Butternut Squash Risotto

This recipe courtesy of Chef Tse

Serves 6

 Ingredients:

  • 4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed from a 1 1/2 pound squash
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups or more low sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 cup Aborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper

 Instructions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add butternut squash and sauté until squash begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add 1 cup broth, cover and simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Place squash and broth in a blender of food processor and puree until smooth. If mixture is too thick, add a bit of water until puree resembles thick cake batter. Set aside.
  3. Warm remaining chicken stock in a saucepan over medium heat. Heat remaining tablespoon olive oil in a second medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, but not brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add risotto and sauté until it turns translucent and absorbs part of oil. Pour in wine, stirring until absorbed by rice, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add one cup of broth, lower heat to medium and simmer until broth is almost completely absorbed by rice, stirring often. Repeat two more times.
  5. Once rice has absorbed 3 cups of broth, mix in 1 1/2 cups butternut puree (reserve remaining puree for another use) and Parmesan. Cook until rice is al dente but still creamy, another 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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