Butternut Squash Risotto
Constant stirring gives risotto its creamy texture.
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 6 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 shallots, minced
- 2 cups Arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus sprigs for garnish
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Cut squash into eighths; discard seeds. In a large pot filled with 1 inch of simmering water, steam squash on a steaming rack or in a bamboo steamer until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Scoop flesh from skin and mash lightly.
In a large saucepan, heat stock to a simmer. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add oil and shallots; cook for 2 minutes. Add rice; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
Add wine to rice, and cook, stirring, until wine is nearly absorbed. Stir in a cup of stock and the squash; cook at a steady simmer until liquid is nearly absorbed. Continue stirring in stock, a ladleful at a time, until rice is creamy and firm but not hard in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Add chopped rosemary. Stir in remaining butter and most of the Parmesan. Serve immediately in shallow bowls garnished with the remaining cheese and rosemary sprigs.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2005