Considering that risotto is by far one of my favorite dishes to make I can’t believe I have never made a risotto with butternut squash before – especially as it seems to be one of the more popular varieties. However since it is one of the more common varieties I wanted to punch it up a bit more by adding the sage. It was really nice, I served it with an italian red wine based chicken stew.
The funny thing is that I made this almost 2 weeks ago but haven’t had the chance to post yet, since then I got my copy of Jamie at Home and he has a Sage and Butternut risotto recipe too! It is surprisingly different but I really like that he fried the sage leaves in butter at the end and used them as a garnish, so I may try that with the second half next one.
[print_this]Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage
1 small butternut squash
2 cloves garlic, minced
a dozen large fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1 small onion
1.5C arborio rice
1 small cup white wine
1L chicken or vegetable stock
1/2C Parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut into wedges and arrange on a baking tray or roasting pan. Sprinkle the garlic, and half the sage on the squash. Add a healthy grinding of pepper and salt. Drizzle the olive over the squash and use your hands to rub the squash and distribute. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until tender. When it has cooled slightly take about half of the squash, remove the peel and add it to a bowl. Gently mash to soften but allow it to retain some texture. Set aside.
Start the risotto (you can do this as your squash is cooking).Put the stock in a sauce pan over low heat. In a heavy saucepan or Dutch Oven add 1T butter and onion over medium low heat. Sweat until soft. Increase the heat to medium. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook stirring regularly until mostly absorbed.
Start adding stock a ladle or two at a time, stirring regularly while it absorbs. For every ladle of stock add a few spoonfuls of the squash. Continue until your rice is just lightly al dente. Peel and roughly chop the remaining squash. Stir in the Parmesan and remaining butter and sage. now add the remaining squash. Taste and adjust for seasoning. I find in this sort of dish the seasoning you need changes dramatically depending on what kind of stock you use.[/print_this]