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Parmesan-Squash Risotto

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 23 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (about 3 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice (short-grain)
  • 2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (12-oz.) package frozen cooked squash, thawed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil

How to Make It

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes. Stir in rice, and microwave at HIGH 2 minutes.

  2. Stir in 2 3/4 cups broth and 1/4 cup wine. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. (Do not vent). Microwave at HIGH 9 minutes. Carefully swirl bowl without uncovering (to incorporate the mixture), and microwave at HIGH 8 minutes. Carefully remove and discard plastic wrap. Stir in cheese and 1/4 cup chicken broth, stirring 30 seconds to 1 minute or until creamy. Add 1/4 cup additional broth, 1 Tbsp. at a time, if necessary, for desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Stir squash and basil into prepared risotto. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Serve immediately.

  4. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Rice Select Risotto Italian-Style Rice, an 1,100-watt microwave oven, and a 2 1/2-liter glass bowl. We found that self-sealing plastic wraps, such as GLAD Press'n Seal, do not work in this application.