Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Butternut Squash Risotto

Hi everyone last night my dinner was so delish you must make it!! This will make dinner for 1 with left overs, dinner for 2 or side dish for 4!!! Here are all your ingredients....
Butternut squash, 1/2 cup white wine, 3 tablespoons butter, 1 cup Ariboro rice, 4 cups chicken broth, 1 onion and Parmesan cheese!
I had a yummy salad with sun dried tomato's to go along with this rich main dish!
Start by cubing about 1-2cups of squash (however much you desire) this is how to work with this crazy veggie....peel the Rhine with a knife, then half and half (long ways) and cube.
Make sure your pieces are about the same size so they will cook at the same time!
In a small pot bring the 4 cups of broth to a boil, put the squash in and cook for 5min. Next up with a slotted spoon remove the squash and reduce the broth to about med-low.
In your risotto pot satuee 2 tablespoons of butter and the diced onion until tender but not brown! I did this over med to med-high heat!
Next throw in your rice and toast it up for about 2min and then add your wine. You will want the rice to soak up all the wine which will take about another 2min.
This next part will take around 20min and you will need to give it alot of love, Risotto is a very slow process that requires constant attention. When you stir the rice that is what breaks down the starch and allows it to absorb the broth and get creamy! 1 ladle at a time pour in the broth, stir and allow the rice to absorb then repeat until your rice is firm yet soft! TIP!! Don't ever let the rice get dry when you notice the broth is almost absorbed, add another ladle.
Then add the last tablespoon of butter, parm and the butternut squash......
And then WHAM, you have one of my favorite side dishes turned into a yummy main dish. Make sure you get low-sodium chicken broth (makes this healthier) and do not salt this dish, trust me you do not need it! Risotto takes time and love and it took me several times to perfect this and for me to know exactly what and how to make....so don't worry if your first time is not perfect!
I hope that was helpful!!!!!!!!

1 comment:

Caroline said...

Look so tasty! I love risotto :)

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