While I’ve consumed a good amount of butternut squash in my day, this is my first attempt at cooking with it. What’s great about this recipe is that the risotto achieves a creamy consistency without laborious stirring. Hallelujah! The original recipe calls for blue cheese, but The Astronomer and I actually preferred our risotto without because it overpowered the subtle rosemary and squash flavors. I recommend you try it both ways to see what suits your palate.
- 7 cups (or more) chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/4 cups finely chopped onion
- 1 2-pound butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded, cut into 1/2 to 3/4-inch dice (about 3 cups)
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
- 2 cups arborio rice (about 13 1/2 ounces)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 4 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves (about 4 ounces)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 1 1/2 ounces)
Bring 7 cups broth to boil in large saucepan. Cover and reduce heat to low.
Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add squash and 1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary; sauté 4 minutes to coat with butter.
Add rice and stir 2 minutes. Add wine and simmer until evaporated, about 1 minute. Add 7 cups hot broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until rice is just tender and risotto is creamy and slightly soupy, adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls as needed to maintain consistency and stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes. Stir in spinach, and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer risotto to large bowl. Sprinkle with blue cheese and remaining 1/2 teaspoon rosemary and serve.
Makes 6 servings.