Oven Baked Autumn Squash Risotto
In Italy, risotto is considered a real kid friendly dish and this one is brilliant as it requires minimal effort and you can pop out whilst it's cooking in the oven! The butternut squash has a great flavour when roasted, but if you are short on time, you can simmer it until tender instead. Can be stored in the fridge for 2 - 3 days. Replace the butter & parmesan for vegan & dairy free option.
- 700 g butternut squash organic, peeled de-seeded and diced into 1cm cubes
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme organic, leaves only
- 1 dash black pepper organic, fairtrade, freshly ground
- 30 ml olive oil organic, fairtrade
- 10 g butter organic
- 1 onion organic, peeled and diced
- 1 garlic cloves organic, peeled and crushed
- 400 g arborio rice organic
- 150 ml dry white wine organic, fairtrade
- 1300 ml vegetable stock organic
- 50 g walnut pieces organic, fairtrade, optional or use pine nuts
- 50 g Parmesan cheese organic, grated
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6
- Place the butternut squash in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the thyme leaves over the top. Place in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Add the butter to an oven proof casserole dish and over a medium heat fry the onion for 5 minutes until soft.
- Add the rice and garlic and fry for 1 minute, keep stirring
- Add the white wine and stir until it is all absorbed.
- Stir in the hot stock and season with salt and black pepper
- Cover with a tight fitting lid or several layer of tin foil and cook in the oven for around 20 minutes until the liquid is all absorbed and the rice is tender.
- Remove the risotto and butternut squash from the oven and stir in the parmesan cheese and walnut pieces and leave to stand for 5 minutes, which allows it to go all creamy.
- Serve with a little extra parmesan sprinkled over the top.
In a hurry or not all eating together? Risotto should really be eaten straight away. As this doesn't require much attention during cooking, I would recommend getting everything ready, frying the onions and cooking the rest when ready. You can however, re-heat a portion. How to cook on the hob Add the squash to the pan after the wine, then add the stock slowly, stirring all the time. Keeps in the fridge for 2 - 3 days
Calories: 799kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 273% | Vitamin C: 56% | Calcium: 23% | Iron: 30%