Butternut Squash Risotto

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Most people love Thanksgiving because of the food, but I actually don’t like any of the typical Thanksgiving foods.  I do love coming home and seeing my family though 🙂  In the spirit of Thanksgiving I did try mashed potatoes and stuffing….but I’m still not a fan!

I did try a new recipe this Thanksgiving and I am really excited to share it with you!  I made “Butternut Squash Risotto,” so that I would have something to eat on Thanksgiving.  I hope that you enjoy the recipe and please let me know what you think!

Risotto 2

3 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup white wine
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 small onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons Romano cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 butternut squash


1.  Chop up onion, sauté with garlic in olive oil and butter.
2.  Mix chicken broth, rice, wine, salt, and pepper into a small crock pot.
3.  Add onion and garlic mixture into crock pot.  Thoroughly mix all ingredients together.
4.  Cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
5.  While the rest of the ingredients are cooking in the crock pot, prepare the squash.
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
-Cut squash into small cubes.
-Mix together squash, olive oil, Romano cheese, salt, and pepper.
-Roast on a stone baking pan for about 30 minutes.  Set aside until time to add to crock pot.
6.  After 2 to 2 1/2 hours, add Parmesan cheese and butternut squash, and cook for 20 more minutes.

Risotto label

This recipe is really high in sodium, probably due to the kind of chicken broth that I used.  When I make this again I will probably use a reduced sodium one.

We also had Brussels sprouts that we actually grew in our garden, which is kind of crazy because we live in the city and have a really small yard.  I made Brussels sprouts last year for Thanksgiving and we decided to make them again this year because they were so good!  Here are some pictures from our harvesting experience:

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Aren’t they huge!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all had a lovely day!


(Nutrition label made on SparkPeople.com)

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy says:

    Your risotto looks delicious! Thank you for sharing it.

  2. sbonney001 says:

    I have been trying risotto in the crockpot recently. Next time you are around one I recommend this. It uses farro too, a grain I am really glad I tried. I believe this would turn out great without the chicken. It uses a Parmesan rind for flavor.


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