I love this risotto, it’s one of my favourite ones. Yes it’s a bit of a faff to make and it’s not the sort of thing you can throw together on a busy week night, but it’s perfect for a relaxed saturday evening dinner.
I always start risotto this way, and then add different things to it depending on what I fancy.
For 4 generous portions you need:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for the squash
250g risotto rice
1 litre veggie stock
125ml white wine
1 large butternut squash, peeled and deseeded and cut into 1cm dice
4 sprigs sage
salt and pepper
100g Parmesan, grated
Place the diced squash in a bowl, season and toss in some olive oil. Add 2 sprigs finely chopped sage and tip on to a baking sheet. Roast at 180 degrees for about 45 mins till tender and lightly caramelized.
Meanwhile melt the butter in a pan with the olive oil. Add the onion and cook slowly until golden. Add the garlic and cook for a further 5 mins or so. Add the rice and allow to get really hot. Add the wine and let it bubble off the residue on the pan and soak into the wine. Let it evaporate completely before adding the stock. Add the stock a ladel at a time, stirring well until it’s all absorbed. About 5 mins before the rice is done, add the cooked squash and heat through. Add half the parmesan and mix. Season to taste.
Fry the remaining sage leaves (careful it will SPIT!!!) till crispy. Serve the risotto in bowls, sprinkled with some remaining cheese and topped with a couple of sage leaves.
Sit back and feel like the proverbial Italian mother.