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Creamy squash risotto, one of the best comfort foods with arborio rice and soft squash
03/09/2019 10:59:55 PM vindhyadesai

Squash Risotto

Comfort foods such as a creamy risotto is one of my many dreams. I dream about eating a spoonful of risotto and feeling the warmth go down my throat. Am I making you hungry because I know I am by just describing about it. Let’s make it more real, so here I am, back with a recipe for pumpkin or squash risotto.
A creamy risotto is usually made with arborio rice or risotto rice which you can easily get in super markets. It sure sounds fancy and restaurant’sy but trust me it is easy to make it at home. All you need is good ingredients, water and patience. Risotto turns creamy by adding boiling water one ladleful at a time.

My secret to a creamy risotto is butter and milk added at last to finish off into a nice risotto. For this squash risotto, roasting the squash and then adding into the risotto at the end gives a lot of flavour and keeps them together. Try spinach peas risotto, panzanella, aglio olio, mac n cheese, eggless gnocchi etc.

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Creamy squash risotto, one of the best comfort foods with arborio rice and soft squash
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 200 gm diced pumpkin/squash
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp pine nuts/cashew nuts
  • ½ Cup risotto/arborio rice
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic an
  • ¼ Tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¾ Cup milk
  • ½ Tbsp butter
  • ½ Tsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Hard vegetarian cheese to grate on top as required
Method
  1. Roast pine nuts till lightly golden. Keep aside
  2. Dice the squash
  3. Smear little olive oil and season with salt
  4. Roast for 15 minutes at 200 Deg C or till soft
  5. Next heat olive oil
  6. Add chopped garlic and saute
  7. Sprinkle cayenne pepper powder and saute
  8. Next add arborio rice and coat well with the oil
  9. Pour a ladleful of boling water into the rice
  10. Let the rice absorb the water
  11. Further add one more ladleful of water and allow rice to absorb
  12. Repeat till rice grains turn soft. Might require a few ladlefuls, check before adding more
  13. When the rice has cooked, pour milk
  14. Add a blob of butter and let it cook well
  15. Season with black pepper and salt
  16. Tip in the roasted squash and mix well
  17. Garnish with grated vegetarian hard cheese if you like!
Notes
Use fresh cream for a creamier and smoother finish

Whole milk or full fat milk makes it richer and creamier

Add any herb like thyme or basil if you want

Squash Risotto Stepwise:
Roast pine nuts till lightly golden. Keep aside
Dice the squash
Smear little olive oil and season with salt
Roast for 15 minutes at 200 Deg C or till soft
Next heat olive oil
Add chopped garlic and saute
Sprinkle cayenne pepper powder and saute
Next add arborio rice and coat well with the oil
Pour a ladleful of boling water into the rice
Let the rice absorb the water
Further add one more ladleful of water and allow rice to absorb
Repeat till rice grains turn soft. Might require a few ladlefuls, check before adding more
When the rice has cooked, pour milk
Add a blob of butter and let it cook well
Season with black pepper and salt
Tip in the roasted squash and mix well
Garnish with grated vegetarian hard cheese if you like!

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