I have always wanted to make this version of a risotto, but was afraid that both my children and my husband would not like it. I forged ahead anyway and was very pleased when all three of them pronounced that they enjoyed it. Score one for vegetables! I don’t think my son even realized there were veggies in this dish. He thought it was just a cheesy rice dish and I’ll never tell :-)
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, grated or chopped
- 2 cups Arborio rice
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 (10-ounce) box cooked frozen butternut squash
- Nutmeg, grated, to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 7 or 8 leaves fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
Bring 1 quart stock plus 1 cup water to a simmer in a sauce pot then reduce heat to low.
Heat a medium skillet over medium to medium-high heat with olive oil. When oil ripples, add the onions and garlic and soften 2 to 3 minutes. Add rice and toast 2 to 3 minutes more. Add wine and cook it out completely, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle in stock in intervals, a couple of ladles at a time. Allow liquids to evaporate each time. Risotto will cook 18 minutes, total, from the first addition of liquid. Defrost the squash in your microwave in a dish to collect any liquids and stir in squash the last 3 minutes of cook time, season with nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. In the last minute of cooking time, stir in butter in small pieces, sage leaves and cheese.