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Winter Squash Risotto with Radicchio

The natural sweetness of blue hubbard squash offsets the slightly bitter flavor of radicchio. Half-and-half adds to the creaminess of this main-dish risotto, but you can use milk as well. If you can't find blue hubbard, buttercup or butternut squash will work fine.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2000

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1 blue hubbard squash (about 4 pounds)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced radicchio
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice or other short-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard the seeds and membrane. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet; bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until squash is tender. Cool. Peel squash; mash pulp. Set aside 1 cup pulp, reserving remaining pulp for another use.

Bring water and broth to a simmer in a large saucepan. Keep warm over low heat. Place a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot. Add radicchio to Dutch oven; sauté 2 minutes or until wilted. Place radicchio in a bowl. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Melt butter in Dutch oven. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Stir in wine and 1/2 cup broth mixture; cook 3 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 2 cups broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of liquid is absorbed before adding the next (about 15 minutes total). Stir in squash pulp. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 1/4 cups broth mixture (about 9 minutes total). Stir in radicchio mixture and half-and-half. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 333
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Fat: 7.6g
  • Saturated fat: 4.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 10.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 50.5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 889mg
  • Calcium: 238mg
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