Try out our tasty & healthy vegetarian butternut squash risotto recipe. this recipe is comforting, delicious & full of goodness but best of all quick & easy to make.

What is Risotto?

Risotto is a type of high-starch rice dish that is usually served as a first course. The word risotto, meaning “to scrape,” refers to the process of stirring the rice while it simmers in stock—the movement creates grains of rice that are shaped more or less like long grains of sand. In order for this process to take place, the cooking must be done slowly and lovingly!

How to Make Risotto

There are a number of different risotto recipes. The first thing to remember is that it’s cooked in batches, so you can make as much or as little as you need at a time. It also helps to have all of your ingredients prepped and measured out before starting.

Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in northern Italy. The dish dates back to the start of the 19th century, but thanks to its creamy texture, it’s still a popular dish in many countries across the globe.
This vegan butternut squash risotto combines traditional elements with healthy plant-based ingredients.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2
Calories 610 kcal

Equipment

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Knife
  • Non-stick pot or cast iron with a lid
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion peeled, diced
  • ½ butternut squash peeled, seeds removed, chopped
  • 80 mls dry white wine
  • 150 grams arborio rice or a similar variety of short-grained rice
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ can coconut milk
  • 350 mls vegetable broth*
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in the pot over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes until it starts getting soft.
  • Add butternut squash and white wine. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring continuously with a spatula.
  • Add rice, coconut milk, lemon juice, and vegetable broth. Mix everything together. Bring to a simmer and close the pot with a lid.
  • Allow the risotto to cook for about 20-25 minutes. The rice should be soft and creamy, the squash fully cooked, and there should be a crust forming at the bottom of the dish.
  • Mix everything together and serve.

Notes

Vegetable broth can be homemade or store-bought. Alternatively, you can use a flavour pot or a stock cube dissolved in hot water.
For an oil-free dish, saute the onion with a small splash of water.
If you are concerned about alcohol – don’t worry. The alcohol from the wine will have completely cooked off by the time the dish is done.

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcal
Keyword Butternut, Healthy, Plant Based, Risotto, Squash, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Conclusion

In conclusion, there are many steps to make a perfect risotto. A good rice to liquid ratio is the most important factor. Cooking time and temperature is also important for getting the right consistency. It is important to keep stirring the risotto as it cooks, adding liquid as needed.

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