I chopped up the onions quickly and rummaged through the cabinets for the required spices. I used dry parsley flakes that we keep on hand, instead of fresh. I mixed up some salt and pepper, in addition to a few dashes of paprika and nutmeg. After pulling the necessary broth and margarine from the fridge, I snapped a few shots and got back to work -- grating the squash. If anyone has tips on making grating anything, less awkward or uncomfortable, please let me know.
Hopefully we will continue to boost our repertoire of side dishes and I will share what we come up with and welcome new ideas too!
- 1 32 ounce container (4 cups) chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 12 ounce box frozen butternut squash puree, thawed
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
- 10 leaves fresh sage, slivered
- In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and 1 cup water to a boil over medium-high heat, then turn the heat to low.
- In a large skillet, heat the EVOO , 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. When the oil is rippling, add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 minutes. Add the rice and toast for 3 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until mostly evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add 2 ladlefuls of the warm chicken broth to the rice and stir until the liquid evaporates. Repeat with the remaining broth, cooking the risotto until creamy, about 18 minutes. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, stir in the squash; season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. During the last minute of cooking, stir in the cheese and butter. Top with the sage.