Creamy Squash Risotto — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, October 1st, 2012

Mushroom and Squash Risotto
Now that fall has officially arrived and the temperatures are starting to dip, it is time to dig into the rich, stick-to-your-ribs dishes that we have gone without all summer long. One of those hearty meals is risotto, an Italian-style rice dish featuring any combination of vegetables, herbs, cheeses and more. If you’ve never made from-scratch risotto, know that it takes a bit more TLC than your average weeknight meal, but that the results, the tender-firm rice, smooth sauce and comforting taste, are well worth the extra few minutes of cooking.

Food Network Magazine’s Mushroom and Squash Risotto is packed with in-season butternut squash, a mix of dried and fresh earthy mushrooms and plenty of nutty Parmesan cheese. The secret to this risotto is the mushroom broth, made by steeping mushrooms in hot water and adding to the liquid a bay leaf and fragrant cinnamon. When the rice is slowly cooked in the broth, it creates a thick, starchy sauce that’s deliciously creamy. Before serving, shower the risotto with additional cheese and season to taste.

For a fuss-free version of classic risotto, try Ina’s Easy Parmesan “Risotto.” Instead of cooking the risotto on the stove, she bakes it in an oven-proof skillet with just a few cups of stock. Once the rice is al dente, she stirs in cheese, butter and a splash of white wine to finish the sauce before adding a handful of bright peas. Be sure to use vegetable stock instead of chicken to maintain a vegetarian meal.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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Comments (6)

  1. Carl says:

    Dear Aaron, Don't make the recipe! Take your wacky ideas someplace else and leave the rest us alone!! There are an infinite number of recipes on the web, books, mags, etc.! Move on, Aaron!!

    • cami says:

      Actually, it is good for your health….just not in excess. Dairy has calcium, which your body needs. Eggs have sulfur, and other proteins that promote healthy hair and nail growth. People need those things in their body.

  2. Jen says:

    Meatless dows not equal vegan.

  3. Michael says:

    What is wrong with trying to avoid dairy, etc. you know it's shit for bodies. Let's try to do something really different, not just avoid chunks of meat for a day.

    • Justin says:

      right.. dairy is brutal… And yet, people live into their hundreds by following no specific diet at all.

      I'd rather live 60 years happy, then 200 eating nothing but plants. To each their own.

  4. Katie says:

    I love risotto because it's so tasty and comforting. If you want to try meatless risotto, try this:
    http://katieinthekitchenherethere.blogspot.com/20

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