Serves a Crowd

Summer Squash Risotto with Meyer Lemon

July  2, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 4 as a main, 8 as a side
Author Notes

For me, risotto is the ultimate comfort food. It lends itself to a wide variety of added ingredients: summer squash, squash blossoms, fresh herbs, and Rosé are delectable friends in this summery dish. This risotto can stand alone as a main course served with a simple green salad, or it is a bright side dish to accompany a simple grilled salmon. Don't forget to buy a bottle or two of Rosé to drink with this meal. Two of my cooking heroes, Alice Waters and Patricia Wells, are the inspiration for this recipe. —yummy supper

What You'll Need
  • 7-8 cups chicken broth ( homemade if possible)
  • 1/4-1/2 pounds Summer Squash
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup Rosé or White Wine
  • 6 squash blossoms
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil/and or mint
  • juice of one Meyer lemon
  • zest from 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  1. Heat chicken stock in a separate pot and keep going at a low simmer throughout cooking.
  2. Chop squash into bite-sized pieces. Sauté in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Peel and mince shallots. Cook in heavy bottomed saucepan with 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. After a few minutes and the shallots are soft but not brown, add the rice. Stir to coat with butter and shallots. Cook for a few minutes until rice glistens. Add wine until almost absorbed. Add one ladle full of warm broth. Stir frequently. Maintain a gentle simmer and continue to add broth, keeping a consistent layer of liquid that just covers the cooking rice.
  4. When the risotto has cooked for 12-15 minutes and still has a firm bite, add chopped herbs and squash blossoms (sliced lengthwise). Cook for approximately 5 minutes more, still stirring regularly and maintaining a layer of broth covering the rice.
  5. When risotto is cooked through, but not at all mushy, remove from heat and add sautéd squash, lemon juice, zest, 2 last tablespoons butter, and 3/4 cup grated Parmesan. Season generously with salt and pepper. Stir and cover for a minute or two, then eat. Serve risotto with 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan to pass around the table.

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