Squash and Kale Risotto

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Containing low fat, vitamin rich additions of kale and orange fleshed squash, risotto is delicious, nutritious, economical, and versatile! See how easy this is to prepare! This is from The Moosewood Low Fat Favorites Cookbook. Cook time is approximate.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 12-5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 -3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 12 cups arborio rice
  • 12 cup dry white wine (May use white grape juice) (optional)
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed winter squash (3/4 to 1 inch cubes)
  • 3 cups stemmed and chopped kale, packed (about 1/2 pound before stemming, May use other greens)
  • 18-14 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon, rind of
  • salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 14 cup grated pecorino cheese or 14 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, preferably nonstick, saute the onions in 2 teaspoons of the oil for about 5 minutes, until softened but not browned.
  3. Add more oil, if necessary, to prevent sticking.
  4. Using a wooden spoon to avoid breaking the grains, add the rice and stir until it is well coated with oil.
  5. Add the wine, if using.
  6. When it is absorbed (it won't take long), ladle in 2 1/2 cups of the simmering stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently for 2 to 3 minutes between each addition, until the rice has absorbed the liquid.
  7. Add the squash and the kale and stir.
  8. Continue adding 1/2 cup of broth every few minutes for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until all of the stock has been added and the rice is tender but firm.
  9. Add the nutmeg, lemon peel, and salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Remove the risotto from the heat, stir in the cheese, and serve immediately.
  11. Enjoy!
  12. Variations:.
  13. In addition to or in place of kale, add any of the following:.
  14. chopped Swiss chard, cabbage, radicchio, or fresh fennel, chopped celery, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, green peas, green beans, or even seedless black grapes.
  15. This is great served with fish or chicken!


Most Helpful

I have never used kale or made a risotto. This recipe tasted wonderful and is nutrient dense. My only "whine" is the reduction time for the broth. It takes some stamina to make this dish, but well worth it! I'll definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

poetesstx April 19, 2010

Just made this for dinner but had to sample it . We do not seem to have kale in Australia so I used a combination of peppers and spinach and of course the squash or pumpkin as we call it here with great results !!! I used vegie stock but topped it with a sprinkle of crispy bacon - so yummy - thanks Sharon.

katew March 10, 2009

This was my first time eating or making risotto. DH and I really enjoyed it. I found the kale a little over cooked for my liking. Other than that, this is a delicious dish.

hunny bunny October 23, 2008

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