Butternut Squash Risotto

After finding myself with a fairly large amount of uncooked arborio rice, I’ve been on the hunt for fun risotto recipes. Enter Cooking Light magazine. This month, the mag featured a butternut squash risotto recipe, heralded under its “5 ingredient cooking” banner. Well, you can’t go wrong with five ingredients: butternut squash, chicken stock, arborio rice, parsley and bacon.

Butternut squash just happened to be $1 a piece at my farmer’s market on Thursday. Now, my couponing side wanted to purchase the largest squash I could find in the bin, but I restrained knowing that I don’t partake of butternut squash that often. So, I went with a smaller squash that yielded approximately four cups of cubed squash after peeling and coring. Not too shabby.

Now, onto the risotto. I now have a better appreciation for chefs who make risotto to order. The slow addition of broth and the constant stirring felt like an eternity. But, when I tasted the end result, it was worth the effort. The risotto was delicious! Even before I added the smoked bacon or parsley, the dish had a nice peppery flavor that was quite tasty. For those of you who also have leftover arborio rice and a taste for butternut squash, this is a pretty delicious fix!


58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JamieAnne
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 13:41:25

    Yum! Looks great! I’d have wanted to pick the largest one too! Ha!

  2. Simply Life
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 13:53:25

    oooh squash + risotto = DELICIOUS!

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 16:26:28

    Wow, this looks amazing. Love risotto, love squash, love the combo.

  4. Laural @ Being Healthier
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 19:16:28

    it looks wonderful! I love the bacon… such a great addition to creamy risotto and the squash my goodness!

  5. Kathy
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 20:10:16

    Love butternut squash…this has to be amazing!

  6. mary
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 20:31:42

    This looks a wonderful risotto, butternut squash is the perfect vessel and the bacon adds a special touch!

  7. Yuri
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 23:50:12

    This risotto looks delicious! Agree with you, the process of making it isn’t that easy… All that stirring requires patience and love!

  8. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 01:42:48

    Risotto is big in our household, and your butternut squash recipe is definitely entering our repertoire.

  9. muppy
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 06:02:17

    my husband cooks a similar delicious risotto but now i’m going to make him top it with bacon!

  10. ambrosiana
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 06:59:57

    Perfect risotto recipe for Fall! I love all the ingredients you used, specially the addition of bacon which adds crunchiness to this marvelous dish!

  11. Tasty Mayhem
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 07:01:49

    Beautiful. This is one of my favorite combinations. Another tasty idea: roast some the squash cubes in the oven to caramelize the edges slightly before adding to the final dish. Did this for a dinner party last year. Hope you had some leftover to make rissotto cakes the next day. πŸ™‚

  12. JasmyneTea
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 07:12:19

    Love a butternut squash risotto, I personally like to crumble danish feta on top just before I serve it. Great photos!

  13. Elaine
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 09:17:42

    This looks delicious! I printed out the recipe and I am going to make this. Butternut squash is at a good price here and I need to use up my bag of arborio as well.

  14. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 09:55:39

    I saw this when I got my mag this week and have been drooling ever since. It’s been kind of embarrassing. I am so GLAD you made it first with stellar reviews because now I am absolutely going to move it to the top of my list. YUM!

  15. Miri Leigh
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 12:07:40

    This looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to copy this!

  16. chutneyandspice
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 14:15:50

    what a delicious combination of 5 flavours. I love the blue background against those colours.

  17. Kelly
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 17:07:29

    What a great looking risotto – arborio is so delicious and the added bacon… whoa… πŸ™‚

  18. Ronda
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 20:10:34

    I think all that stirring is what sous chefs are for! Looks tasty!

  19. Miriam Barton
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 21:56:51

    Excellent risotto! Can’t wait to make it!! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  20. purabinaha
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 01:02:12

    Yummy risotto! I loved the ingredients and the pictures!

  21. peachkins
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 04:04:52

    I love how it looks!

    I thought it’s an entry to Kulinarya Cooking Club, our theme this month is RED,WHITE, YELLOW and BLUE in commemoration with national heroes day and Ninoy Aquino’s death anniversary.

  22. Three-Cookies
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 06:16:36

    Looks nice and creamy. Same instinct here – go for the biggest. We are humans after all!

  23. Jay
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 06:27:06

    sounds super tasty n lipsmacking..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  24. Cakelaw
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 07:11:07

    Your risotto looks magnificent. I have had two hits and a really bad miss with stove top risotto, so I haven’t made it for ages.

  25. kitchenbelleicious
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 08:11:35

    Oh that risotto looks sinful. With the squash and bacon paired together- I can only imagine how incredible it tasted- so beautiful too

  26. spicegirlfla
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 08:12:47

    I’ve made risotto with butternut squash before and have loved it…but that little touch of bacon just pushed this over the top!! From the creaminess to that crunch of salty bacon, of my, I do need to try this out!!

