Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Basil Recipe

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Submitted by kymodoke

Makes 6 servings



adapted from Bon Appétit, Dec 2010 In this luxurious risotto, leeks take the place of the chopped onions that are traditionally used in the beloved Italian rice dish.

Recipe Ingredients for Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Basil

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 cups butternut squash, cubed & peeled
4 leeks (white and pale green parts only), cut into 1/2-inch-wide slices
1/2 yellow onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 cups arborio rice
48 ounces vegetable broth
3/4 cup white wine
1 cup chopped fresh basil
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Recipe Directions for Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Basil

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add squash and sauté until beginning to soften and brown around edges, about 5 minutes. Transfer squash to medium bowl.

  2. Reduce heat to medium; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, leeks, and thyme to same pot and stir until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add rice and stir 1 minute. Add 1 cup broth and simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining broth by 1/2 cupfuls, allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding next, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Return squash to pot. Continue to cook until rice is just tender but still very creamy, stirring gently and often, about 10 minutes longer (about 25 minutes total cooking time). Remove from heat. Stir in basil and 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to large bowl and serve with additional Parmesan cheese.

Categories

Rice, Vegetables, Main Dish, Side Dish, Italian, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Simmer, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 503.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
486
Calories from Fat
111
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
12.3g
19%
Saturated Fat
3.6g
18%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Sodium
935mg
39%
Potassium
752mg
21%
Total Carbohydrates
73.1g
24%
Dietary Fiber
5.1g
20%
Sugars
5.8g
Protein
15.7g
Vitamin A 224% Vitamin C 47%
Calcium 25% Iron 24%
* 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
C+
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • High in manganese
  • Very high in vitamin A
  •   Bad points
  • Contains alcohol
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