July 27th, 2012
    Your risotto looks amazing!  I just love butternut squash.  Gorgeous pics too!
  7. Posted by kjpugs on
    Saturday, July 28th, 2012
    I am saving this and making B make it for me. I hate HATE cooking, but B makes an AMAZZZING risotto. Like, baller. But we always make it as a really cheesy risotto because, go big or go home right? But this sounds like a great way to make it a little healthier. Seriously can't wait til B can make this for us... he's off Wednesday... and it's happening.
  8. Posted by Sara Derks on
    Sunday, July 29th, 2012
    Just picked a butternut squash from the garden today, might have to give this recipe a try, looks great!
  9. Posted by Baker Street on
    Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
    A squash risotto would be just perfect for dinner tonight! Can't wait to try your recipe. :)
  10. Posted by Clare on
    Friday, August 3rd, 2012
    Wow this looks soo good! Looks a little intimdating to make, but I'll have to try it! 
  11. Posted by Jen on
    Sunday, January 6th, 2013
    I made this last night and it was delicious but after absorbing all of the broth, the risotto was still undercooked. I wound up having to add another cup or so of water (I was out of broth). I wonder if the problem could be old rice or something?
  12. Posted by Britt on
    Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
    I really just had to post a thank you. :)

    Today was my parents' 25th wedding anniversary, and as an attempt to thank them for loving me, supporting me, and bringing me into this world, I wanted to cook for them. I have *never* cooked before; at least, I've never cooked something that didn't come pre-cooked and frozen.

    They're both on Weight Watchers, so I wanted something with points figured out so I could keep within their range and also delicious and (fairly) simple. I remembered how mom loved risotto from a restaurant once in the past and thought, hey, I'll give it a go.

    It was *amazing*. I used a red wine instead of white (all we had on hand) but it came out spectacular and everyone had seconds, *and* used bread to sop up the sauce from the pan once it was emptied!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I'll be printing it out and saving it in the "my first successes" cookbook, with fond memories and a happy tummy.
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