  27. Life is Full
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 09:00:21

    Yummy risotto! Love the ingredients! Are we going to see more risotto dishes from you as you use up the rice? πŸ˜‰

  28. clearlyclaireblogclaire
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 09:55:50

    killer combo! cant wait to try this!

  29. forgottenbeast
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 10:53:15

    I just so happen to have a large container of cooked butternut squash in my fridge (I went ahead and over-bought…wish I had your small-squash restraint πŸ˜€ ), and now I know what to do with it!

  30. erica
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 10:58:00

    I just bought a squash and had no idea what to do with it. Looks like I am giving this recipe a go!


  31. sara
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 13:23:48

    I am a huge fan of butternut squash risotto. Now that it’s fall again I will definitely have to put it back in rotation and try out this version! Um, especially with bacon on top, I bet that makes it extra delicious! πŸ˜€

  32. Caroline
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 15:26:43

    Oh how I love butternut squash risotto. Such a delicious flavor combo. Now that’s just cruel to add bacon to the mix. Drooling!

  33. Reem | Simply Reem
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 15:49:27

    This looks perfect!!!
    Lovely combination of flavors….
    Perfect for fall.

  34. Liz
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 17:23:53

    What a gorgeous dish!!! I think of risotto A LOT but never make the time to cook it properly. I need to change my attitude and just do it…you are an inspiration πŸ™‚

  35. Reem | Simply Reem
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 19:48:13

    Hi dear I know this is my 2nd comment…
    I really love your blog and I want to pass on an award to you, I know you must have had this before but my list of favorite can’t be complete without you. πŸ™‚
    P.S I don’t know why my post did not show the link earlier I updated.
    You can have it here

  36. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 20:19:16

    i love squash in the fall but in risotto with bacon..yummy!!

  37. Baking Serendipity
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 21:56:49

    I love risotto, but have never added squash to it before. This is definitely something to try! Looks delicious πŸ™‚

  38. kitchen flavours
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 22:42:15

    Your plate of risotto looks really delicious, I like the sound of the bacon in it. And the butternut squash makes it sound really flavourful!

  39. Tiffany
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 06:42:24

    I usually do not eat squash! But this looks really good that I am willing to try it.

  40. Peggy
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 09:15:16

    Oh I love butternut squash! This risotto looks fantastic =)

  41. Terra
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:37:28

    I love, and made butternut squash risotto last year! It truly is amazing, so filling, and delicious! I love your addition of bacon, perfect flavor combo:-) Hugs, Terra

  42. chunklet's mom
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 14:40:27

    looks yummy

  43. sally
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 15:01:18

    This dish looks so colorful and delicious! I love that it is winter squash season!

  44. Tanvi
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 19:37:30

    Oh my ..that looks so beautiful with that lovely color!

  45. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Sep 27, 2011 @ 20:52:09

    You say risotto and I say YUM!

  46. oneexpatslife
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 11:49:34

    I’m so happy to see that you gave traditional risotto a try. It really is labor intensive, not hard really, just time consuming. But I do love how it tastes at the end of all that stirring. Your squash risotto looks delicious!

  47. Malli's Mint and Mimosas
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 16:18:19

    Yummilicious comfort food— looks so good!!

  48. Rai
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 16:25:38

    I LOVE butternut squash!

    I wish I didn’t live in a dorm room so I could make this… =(

  49. Ryan
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 20:36:48

    Wow, this looks incredible! I love every ingredient in this dish and its so pretty and colorful -such a great meal for fall! $1.00 for a butternut squash is a great deal too!

  50. Sutapa
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 10:59:42

    Looks great! Deadly combo of smoked bacon and parsley with butternut squash!

  51. chunklet's mom
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 14:15:36

    I keep on looking at this photo because it’s pretty and i’m hungry! Hmmmm…bacon!

  52. Ameena
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 15:22:16

    I love risotto but have to say I love that your mom comments here. πŸ™‚ Too cute.

  53. Ameena
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 15:23:06

    Edited to add: Assuming “chunklet’s mom” is your mom??

  54. peggy
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 16:33:51

    This looks so delicious!! I’m going to have to try it.

  55. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 20:26:56

    This looks so good! I’ve always been afraid to make Risotto. Those cooking shows always tell you how difficult it is to make. I’m guessing mine wouldn’t turn out so wonderful.

  56. MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 18:38:37

    I love risotto and I LOVE butternut squash. This is a winner.

  57. Casey
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 10:15:06

    This ones is mine. I love risotto and butternut squash is delicious. What a great meal.

  58. Quay Po
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 20:19:34

    What a great idea to pair squash with risotto! Looks superb!

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