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Roasted butternut squash risotto with crispy pancetta, pine nuts & thyme

April 12, 2019


This is an easy but delicious risotto dish that the entire family will enjoy - it's even toddler approved! It's also great re-heated the next day.


2 cups Arborio rice
5 cups chicken stock
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ cup roasted pine nuts
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp unsalted butter
6 slices pancetta

Salt and pepper to taste

Dice squash into small cubes and roast on a cookie sheet in oven at 425ºF until tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes. 

Sauté onions in saucepan with rice until golden. Add chicken stock and simmer until stock is absorbed. Stir frequently. 

Roast pine nuts until golden brown and bake pancetta until crispy. 

Fold butternut squash into risotto. Add Parmesan and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Finish with pat of butter. 

Garnish with crispy pancetta and pine nuts. 

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