Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

with candied walnuts

Prep & Cook Time: 35-45 min.

Cook Within: 7 days

Difficulty Level: Expert

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Tree Nuts

A note about serious food allergies

You can heat yourself by turning the furnace on and throwing on blankets. You can start a fire (in a fireplace, please) or drink a hot drink. There are lots of ways to heat yourself as the evenings turn cold, but none so delicious as this risotto, which brings a toasty delight to the cold night. Candied walnuts and butternut squash topping creamy richness which makes these nights just that much warmer.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 2 tsp. Mirepoix Base
  • 1 Sage Sprig
  • 8 oz. Butternut Squash, Cubed
  • 1 Shallot
  • ½ oz. Light Brown Sugar
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    1 oz. Walnut Halves
  • ¾ cup Arborio Rice
  • 3 fl. oz. White Cooking Wine
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    1 oz. Butter
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    1 oz. Pecorino Cheese

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 Medium Pots
  • 1 Baking Sheet

Before You Cook

  • Step 1 - Roast the Butternut Squash

    Roast the Butternut Squash

    Place butternut squash on prepared baking sheet and toss with 1 tsp. olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper. Massage oil and seasoning into squash. Spread into a single layer. Roast in hot oven until tender, 26-28 minutes. While squash roasts, prepare ingredients.

  • Step 2 - Prepare Ingredients and Candy Walnuts

    Prepare Ingredients and Candy Walnuts

    Peel and mince shallot. Stem and mince sage.
    Place another medium pot over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. water to hot pot. Stir until sugar is dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Add walnuts. Once water starts bubbling, stir often until syrup forms and walnuts are coated and glazed, 1-2 minutes. Carefully, transfer walnuts to a plate. Spread into a single layer and let cool. Hot nut alert! Walnuts will be very hot. Reserve pot; no need to wipe clean.

  • Step 3 - Start the Risotto

    Start the Risotto

    Return pot used to candy walnuts to medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil, Arborio rice, and shallot and cook until aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Add white wine and stir, scraping bottom of pot, until mostly evaporated, 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup boiling water-mirepoix broth to pot with rice. Rice should just be covered by broth. Stir constantly until nearly all broth is absorbed.

  • Step 4 - Finish the Risotto

    Finish the Risotto

    Add ½ cup boiling water-mirepoix broth and stir constantly until broth is nearly all absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring constantly, 18-20 minutes. Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more "bite" or crunch, it's done. There may be broth left. Remove pot from burner and stir in butter, cheese, and sage (to taste, reserving a pinch for garnish). Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Step 5 - Finish the Dish

    Finish the Dish

    Stir butternut squash into risotto. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing with candied walnuts and reserved sage. Bon appétit!

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