Butternut squash is to fall what our arborio rice is to risotto: the perfect match. Combined together, these ingredients melt into the fall comfort food recipe you’ve been craving. Jot down the ingredients and follow our recipe in just three steps to enjoy a rich and creamy autumn risotto.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile, prick squash in several places, set in shallow baking dish; bake at 350 degrees F. 50 minutes or until tender. Let the butternut squash cool down. Peel, use a spoon to scoop the seeds and strings from the center and cut into cubes. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in chopped onion and cook until onion begins to brown. It will take about 4 to 5 minutes. Add rice and sage; stir 1 to 2 minutes. Add the seasoning mix made from nutmeg and cayenne pepper, cubed baked squash and chicken broth. Cover and cook 10 minutes, occasionally stirring.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and mixture has a creamy consistency. Stir often. Once the rice has the desired texture, remove from heat and stir in cheese. Serve immediately. You can top your servings with more Parmesan cheese and fresh sage leaves.
Save time by using already washed and diced, ready to cook butternut squash. This will reduce baking time to only 30 minutes, or until squash is tender.
Fall staples come together in this irresistible risotto recipe the entire family will love. Cubed squash is the perfect addition to the classic Italian recipe for a seasonal dish. Before you jump into the recipe, here are a few tips you should consider when making an authentic risotto.
The key to success for this recipe is in the broth to rice ratio, a simple measurement that will help you bring risotto to perfection, every time. You should also know that as well as gradually stirring in the broth, it should be previously heated and added hot to help the rice absorb it better – this will lead to the creamiest texture.
Constantly stirring is as important as the cheese you choose to melt in the rice and the remaining ingredients. Parmesan cheese is definitely our go-to. Continuous stirring will indeed prevent the rice from burning and help with consistency.
Acing the perfect risotto is easier with our Authentic Grains Mahatma® Arborio Rice so if you are already wondering what your next Italian masterpiece is going to be, we suggest you check out our selection of 5 Irresistible Creamy Risotto Recipes.
After you nail this classic Italian dish, we recommend you continue exploring tasty recipes from around the world by trying this Mexican Rice in the rice cooker next. Use our Cooking section to finds tips for best results like the ideal Jasmine Rice water ratio for Asian-inspired recipes. Last but not least, make sure you pick up a bag of rice for paella so you can learn how to make that mouthwatering Mediterranean meal!
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Step 1. Set a rack in upper third part of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2. Place the butternut squash on baking sheet, drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with the chipotle chile powder and 1 teaspoon of the salt and toss. Place in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until cooked and very soft. Scrape onto a bowl and set aside.
Step 3. Pour the chicken broth into a saucepan set over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.
Step 4. While your both comes to a simmer, combine the requeson or mascarpone cheese with the sauce from chipotles in adobo and the maple syrup in a small bowl. Season with salt to taste and set aside.
Step 5. Before moving on, be ready with your roasted butternut squash and chicken broth that should be at a low simmer, if need be, raise heat to medium.
Step 6. Heat ¼ cup olive oil in an extended casserole or Dutch oven set over medium heat. Once hot, add the leeks, onion and ½ teaspoon of the salt, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until softened and wilted. Pour in the water and continue to cook and stir until the water has completely evaporated, the vegetables have become even softer, and they begin to glisten with the oil.
Step 7. Incorporate the rice and stir well to combine with the vegetables and coat in the oil. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, stir, and cook 3 to 4 minutes. The rice should start to smell toasty, but it shouldn’t brown.
Step 8. Pour in the wine, stir, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more until it completely evaporates, then immediately add a large ladleful of the simmering broth. Cook at a simmer until it is absorbed and you can see the bottom of the casserole when you stir.
Step 9. Add the next ladle of broth, along with about a fourth of the roasted butternut squash, simmer and cook until the liquid is absorbed again. Repeat 3 more times, adding another ladle of broth and a fourth of the squash each time, until all the squash has been added.
Step 10. Continue adding broth by the ladleful until the risotto is cooked al dente. Add a cup more broth and stir before you turn it off; it should be quite soupy, yet the broth should be thick.
Step 11. You may have used only 6 cups of the broth or all 7 cups, depending on the heat of your stovetop and the weather where you live. What matters is the rice is still al dente and the consistency still seems a bit soupy.
Step 12. Turn off the heat, top with the butter and the seasoned requeson or mascarpone cheese. Stir well to mix. Sprinkle on the grated cotija and the epazote and cilantro and serve.
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