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Risotto Alla Zucca Recipe

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Submitted by sami326

Makes 8 servings



(Adapted from The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook)

Recipe Ingredients for Risotto Alla Zucca

6 cups all-natural chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 cup butternut squash, peeled and coarsely chopped, 2 to 3 cups
2 cups Arborio rice
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon salt or more to taste

Recipe Directions for Risotto Alla Zucca

  1. # Heat the broth to a bare simmer and keep simmering very gently while you prepare the risotto.

  2. # In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, gently sautÚ the onions in the oil over medium-low heat until the onions are thoroughly softened but not browned, about 15 minutes. Add the squash and stir well to coat the pieces with the oil. Cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until the squash is soft enough to be broken up with a spoon. If the squash starts to scorch, add a little water or broth. The squash should be very soft, almost a puree.

  3. # When the squash is soft, add the rice and stir to mix well. Add a ladle or two of the simmering broth and stir. As soon as the rice has absorbed the liquid, add more, and continue adding simmering liquid, ladle by ladle stirring constantly. There should always be liquid visible in the pan. Do not add all the liquid at once; this will produce boiled rice or pilaf instead of risotto. The rice is done when it is al dente, with a bit of a bite in the center. Each grain should be well coated with brilliant yellow sauce, which should be dense and rather syrupy looking. When it is done, the risotto should be thick enough to eat with a fork. You might not need to use all the liquid. Total cooking time varies from 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. # When the rice is cooked, remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in about ╝ cup of the cheese and the pepper. Let stand for 5 minutes or so, to settle the flavors, then taste and adjust the seasoning, adding salt as needed. Serve immediately and pass more cheese at the table.

Categories

Rice, Main Dish, Side Dish, Gluten-Free

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 288.1g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
319
Calories from Fat
96
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
10.7g
16%
Saturated Fat
2.9g
14%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
8mg
3%
Sodium
1012mg
42%
Potassium
304mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates
43.4g
14%
Dietary Fiber
2.1g
8%
Sugars
2.1g
Protein
10.8g
Vitamin A 38% Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 13% Iron 8%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Low in sugar
  • High in vitamin A
  •   Bad points
  • High in sodium
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