Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 150g pancetta
  • 250g Arborio rice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 litres of vegetable or chicken stock
  • 100g parmesan, finely grated
  • White wine (optional)
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

To make this vegetarian: ditch the pancetta

To make this vegan: ditch the pancetta, swap parmesan for nutritional yeast

Method

  1. Peel the butternut squash, chop into even chunks, toss in a drizzle of olive oil, season, and roast in the oven at 200°C for 30 – 40 mins
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, brown the pancetta in a small amount of olive oil until crispy then remove and put to the side on a kitchen-towelled plate
  3. Add onion to the pan and cook until softened, then stir in the rice
  4. Add a good splash of white wine (~100 ml) and stir intil cooked off (optional)
  5. Pour a bout 1/4 litre of stock into the pan, stirring until the rice to has absorbed the liquid
  6. Repeat the process until the rice is cooked through
  7. Once cooked, chop two thirds of the roasted butternut squash into approximately 1cmx1cm cubes, and stir into the risotto along with two thirds of the parmesan cheese, a large handfull of spinach. plus seasoning to taste
  8. Dish risotto into bowls, top with chunks of roasted butternut squash, asparagus and parmesan cheese

Source

I was fortunate to have (on the whole) really tasty school food, and this is my take of one of my all-time-favourite school dinners. Butternut squash risotto was served every other week on a Friday as the vegetarian option alongside good old fish & chips. After tasting the risotto by chance one week (I was late and they had run out of fish), I never looked back. I would always rave about it to my mum and my grandparents, so one weekend, when I was staying with my Nan and Grandad, Grandad and I decided to try and re-create the recipe. It was made up based on the flavours I remembered – this is the first time it’s been written down!

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

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