Risotto with Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Chilli Recipe

This delicious autumn recipe from Gennaro Contaldo is a quick and easy one pot risotto that can be made with simple store cupboard ingredients and one of the stars of fall vegetables: Butternut squash.  The addition of chilli warms you from the inside out making it a perfect comfort food at this time of year.  Make sure you use rice suitable for risotto like Arborio, Carnaroli or Vialone Nano available from Italian delis and supermarkets.  If you prefer, you can substitute the squash with pumpkin.

Risotto with Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Chilli

Serves 4


80g butter or butter substitute, e.g. Bertolli with Butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
300g butternut squash, cubed
300g risotto rice
50ml white wine
2 rosemary sprigs
1.5 litres vegetable stock, kept hot
60g grated Parmesan + extra for sprinkling


1. On a medium heat, melt half of the Bertolli with Butter in a saucepan.  Add the onion, garlic and chilli and sweat until softened.

2. Stir in the butternut squash and rice, making sure each grain is coated in the butter.

3. Pour in the wine and allow it to evaporate.  Add the rosemary sprigs.

4. Add a ladle of stock, stirring all the time, until the liquid has been absorbed.  Add another ladle of stock and repeat.  Continue doing this for about 15 – 20 minutes until the rice is cooked “al dente.”

5. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining butter (40g) and grated parmesan until nicely melted.

6. Divide between four plates and serve immediately with a little sprinkling of Parmesan if desired.

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