Butternut Squash Risotto
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Butternut Squash Risotto [Gluten-Free, Vegetarian]

This vegetarian Butternut Squash Risotto features roasted butternut squash and is a super creamy, hearty dish that can hold its own as a meatless main or serve as a savory side.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword butternut squash, risotto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 386kcal
Author Sherri Hall

Ingredients

  • 20 oz. fresh cubed butternut squash (Most grocery stores sell packaged peeled and cubed butternut squash for your convenience)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 56-58 oz. gluten-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 1/2 cups Arborio rice (not rinsed)
  • 1 cup white wine (preferably Pinot Grigio)
  • 3/4 cup shredded vegetarian Parmesan cheese & more for garnish if desired
  • Chopped fresh basil for garnish if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Place cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil until well coated, but not drowning.
  • Season butternut squash with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Roast butternut squash for 40-50 minutes until fork-tender. About 20 minutes through, stir squash and turn the pan 180°. Then return to oven for the remaining time. When finished, remove from oven and let rest on baking sheet (mine took 45 minutes).
  • After you've stirred the squash and turned the pan, start preparing the risotto while the squash continues to cook. First, warm the vegetable broth in a pot over medium heat.
  • Next, in a wide pan, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat in a wide pan until butter is melted.
  • Add the shallot and cook on medium until it becomes translucent, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the Arborio rice and stir until it is well coated.
  • Add the wine and stir constantly until it is absorbed.
  • Once wine is absorbed, add one ladleful (approximately ¼ cup) of broth. Stir constantly until broth is absorbed.
  • Continue to add one ladleful of broth at a time to the rice as it is absorbed, stirring constantly. Repeat this process until rice is tender and has a creamy consistency (will take about 20-25 minutes from this point and you may not need to use all 58 ounces of broth - mine was done using 56 ounces).
  • Turn off heat and stir in the cheese. Use a slotted spoon to add in the butternut squash to eliminate some of the oil. Stir to combine. You can smash the butternut squash with your spoon while stirring if you want smaller pieces.
  • Stir in additional kosher salt to taste if desired. Garnish with fresh basil and additional Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Accuracy is not guaranteed. Information shown should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Please note that nutrition facts did not take into account the additional Parmesan cheese for garnish, the basil for garnish or salt and pepper to taste.
In addition, the nutrition calculator used did not make accommodations for low-sodium vegetable broth.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 967mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8125IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3.3mg