Baked Butternut Squash Risotto
with mustard greens / pecans
We featured baked risotto in the past and wanted to bring it back with a classic flavoring of sweet butternut squash. We top this version with toasted pecans that add crunch and flavor to the finished dish.
Baked Butternut Squash Risotto:
- Pecan halves - 1/2 cup , toasted and chopped
- Onions, small - 1 , diced
- Butternut squash cubes (look for these in the freezer section) - 2 cups
- Cheese, parmesan - 3 oz , grated
- Mustard greens (sub kale, chard or baby spinach) - 1 cup , stems discarded and leaves chopped
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Italian seasoning - 1/2 tsp
- Rice, Arborio - 1 cup
- Wine, white (sub stock) - 1/2 cup
- Stock, chicken or vegetable - 4 cups
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Pecans - Toast pecan halves in a dry pan or skillet, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 3 minutes. When cool enough to handle, roughly chop. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Onions / Squash (if not using pre-cubed) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Cheese / Mustard greens - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
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- Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
- Heat a Dutch oven with a lid over medium heat. Add cooking oil and then onions to heated oil. Saute until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add Italian seasonings and rice and saute until rice is shiny, 3 to 4 minutes. Add wine and simmer until some of the wine is absorbed, ~2 minutes. Add stock, squash cubes and mustard green leaves. Season with some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Give the risotto a stir and cover with the lid.
- Transfer the covered risotto to the oven. Bake risotto until all of the liquid is absorbed, ~25 minutes. Stir butter into risotto. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
- Serve risotto with parmesan and chopped pecans on top. Enjoy!