Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Basil

Has anyone else read the December issue of Bon Appetit yet? It's actually a bomb issue. And by bomb, I mean that you want to eat every picture you look at and cook every recipe. Well, at least that's what I thought when I saw it arrive in my mailbox. Doesn't this just scream winter, cold weather and comfort?

Remember to be patient with our good friend Risotto. You don't want it underdone or overdone and gummy. So just add a little stock, stir and repeat. It's a labor of love and so worth it. Race you to the stove!

Risotto with Butternut Squash, Leeks, and Basil

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups 1/2-inch cubes peeled butternut squash (from 2 1/4 pounds squash)
  • 3 cups 1/2-inch-wide slices leeks (white and pale green parts only)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 4 14-ounce cans (or more) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus additional (for serving)


  • 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.
  • 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.


1 comment:

Megan said...

I actually made this too but have been a huge slacker about posting about it!