Prep 35 mins
Cook 1 hr
Risotto is so versatile it really can be served for any occasion. Warm, comforting and even reasonably priced for large quanities for entertaining on a small budget. I found this recipe in our local paper and thought I would share. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
- 1 (2 lb) butternut squash
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese (I like freshly grated)
- toasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts, to garnish
- fresh parsley, to garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Pierce squash all over several times with sharp knife.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute.
- Peel, seed and cut squash into 1/2 inch cubes.
- Toss with 2 TBS olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Place on large cookie sheet.
- Roast till tender and just brown, about 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and set aside.
- In medium skillet on low heat, cook sausage until brown on all sides.
- Remove from skillet, cool and slice into 1/4 inch coins.
- In a 6 quart stockpot or large saute pan on medium heat, saute 3 TBS olive oil with onion and garlic for about 10 minutes (DO NOT BROWN).
- In a separate stockpot, heat the chicken broth to just under a simmer (DO NOT BOIL).
- Once the onion is translucent, add the arborio rice to the onion and oil and stir for 2-3 minutes.
- Add white wine and stir until it evaporates.
- Add the stock, about a half-cup at a time, stirring after each addition, until the stock is absorbed.
- Continue adding stock and stirring frequently for a total of 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the risotto takes on a creamy texture (you might not use all the stock).
- At about 20 minutes, you should begin testing the risotto.
- It should be soft and creamy, but each grain should be slightly chewy in center.
- Once risotto reaches this stage, stop adding stock and turn off heat.
- Add butter, cheese, roasted squash and sausage.
- Mix well, cover and allow to sit 2 minutes.
- Ladle risotto into deep soup plates and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts and parsley to garnish.
This made a really yummy, hearty lunch for us yesterday and we thoroughly enjoyed! I used pumpkin as we're not squash fans - just diced it and roasted for 25 mins. Great instructions too, I found I didn't quite need all the stock. Sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds and am really looking forward to leftovers today for lunch - thank you for posting!
I love risotto and I really like the other hearty ingredients in this risotto dish. I used mild sausages, and reduced the amount of risotto (so also adjusted the amount of liquid) This gave me more butternut squash and sausage per serving, so it was easily a one dish meal.You have just got to include the pumpkins seeds, that just really set it off!