Rating: 4.5 stars
32 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 5 star values: 19

This seasonal fall rice dish featuring roasted butternut squash makes a satisfying side dish for roasted turkey, roast beef or ham, but it’s hearty enough to be a main dish, too. You can make it a meatless dish by leaving out the pancetta and using vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.

Sandra Simile
Recipe by Cooking Light October 2010

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Credit: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Recipe Summary

Yield:
8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup risotto, 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese, and 1 tablespoon nuts)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°.

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  • Arrange nuts in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until toasted, stirring twice. Place nuts in a bowl. Drizzle butter over warm nuts; sprinkle with sugar and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Toss well to coat.

  • Combine squash and 1 tablespoon oil, tossing to coat. Arrange squash in a single layer on jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until squash is just tender. Remove from pan; stir in garlic. Set aside.

  • Bring broth and 1/2 cup water to a simmer in a saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.

  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add pancetta to saucepan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add rice; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 1 minute or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add broth mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 20 minutes total). Stir in squash, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Top with cheese and nuts.

Nutrition Facts

259 calories; fat 10.7g; saturated fat 2.7g; mono fat 2.6g; poly fat 3.8g; protein 7.5g; carbohydrates 35.5g; fiber 3.9g; cholesterol 9mg; iron 1.3mg; sodium 397mg; calcium 95mg.
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