Creamy & Comforting risotto with fall veggies!
This ☕ meal friends! It’s the perfect fall comfort food heaven in a bowl. Now finally it’s starting to cool down a bit here and now all I can think of is comforting bowls of my favorite meals, my favorite throw, that favorite spot on my favorite couch and my laptop! And my coffee too! All favorites ?
The first ever risotto I made was this butternut squash risotto which was amazing but as you can see horribly documented. I mean who leaves only a link to a recipe without giving a proper step by step recipe?! Yes that would be me from 2013. Feels like ages have passed!
But anyways since I love love eating risotto but don’t make it enough, I thought to play around with that recipe and give it some life. So here we are with fresh photos, a fresh recipe made totally from scratch and with my 2 favorite ingredients : Butternut Squash & Kale!
Kale haters, WAIT!! You can replace kale by spinach or green peas or asparagus. Just endless possibilities. So before you think of closing this page down, I suggest you to calm down and read on ?
Yeah Jerry gets sort of annoyed when he is stressed and the best possible reply I give him is RELAX. That drives him nuts!! On a different note as I am myself a very hyper sort of soul, so lately I have been trying to incorporate some yoga in my workout and I am feeling a lot better! Atleast it keeps me calm through half of the day and I work like a normal person but after that as soon as the yoga effect wears off, I am myself – stressed, trying to juggle hundred of things at once and then failing at them miserably at the same time! Every. Single.Day. How do you guys keep your stress levels in check?! I would love to know how do you manage your lives/work effectively?
But in those days, I have this delicious RISOTTO that is the creamiest, best tasting risotto ever! Buttery caramelised squash, finely chopped kale, wine & stock cooked rice, few spices and cheese is what turns this into a delicious comforting meal.And now time for a big glass of wine + this ???
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- 3 cups chopped butternut squash
- 1 cup finely chopped kale
- 1 tbsp oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves,chopped
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- ½ cup arborio rice
- ¾ cup white wine
- 2.5 - 3 cups vegetable stock
- ½ cup shredded Asiago cheese or Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp butter
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tsp thyme
- In a pot, warm up vegetable stock and keep it aside.
- Now in another pan, add butter. To it add butternut squash and add salt & pepper. Cook until its fully cooked and a bit caramelised. Transfer it to a plate.
- Now to the same pot, add olive oil. Once warm, add garlic and onion and saute for few minutes. To it add rice and stir it around for 2-3 minutes. No add wine and cook it by stirring continously until wine is all absorbed. Now add ½ cup vegetable stock at a time and keep stirring. Once the liquid is absorbed, add another ½ cup. I ended up adding almost 2.5 cups of water by the time my rice was al dente.
- Now once you find that rice is al dente that is cooked but still has a little bite to it, add salt, pepper,thyme, butter, cheese and mix.
- Now add squash, kale and stir it around. If it feels too thick, add another ½ cup of water. Cook on low and taste and adjust seasonings.
- **Make sure you keep the gas on medium to medium-low.
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Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel saysOctober 22, 2015 at 7:10 PM
This looks amazing!! I’m all about the fall flavors right now so I love the butternut in there. Yum!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice saysOctober 23, 2015 at 6:20 AM
This risotto is just gorgeous, Ami! This is one of my favorite comfort foods, so I’m loving the addition of squash and kale. Sounds perfect!
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop saysOctober 23, 2015 at 7:04 AM
This sounds amazing! And the colors are beautiful!
Manali @ CookWithManali saysOctober 23, 2015 at 7:56 PM
now that is one comforting fall meal! yum!
Vibha saysOctober 24, 2015 at 11:02 AM
I would love to have a bite of it.
Harriet Emily saysOctober 26, 2015 at 7:11 AM
I love making risotto at home, especially during Autumn, as it’s such a comforting, flavoursome dish to make! This looks amazing Ami! I love the combination of Butternut Squash and Kale. They’re two of my favourite veggies!
Lexi @That Fit Fam saysSeptember 14, 2016 at 1:47 PM
I’ve actualy never had butternut squash, but I just saw this recipe on pinterest and it looks amazing! Now I have to try it!
Bia saysNovember 28, 2016 at 6:08 PM
I made it with kabocha, since there’s no butternut squash where I live. Really good recipe!
naivecookcooks saysNovember 30, 2016 at 12:10 PM
Thank you so much Bia for letting me know that you enjoyed this 🙂 Hope you try other recipes!
Kelli saysNovember 10, 2018 at 9:06 PM
Excellent recipe! It was perfect accompaniment to our date night with mustard herb crusted tenderloin. It will definitely be staple in our dinner routine.
Maddie saysNovember 14, 2018 at 5:43 PM
My friend made this for me last year and shared the recipe. It’s become my go-to fall dish and have made it probably 15 times since. So so good.
riya saysAugust 8, 2019 at 12:41 AM
Thanks for sharing such a healthy recipe 🙂
Clare saysSeptember 23, 2019 at 2:29 PM
So yummy and perfect for fall!
Tara Z saysApril 26, 2020 at 6:37 PM
This was delicious! Used Asiago cheese and swapped sweet potatoes in for the butternut squash because I had a bag in the freezer during quarantine. Felt like a restaurant-quality meal!
naivecookcooks saysMay 8, 2020 at 6:32 AM
o happy to hear this and asiago sounds yum!
Julie T saysOctober 1, 2020 at 1:17 PM
I made this and have to say it was incredible!! Perfect for fall and delicious combo of veggies. I do wish the recipe was more descriptive though (how long to cook squash etc).