As I promised, here is the recipe to the delicious Butternut Squash Risotto that I so awfully adore 🙂
Butternut Squash Risotto:
1 cup cooked and diced butternut squash
1 3/4 cup Arborio rice
3 tbsp butter (or olive oil)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 small onion, diced small
1/2 cup dry white wine (one you would drink)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
6-8 cups warm chicken (or vegetable) broth
In a large pan, melt butter on medium heat. Add diced onion and seasonings, and cook till translucent. Add Arborio rice, reduce to medium low, and stir consistently until rice turns slightly translucent (about 5 –7 minutes). Add dry white wine, turning to medium heat, and stir until most of it is absorbed (2 –3 minutes).
Start to add the chicken broth to the pan at medium low heat (about 1 –2 cups at first, then 1/2 cup to 1 cups after that). Stir regularly. Continue to add chicken broth as the rice starts to absorb it. You won’t use all the chicken broth. This will take about 20 – 30 minutes (this is the labor intensive part of risotto that everyone complains about….don’t listen, this love is necessary to have the deliciousness that awaits you).
Once the rice has absorbed most of the broth and looks like thick soup (or stew), add the butternut squash (and I added a large bunch of fresh spinach too….sooo yummy!), the parmesan cheese, and stir until melted and gooey.
Serve with a little more parmesan cheese and fresh ground black pepper!
Eat and experience true transcendence through food 🙂
Today was a pretty good day, however it ended a with a sad note:
I broke my glass butterfly . . . tear 😦
This glass butterfly has been with me since my trip to Italy in 2008.
He was supposed to be a symbol to enjoy all the fleeting moments in life.
His tag kind of made me giggle out of the onslaught of tears that erupted when the little guy fell from my broken shelf:
“The Butterfly is here, then gone. Its beauty quickly past; So keep each fleeting moment close and make each memory last.”
Truly, this little butterfly’s beauty was fleeting.
RIP Mr. Butterfly, May 2008 – Sept 2010, may the memories of your beauty live on.