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Martha Stewart Living Butternut Squash Risotto


6 Servings
SourcePam Cole, Lane Road Library (2007)
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time50 minutes
Total time1 hour, 20 minutes


5 c
chicken broth (or 6 cups)
1 lb
butternut squash, peeled and cut into ¾ inch dice
2 t
olive oil
1⁄4 lb
pancetta, cut into ½ inch dice
medium onion, finely chopped
clove garlic, minced
1 1⁄2 c
Arborio rice
1⁄2 c
dry white wine
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
2 T
fresh tarragon or flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 T
roasted pumpkin seeds (optional)


In a saucepan, combine stock and squash; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and let simmer.

Meanwhile, warm the oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add the pancetta; cook, stirring, until the fat is rendered and the pancetta is crisp (about 10 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, set the pancetta on a paper towel to drain; set aside.

Add the onions and garlic to the rendered fat; cook, stirring, until translucent, 8 minutes. Add the rice, raise heat to high, and continue stirring until the edges of the rice are translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the wine; cook and stir until the wine is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium high; season with salt and pepper. Add about 1 cup of the hot stock and squash. Cook, stirring, until nearly all the stock is absorbed. Continue adding stock and squash, about 3/4 cup at a time. Cook and stir, allowing each addition to be nearly absorbed before adding the next, until rice is creamy but a little firm in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in the tarragon and reserved pancetta; garnish with the pumpkin seeds, if using.