Butternut Squash Risotto

April 15, 2021 ,

I made this one last night for dinner and can’t wait to eat the leftovers. A fall staple for me. Recipe contains dairy.

Recipe Link: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/butternut-squash-risotto.aspx

By By Jennifer Armentrout, Fine Cooking Issue 74

Ingredients:

  • 1 qt. homemade or low-salt chicken broth; more as needed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 10 large fresh sage leaves
  • 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thirds
  • 2 medium shallots, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cups 1/4-inch-diced butternut squash
  • 1-1/2 cups arborio or other risotto rice, such as carnaroli or vialone nano
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steps:

  1. Combine the chicken broth and wine in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. In a medium (3-qt.) saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the sage leaves and fry, turning once, until they’ve turned dark green in most places, about 1 minute total. Don’t brown. With a fork, transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  3. Put the bacon in the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the bacon to the plate with the sage.
  4. Add the shallots to the saucepan and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until softened, about 1 minute. Add the squash and rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Ladle in enough of the hot broth mixture to just cover the rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until the broth is mostly absorbed. Add another ladleful of broth and continue cooking, stirring, and adding more ladlefuls of broth as the previous additions are absorbed, until the rice is tender with just a slightly toothsome quality, about 25 minutes. As the risotto cooks, adjust the heat so that it bubbles gently. The broth mixture needn’t be boiling; it should just be hot. If you use all the broth and wine before the rice gets tender, use more broth but not more wine.
  5. Set aside the nicest looking sage leaves as a garnish (1 leaf per serving). Crumble half of the bacon and the remaining sage leaves into the risotto. Stir in the Parmigiano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Crumble the remaining bacon over each serving and garnish with a sage leaf.

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