Joe’s Butternut Squash Risotto

Joe's Butternut Squash Risotto
Recipe type: Side Dish
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  • 1 c. butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 c. Arborio rice
  • 3 c. hot vegetable stock
  • ⅓ c. dry white wine
  • ¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ c. Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • ½ onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • salt & ground black pepper to taste
  1. Place squash cubes & 1 tbsp of butter into a skillet over medium heat. Stir occasionally until cooked through (roughly 10 minutes) then remove from heat & set aside.
  2. Melt remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion & garlic; cook & stir for 2 minutes until they begin to soften, then stir in the rice. Continue cooking & stirring until the rice is glossy from the butter, & the onion begins to brown on the edges, about 5 minutes more.
  3. Pour in the white wine; cook, stirring constantly, until it has evaporated. Stir in ⅓ of the hot vegetable stock; reduce heat to medium. Cook & stir until the stock has been absorbed by the rice, 5 to 7 minutes. Add half of the remaining stock, & continue stirring until it has been absorbed.
  4. Finally, pour in the remaining stock & butternut squash, & continue stirring until the risotto is creamy. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, & season to taste with salt & pepper. Finally top each individual serving with Pecorino Romano cheese.


Photo Courtesy of Warren Layton on Flickr

Butternut Squash Soup

Consider this as a new tradition starter for your Thanksgiving this year!

Submitted by Joe
Serves 6-8


1 butternut squash, peeled 2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 onion, chopped 6 c. chicken stock
salt & pepper


  1. butternut squash soup by mary.w.e. on FlickrCut squash into 1″ chunks.  In a large pot, melt butter.  Add onion & cook until translucent, about 8 minutes.  Add squash & stock.  Bring to a simmer & cook until squash is tender.
  2. Remove squash chunks with a slotted spoon & place in a blender & puree.  Return blended squash to the pot.  Stir & season with salt & pepper.  Serve.