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.
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.
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.