As the winter weather continues, so do cravings for warm hearty recipes and delicious comfort food!
Kenwood has developed a cozy Butternut Squash Risotto and given its delicious taste, nobody will believe how easy it is to make. Chock-full of healthy vegetables and fresh ingredients including carrots, squash, sage, and rosemary, this meal is an instant favorite for the entire family. —DeLonghi USA
Wash butternut squash, remove the skin with a knife or vegetable peeler (place squash in microwave for 2-3 minutes to soften the skin, making it easier to peel), scrape out seeds and pulp and cut into 1 inch cubes.
Add olive oil to a large pot and heat on medium for approximately 1-2 minutes. Add in the onions and carrots and cook on medium high heat until onions are translucent.
Add the squash and enough water to cover the squash (approximately 1 to 1 ½ cups of water).
Cook the vegetables for about 20 minutes on medium high heat until the squash and carrots are soft. Pour mixture into a heat-resistant blender, such as the Kenwood Blend-X Pro, add in the dry seasonings and pulse for 1 minute until the puree is completely blended.
**If you have additional puree use it to create a simple soup, thinning out with some chicken or vegetable stock if needed.
For the risotto
Chop herbs and dice the onions. Set the herbs aside for later.
Heat oil in saucepan and caramelize the onions over medium high heat for 12-15 minutes.
Add the rice, herbs and white wine, stirring often to slightly toast the rice.
Increase temperature and add in almost all of the vegetable stock and butternut squash puree, reserve about ½-1 cup of stock if you need to add to the risotto a little later.
Stir the mixture often; once the stock reaches a boil, lower heat and simmer on medium for 25 minutes. Continuing to stir often until the rice reaches a creamy consistency.
When the rice is cooked thoroughly, add the cheese, butter salt and pepper, turn off the heat so the risotto doesn’t get mushy.