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I decided to try something completely different with butternut squash this time. I’ve stuffed it, made soup out of it, roasted it, you name it. While searching the internet for new and creative ways to cook with butternut squash, I found this wonderful recipe for risotto from the Barefoot Contessa. I thought this is different – I must try it. I modified it to be vegan, took out all the butter and added some spinach.
This dish is creamy, flavorful and can be eaten as a meal, a side or use it to stuff some mushrooms – like I did at my house – for a delectable appetizer.
This recipe is adapted from The Barefoot Contessa: Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash
Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash and Spinach
Yield: 4-6 servings
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
6-8 cups no salt added or low sodium vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
2 cups baby spinach
1 tsp saffron threads
2 tbsp chopped chives
Fresh black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place squash on non-stick baking tray and bake for 20 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, heat the vegetable stock on low heat in small saucepan.
In a 3 quart saute pan, add the chopped onion and garlic with 1 tablespoon of vegetable stock. Water saute onions and garlic for about five minutes on medium to medium-low heat until onions are translucent.
Add the rice to the onions and stir. Add the white wine and cook, stirring until wine has been absorbed into rice.
Add two ladles of vegetable stock to the rice with saffron and black pepper. Cover and simmer until the stock has been absorbed.
Continue to add a couple more ladles of stock, each time cover and stir until most of the stock is absorbed. Continue to do this until the rice is tender, but still al dente, about 30 minutes.
When rice is done, remove from heat and add the roasted squash cubes and spinach. Stir until the spinach is slightly wilted. Garnish with chopped chives and serve.
What’s your favorite way to cook butternut squash?
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