roasted squash risotto

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this is a warming, satisfying dish and unlike typical risotto is dairy free. squash has a beautiful sweet caramelised favour when roasted. This dish requires a little time and effort, in the form of stirring but it is well worth it!

makes 4 servings

  • 800g of squash (peeled & deseeded)
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled and roughly diced)
  • 1 tsp sage
  • sea sat & black pepper
  • 1 litre of hot vegetable stock (I like bouillon)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 1 leek (white & light green parts finely diced)
  • 1 cup of arborio rice (150g)
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar / freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups of baby green leaves

make and do

  • - preheat the oven to 220C
  • - cut the squash into slices and place on the tray with the sage, garlic and toss together. season with salt and pepper
  • - cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes
  • - meanwhile prepare the stock and keep warm in a small pot to the side
  • - heat the oil on a large frying pan on a high heat
  • - add the onion and leek and fry on medium heat for five minutes
  • - remove from the heat momentarily to add the rice to the onion and leeks. stir through until rice is coated with leeks and onion
  • - return to the heat and turn it to high
  • - add the apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) and a ladle of the stock
  • - stir and cook until the stock is evaporated and spoon in another ladle of the juice
  • - repeat this process of adding the stock and stirring frequently until all the stock is absorbed (this takes about 20 minutes)
  • - remove the squash and garlic from the oven
  • - roughly dice the squash and add to pan with the garlic and a handful of baby greens. stir through gently to combine
  • - serve immediatelychilled

with a twist

  • - experiment with different types of squash or pumpkin, it not just for halloween you know! I have used delicata squash in this picture; it’s a beautiful golden colour
  • - add parmesan when stirring in the squash at final step or nutritional yeast if you don’t take dairy