Butternut Squash Risotto | Back Home Again: Butternut Squash Risotto

Monday, November 16, 2015

Butternut Squash Risotto

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I usually host Thanksgiving at my house and am always trying to find creative ways to incorporate vegetables that are healthy AND something my family will eat. A few years ago I came across a butternut squash risotto recipe in a magazine that looked delicious and I put a copy in my recipe binder and promptly forgot about it until I was looking through my binder not too long ago. So when I came across butternut squash on sale at my local Schnucks recently, I decided to pick one up and try out this recipe.

Here's what you need:

4-5 cups chicken/beef/vegetable broth 
2 tbs olive oil
3 shallots, diced
2-3 c peeled and cubed butternut squash 
dried thyme
tumeric I used for color
1 c arborio rice
1/2 c white wine
1/2 c Parmesan cheese 

I peeled and cubed my squash that I bought, but it's much easier and faster to buy the precut squash. Especially when you're cooking an entire holiday meal yourself!

Heat broth to steaming and keep warm. Heat oil in a saucepan and add shallots, then add squash, thyme, salt, pepper and tumeric. Add rice, stir until translucent then add wine and stir until almost absorbed by the rice. 

Stir in 1/2 cup of hot broth and simmer stirring constantly until liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding 1/2 at a time until rice is tender and creamy. Add cheese. This took me about 30 minutes and I used about 4 cups of broth.

I've spoken before about how I love the sales at Schnucks and this grocery trip was no exception. Not only did they have their buy 10 get the 11th free promotion going on, but they also had a deal where you purchase three orange dot meat items for $15. You could choose from things like steak, pork chops and bacon, as well as several other items.

Again, I love this kind of deal because I can stock up and freeze for later. It's so nice to be able to get fresh meat and produce (not to mention baking supplies - I love this time of year!) at a decent price. I posted a video on my Instagram showing off my freezer stocked full of peppers from this deal and when I open the freezer, I just smile. It's so great to just grab something out of the freezer to throw together a quick meal on a busy weeknight.

As you all probably realize by now, I'm really big on the family table and providing nourishing meals (aka real food) to which my family can down and enjoy. Schnucks is great at helping me nourish my family with their stock of quality food at a decent price. Sitting down at the table with an actual meal was something I never really did growing up and I want to instill that nourishing tradition in my kids.

I also love it when I can turn a Thanksgiving side into a weeknight meal that the whole family loves!

What's your favorite weeknight meal? Do you incorporate it into the holidays?

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