This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users. Here is our Coumadin-Safe Butternut Squash Risotto recipe.
This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.
This is a low sodium recipe.
GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.
"Culture is what your butcher would have if he were a surgeon." -Mary Pettibone Poole, Author
Risotto is one of my favorite ingredients because it makes an amazingly rich sauce as it cooks, without having to use too much fat. It is the ultimate healthy ingredient. It's easy and quick and should always be in your pantry.
Servings: 4 | Serving size: about 2 cups
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes
This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.
Leftovers are good. Reheat gently.
|2 lbs||butternut squash|
|spray olive oil|
|2 tsp||extra virgin olive oil|
|1/2 medium||red onion (diced)|
|1 cup||arborio rice|
|1 cup||low sodium chicken or vegetable broth|
|1/4 cup||dry sherry|
|to taste||fresh ground black pepper|
|1/4 tsp||ground paprika|
|1 1/2 ounces||Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)|
|1/2 cup||Italian parsley leaves (chopped)|
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Slice the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds. Spray lightly with olive oil and place in the preheated oven, cut side up. Roast the squash for about 1 hour, until slightly tender.
Remove from the oven and let cool. The squash will have a small amount of liquid in the cavity. After it is cool, drain the liquid and place the squash on a cutting board, cut side down.
Gently peel the skin away from the squash. Slice across the squash parallel to the cutting board, dividing into three slices. Keep the shape of the squash intact. Slice lengthwise at about 1/4 inch intervals and then crosswise, so as to divide into 1/2 inch cubes. Set aside.
Slice the root off of the leek. Slice the leek in half, separating the white from the green tops. Clean the green tops under running water and slice very thin. Slice the white part of the leek very thin lengthwise and clean well.
Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over high heat and add the green part of the leek. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook very slowly. Stir frequently.
When the leek is wilted, add the white part of the leek and the diced red onion. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about five minutes, until the onions begin to soften.
Place the rice in the pan with the onions and leeks and stir for about 3 minutes. Add two cups of water, the chicken stock, sherry, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat stirring frequently. Add the remaining water, 1 cup at a time.
Add the ground paprika and continue cooking. The rice will take about 20 to 25 minutes to cook and may require more water be added. Stir frequently, using about 1/2 cup of water at a time as needed, until the rice is soft but not mushy and there is a small amount of creamy sauce.
Stir in the Parmigiano-Reggiano until it is melted and then gently fold in the diced butternut squash and parsley. Serve.
Serving size: about 2 cups risotto
Amount Per Serving
|Calories 390||Calories from Fat 63|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 7g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrates 73g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||24%|
|Vitamin A 143%||Vitamin C 71%|
|Calcium 18%||Iron 15%|
|Vitamin K 140mcg||Potassium 1000mg|