Baked Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash and Dried Cranberries

DSC_0118This is a delicious recipe for creamy risotto studded with delicious roasted butternut squash and sweet dried cranberries. Roasting squash is simple; just cube, toss with olive oil, spread evenly on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper and cook until it’s reached your desired consistency.  Roasting sweetens the squash’s flavor, making it perfect to eat on its own or to pair with risotto.  Baking the risotto in the oven is a nice shortcut so you don’t have to stir and stir the risotto on the stove top to get the perfect consistency.  This a dinner that will make your house smell wonderful and will satisfy your family on a wintry night.

What to buy:

  • 1 butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon e olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries

What to do:

  • preheat the oven to 400 degrees and roast squash on a single baking sheet on top rack of the oven (risotto cooks on the bottom rack)
  • heat olive oil in an oven safe saucepan or pot oven over medium heat
  • add onion and cook, stirring, until it is soft, about 5 minutes
  • add rice and stir to coat with the oil
  • stir in the wine and cook until the wine has evaporated, about a 1 minute
  • stir in 2 cups of chicken broth, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil
  • cover and transfer to the oven, bake on the bottom rack during the last 20 minutes of roasting time for the vegetables
  • after 20 minutes, check the risotto, remove from oven if most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice just cooked
  • after you take it out from the oven, stir in 1/2 cup chicken broth, butter and cheese
  • once the squash has reached desired done-ness in the oven stir them into the cooked risotto
  • stir in cranberries and top with extra cheese if desired

DSC_0075 DSC_0087 DSC_0099 DSC_0108This post was sponsored by Health Perch but all opinions are my own.  Try these simple flavor combinations to make the most of my favorite winter squash, the delicious butternut.

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