Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Oh my goodness, how I love risotto. It is such a versatile Italian classic because it can become a canvas for countless flavors! This incredible roasted butternut squash risotto was completely inspired by the flavors of fall. The first step was to get my butternut squash roasting.

Roasting the butternut squash was simple and scrumptious! I tossed it with lots of chopped sage, salt and olive oil. Then it just went into my oven for 30 minutes!
Roasting the butternut squash was simple and scrumptious! I tossed it with lots of chopped sage, salt and olive oil. Then it just went into my oven for 30 minutes to develop loads of flavor.

While the butternut squash roasted, I started the risotto portion of the roasted butternut squash risotto. The flavor base was salty, glorious pancetta. Adding pancetta makes any dish better!

I let that pancetta crisp up and render out in my trusty cast iron skillet. When it was done, I removed it with a slotted spoon to drain on a plate lined with paper towel.
I cooked the pancetta until it was crispy in my trusty cast iron skillet. When it was done, I removed it with a slotted spoon to drain on a plate lined with paper towel.

There was loads of rendered out pancetta fat left in my pan. When it came to flavor, that stuff was liquid gold! I didn’t want the roasted butternut squash risotto to be greasy though, so I poured most of it into a container to cook with later. I left a coating of it in my pan and got it back on the heat to toast my arborio rice in it. Then I deglazed the pan with white wine. After that, it was all about patience. Making the risotto was actually really zen like and soothing to me! I kept gently stirring the rice while I gradually added warm chicken stock to the pan. The whole process took about 20 or so minutes to get the rice perfectly tender and creamy.

When the rice was done, the butternut squash was also ready. I stirred it right into the rice, along with the pancetta and lots of smoked gouda. Then the roasted butternut squash risotto was done!
When the rice was done, the butternut squash was also ready. I stirred it right into the rice, along with the pancetta and lots of smoked gouda cheese. Then the roasted butternut squash risotto was done!

I scooped it into pretty bowls and garnished the bowls with a little extra chopped sage on top. It wilted right into the mixture and became so fragrant! Let me tell you, this roasted butternut squash risotto was a bowl full of heaven. The creamy rice was such an incredible base for the tender squash, salty pancetta, and smokey gouda! It was such a perfect main course for fall. Marc went absolutely nuts for it. Enjoy, friends! xoxo

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
5 from 2 votes
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Roasted butternut squash risotto is such an incredible meal or side! The pancetta and smoked gouda give it an amazing depth of flavor. 

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Butternut Squash, Risotto, Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Servings: 4
Calories: 472 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 whole butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 4 whole fresh sage leaves coarsely chopped, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 big pinch kosher salt
  • olive oil as needed
  • 1/2 pound pancetta diced small
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/4 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated smoked gouda
Instructions
  1. First, start roasting the butternut squash. Preheat the oven to 375 and get all of the butternut squash into a large 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle the chopped sage and salt all over it. Then liberally drizzle the olive oil all over the mixture and toss it all together well. Roast the butternut squash in the oven for about 30 minutes. It should become fork tender and fragrant.
  2. While the butternut squash roasts, prepare the risotto. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Get the diced pancetta into the hot pan and let it completely cook and crisp up. It will take about 8 minutes. When it's done, remove it with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel. While the pancetta cooks, pour the chicken stock into a saucepan and get it on the stove either right next to or right behind the skillet. Let it warm up gently over medium low heat.
  3. Drain most of the rendered out pancetta fat out of the pan. Leave just enough to coat the skillet. You can pour the excess into a container and save it to cook with later. It's liquid gold! Add the rice to the skillet and let it lightly toast up in the pancetta fat for less than a minute. Pour in the white wine and let the rice almost completely absorb it.
  4. This is where patience comes in. Ladle a couple of scoops of the warm chicken stock into the skillet and stir constantly while the rice absorbs it. When it's absorbed, repeat with another couple of scoops of the warm stock. Keep up the process until the stock is all completely absorbed into the rice and the rice is perfectly tender. The whole process will take about 20 minutes. Take the pan off of the heat.
  5. The butternut squash should be done at this point. Take it out and measure out two heaping cups of it. There may be some leftover depending on the size of the squash. That can be a great snack for later! Stir the butternut squash, pancetta and smoked gouda into the rice and the risotto is done! Scoop it into bowls and serve with extra chopped sage on top. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 472 Calories from Fat 173
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.2g30%
Saturated Fat 8.3g52%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 1253mg54%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 52.4g17%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugar 1.3g1%
Protein 17.4g35%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This is such a fantastic roasted butternut squash risotto with that creamy arborio rice stirred with the squash, salty pancetta and smoked gouda for a complete meal! #dinner #risotto #butternutsquash #roastedbutternutsquashrisotto #jeanieandluluskitchen
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

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