Risotto With Butternut Squash and Sage
Adapted from The One-Dish Vegetarian
Lacto withVegan Option
Preparation: 60 minutes
- 1 medium butternut squash (1 1/2 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 18 sage leaves, 12 whole, 6 shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 7 cups vegetable broth
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, or vegan maragarine, divided
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 1 cup dry white wine or cider
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut squash into chunks and scrape outseeds and strings. Peel with a paring knife or vegetable peeler and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
- Toss squash cubes with 1 tablespoon olive oil and place in a baking pan with 12 whole sage leaves and season with salt and pepper.
- Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally with a spatula, until the squash is tender and starting to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool, discarding any sage leaves that are burned.
- In a saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer. Keep it barely simmering on
medium-low heat while you make the risotto.
- In a heavy 4-quart casserole or pot, heat 2 tablespoons butter/margarine and the oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and the shredded sage and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, until the onion begins to soften.
- Add the rice and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes to coat rice with oil.
- When grains become slightly translucent, add the wine/cider and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed.
- Add 1 cup hot broth, stirring frequently until the liquid is almost absorbed, then continue adding broth, a little over 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until is almost completely absorbed.
- Adjust the heat so the risotto is always at a gentle simmer.
- After 15 minutes, stir in the roasted squash and continue adding the broth and stirring for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the rice is still firm to the bite but creamy.
- Stir in the final 1/4 cup remaining broth and turn off the heat.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter or margarine and the Parmesan (optional) and stir to combine.
- Serve as soon as possible, with additional Parmesan at the table.
If you have comments or suggestions,
Amanda's Kitchen is devoted to introducing healthy
vegetarian and vegan cooking to everyone's kitchen.
Page last updated: October 15, 2000
This page created with Netscape Navigator Gold