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Squash Risotto

by in Nov 2009
Squash Risotto
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Total Time: 30

Yield: 6 servings

This squash risotto recipe just keeps on going. We make it with leftover acorn or butternut squash (mashed sweet potatoes work well, too), and then make rice pancakes with it the next day. One of the keys to successful risotto is to keep the stock hot so that when you add it to the rice, it doesn’t cool everything down.

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  • 7 cups reduced-sodium turkey or chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 cups arborio or carnaroli rice
  • 1 1/2 cups puréed leftover squash (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: Sautéed diced squash (optional)


In a medium (2- to 3-quart)  saucepan over high heat, bring turkey or chicken stock to a boil; then reduce heat to low and let it  simmer.

In a large (3- to 4-quart) saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter, then add onion, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Cook, stirring often, about 3 minutes, being careful not to brown rice or onion. Add about 1-1/2 cups hot stock to rice/onion mixture and stir until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Add another 1 cup hot stock and stir until most of the liquid is absorbed. Repeat with additional  stock, 1 cup at a time, until the rice is barely al dente. You may not need all the liquid, depending on your rice. Add the squash purée and stir. Taste the risotto and add the brown sugar and any additional salt if desired.  Add cheese and stir until well incorporated.
Updated Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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One Response to Squash Risotto

  1. Jeffrey Sawyer April 18, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    This was very tasty but the rice was still hard in the middle. I even added an extra cup of liquid and it was still way too “al dente”. It also says this yields 6 servings. 3 cups of cooked rice is a lot of rice. Way more than 6 servings. If you look at the instructions on a container of Arborio rice, the ratio of rice to liquid is 1:3. I’ve made risotto many times before and that seems to be the common ratio I’ve used. Is there a possibility the 3 cups rice in the recipe is a misprint and should be 1 cup? This make more sense with the amount of liquid called for and also the number of servings.

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