Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

 
 Butternut squash pairs beautifully with earthy sage for this risotto, which is a comforting centerpiece for a fall dinner party. For an ultra-rich flavor, puree the onions before stirring them in. You can use farro instead of rice for a nutty, toasty spin.

Butternut squash pairs beautifully with earthy sage for this risotto, which is a comforting centerpiece for a fall dinner party. For an ultra-rich flavor, puree the onions before stirring them in. You can use farro instead of rice for a nutty, toasty spin.

 

| Yield: 6 to 8 Servings | Time: 1 hour |

 

 
 

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash
3 ½ T olive oil
salt and pepper
½ tsp cumin
2 small yellow onions or 1 large yellow onion
8 cups vegetable broth or stock
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups arborio rice or farro
½ cup white wine
2 T fresh sage, chopped
2 T butter or vegan butter (optional)
Cheese or vegan cheese

Preparation:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Chop butternut squash into 1-inch pieces. Coat with 1 T olive oil, 1 tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper, and ½ tsp cumin. Roast in oven for 40 minutes or until fork tender and slightly caramelized.

2. Thinly slice the onions. Heat 1 ½ T olive oil in a medium pan. Add onion slices, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp black pepper and cook over medium heat until caramelized, around 40 minutes. Stir frequently, and adjust seasonings to your liking. The final product should be the color of caramel.

3. In a medium-size saucepan, heat vegetable stock to a simmer.

4. Coat bottom of a large stockpot or Le Creusette with 1 T olive oil and set over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for one minute. Add farro and sautee for one minute. Add wine and cook for another couple minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

5. Slowly add warm vegetable broth 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. You can turn off the heat at this point, as long as the risotto stays hot. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. When the stock is absorbed and the rice or farro is al dente, stir in caramelized onions, sage, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook a few more minutes. Add butter or vegan butter if desired.

7. Toss in 4 cups of the butternut squash and serve hot. Save extra squash to use in salads, soups, or as a side for tomorrow’s dinner.

 
 

 

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