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By: Ann



Roasted Acorn Squash Risotto
Serves 4




1 medium acorn squash, halved, seeded

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 cups light tasting vegetable broth (dilute with water if it’s too onion-y)

1 small onion, diced
3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon gluten-free mild curry powder

Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

1 1/2 cups raw short grain Arborio rice

1 cup white wine (optional; replace with broth if alcohol-free)

Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste



Options for garnish:


Chopped toasted pecans, slivered almonds or pine nuts.

Chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Chopped fresh cranberries (shown)




First- Roast the acorn squash.

Preheat your oven to 400ºF.

Roast the acorn squash by placing the two halves cut side up in a baking dish; add about two inches of hot water into the bottom of the dish.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender.

Meanwhile- Start your risotto.

Heat the broth in a separate sauce pan, and keep it warm.

In a heavy medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium heat, and sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes.

Add the curry, nutmeg, and uncooked Arborio rice and stir well, until the rice is coated.

Stir and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
Add the wine and stir for a minute or two.

Pour in 1 cup of the hot broth, and bring to a simmer.

Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring frequently for 7-8 minutes.

When most of the liquid is absorbed, add the remaining cups of broth 1 cup at a time, stirring and simmering until each cup of liquid is absorbed before adding the next one.

(The whole process should take about 20-25 minutes; 22 minutes is my goal for al dente;

if you cook risotto too long it may get gummy.)

When the squash is done, remove it from the oven and using a spoon scoop out pieces and add them into the risotto- I like to do this along with the last cup of broth.

Stir to combine.

When the final cup of liquid is absorbed cover and set aside for a few moments before serving.

Risotto likes to rest a bit.

Warm up four serving bowls.

Spoon the risotto into the bowls, and garnish with some chopped toasted pecans, pine nuts or chopped fresh cranberries.

2 Responses

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