Butternut Squash Risotto

Hello everyone! Hopefully you’re not being bombarded with a snow/rain mix. It’s making me want to stay indoors for a while. Anyway, I want to apologize for not having pictures of the tasties I’ve been making. There will be snapshots soon, I promise!

This is a simple baked risotto with little cubes of butternut squash. You can omit the squash and just add garlic, fresh basil, and seasonings to make a creamy, low maintenance risotto. If you’ve ever made risotto before, you know stirring at the stove is tiring and only marginally worth it.

  • 4 cups water + 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or 1 quart broth)
  • 2 cups arborrio rice
  • 1 cup butternut squash, chopped
  • 1/2 half small yellow onion (or 2 shallots), diced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp curry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large (2 qt?), deep casserole dish, combine diced squash, onions, rice, and broth.
  3. Add seasonings.
  4. Cover with foil, bake for 45-60 minutes. Every 15 minutes, stir.
  5. In the last 15 minutes, pour one more cup of water into the dish and stir. This will make the risotto creamy.* The squash and the rice should be tender at this point!
  6. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

*The squash will absorb a lot of the moisture that makes the rice creamy. I like to think of the water as an activation for the super starchiness.

Namaste.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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