A Culinary Adventure: Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Oct 28, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

15 minutes
60 minutes

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Living in a world where flavors collide and cultures converge, it’s amazing how a single dish can transport us to different places and times. When it comes to diversity and incredible taste, nothing quite captures my adventurous spirit like a humble butternut squash. Join me on a culinary adventure as we delve into the realm of creamy, dreamy roasted butternut squash risotto – a dish that combines the warmth of the autumn harvest with the indulgence of Italian comfort food.


– 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into small cubes
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 teaspoon salt, divided
– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
– 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
– 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
– 1 small onion, finely chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
– 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
– 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
– 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary)
– 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)

Cooking Instructions Image


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cubed butternut squash on the sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with half the salt and half the black pepper. Toss gently to coat. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the squash is tender and slightly caramelized. Set it aside.

2. In a medium-sized saucepan, warm the broth over low heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Keep it on low heat throughout the cooking process.

3. In a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or pot, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until translucent and fragrant, approximately 5 minutes.

4. Add the Arborio rice to the pot, stirring constantly for a minute or until the rice is coated with the butter and begins to turn slightly golden.

5. If desired, pour in the white wine and stir until it evaporates, leaving a subtle hint of acidity.

6. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Gradually add a ladleful of the warm broth to the rice, stirring constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat this process, one ladle at a time, until the rice is cooked and creamy. This will take approximately 25-30 minutes, but taste and texture should be your guide. Keep the risotto at a gentle simmer throughout the cooking process.

7. As the risotto is nearing completion, stir in the roasted butternut squash, remaining tablespoon of butter, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg, and the remaining salt and black pepper. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, ensuring the flavors are well combined.

8. Remove the pot from heat. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese until it melts and envelops the dish with its nutty richness. Allow the risotto to rest, covered, for a few minutes.

9. Serve the roasted butternut squash risotto in warm bowls, garnished with freshly chopped parsley if desired. Savor every spoonful of this creamy masterpiece.

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Tips and Variations:

– Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices. Sage, cinnamon, or even a pinch of chili flakes can add exciting dimensions to the dish.
– For an added layer of flavor, try roasting the butternut squash with a drizzle of maple syrup or a sprinkle of brown sugar.
– If you prefer a smoother risotto, you can use an immersion blender or a food processor to purée a portion of the roasted butternut squash before adding it to the risotto.
– To make this recipe vegan, substitute the butter for plant-based margarine and use your preferred non-dairy cheese alternative.
– Serve the risotto alongside grilled chicken or roasted mushrooms for a complete and satisfying meal.

As we revel in the velvety smoothness of every bite, let us pay homage to the origins and adaptability of this glorious dish. The roasted butternut squash risotto embodies the beauty of taking simple ingredients and transforming them into something extraordinary. It’s a celebration of flavors and a testament to the timeless art of cooking. So, gather your loved ones, embark on a culinary journey, and let this recipe ignite a passion for good food and shared experiences. Bon appétit!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup (189g)

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
  Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 580mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
  Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
  Sugars 3g  
Protein 6g  
Vitamin A 160% Vitamin C 26%
Calcium 10% Iron 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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