Butternut squash is a staple fall vegetable that is rich in nutrients like vitamin A and fiber. It's also delicious and perfect for using in hearty, warming dishes like risotto. This vegan butternut squash risotto is a creamy, comforting dish that is perfect for chilly evenings. It's easy to make and can be customized to include your favorite herbs and spices.
As a child, I was always a bit hesitant to try new foods. But when my mother introduced me to butternut squash, I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was. Now, I love incorporating it into my cooking and this vegan butternut squash risotto is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced into small cubes
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp vegan butter
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Spread the diced butternut squash on a baking sheet and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
- In a large pot, heat the remaining olive oil and vegan butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for another minute.
- Add the Arborio rice to the pot and stir to coat with the onion mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the white wine and stir until it has been absorbed by the rice.
- Begin adding the vegetable broth to the pot, one ladleful at a time, stirring constantly. Wait for each ladleful to be absorbed before adding the next. This process should take about 20 minutes.
- Once all the broth has been added and absorbed, stir in the roasted butternut squash. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
This vegan butternut squash risotto is perfect for a cozy dinner at home on a chilly evening. Pair it with a simple green salad or roasted vegetables for a well-rounded meal. It's also a great dish to serve at a fall potluck or Thanksgiving gathering.
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