Butternut Squash Risotto

Source: Cornell Cooperative Extension Finger Lakes Region

Serving size: Yields about 8 servings

Butternut squash adds a nice splash of color and nutrition to this recipe. Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A & C, as well as a good source of fiber and potassium.

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  1. 1 cup roasted butternut squash purée, or other winter squash purée of your choice
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 cup onion, chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 cup Arborio rice
  6. 1 teaspoon turmeric
  7. 3 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth, kept hot
  8. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  9. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Large saucepan, cutting board, sharp knife, measuring cups, measuring spoons, wooden spoon


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 4 minutes or until tender.

2. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.

3. Add rice while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook for 2 more minutes.

4. Add turmeric and cook about 2 more minutes, stirring often.

5. Add 1 cup of the hot broth and cook, stirring frequently, until the rice absorbs the liquid. Continue adding broth in 1 cup increments and stirring often until the rice is creamy (not soupy) and soft but still al dente, about 25 minutes.

6. Remove from heat and add roasted squash and cheese. Stir. Add nutmeg to taste. Serve immediately. If not serving immediately, keep warm and add cheese right before serving.

More About Butternut Squash

How to Select

Choose a squash heavy for its size.

How to Store

Store in a cool, dark place for up to a month. Once cut, refrigerate unused portion.

How to Prepare

Add to stews and soups, steam and drizzle with olive oil, prepare in a curry, bake and stuff with apples, add cooked squash to a canned black beans with a dash of cinnamon and cumin, mash with yams, seasoned with ginger and cinnamon, or simply cube and roast.