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Butternut Squash, Rosemary, And Blue Cheese Risotto


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  • 7 cups low-salt chicken broth or more if needed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups finely-chopped onion
  • 1 butternut squash - (abt 2 lbs) peeled, halved, seeded, diced 1/2" to 3/4" - (abt 3 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary divided
  • 2 cups arborio rice - (abt 13 1/2 oz)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 ounces baby spinach leaves - (4 cups packed)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese - (abt 1 1/2 oz)


Servings 4


Step 1

Bring 7 cups broth to boil in large saucepan. Cover and reduce heat to low.

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add squash and 1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary; sauté 4 minutes to coat with butter. Add rice and stir 2 minutes. Add wine and simmer until evaporated, about 1 minute.

Add 7 cups hot broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until rice is just tender and risotto is creamy and slightly soupy, adding more broth by 1/4 cupfuls as needed to maintain consistency and stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes. Stir in spinach, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer risotto to large bowl. Sprinkle with blue cheese and remaining 1/2 teaspoon rosemary and serve.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Goes Great With: A salad of butter lettuce, radicchio, roasted pears, and toasted walnuts.

What To Drink: Red Burgundy or Pinot Gris.

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