Brett loves squash. Especially “weird” ones: acorn squash, spaghetti squash and butternut squash. Since these are winter squashes, they’re in season and will be making more appearances on our menu, to his great pleasure.
There’s a small booth at the farmer’s market run by an Anabaptist family that we usually turn to for huge bunches of basil for only $2 and gorgeous, delicious Armenian cucumbers. We picked up a butternut squash from them this week, and I started the hunt for a new recipe to try. I found some arborio rice in the pantry that I needed to use up, so I narrowed my search to Butternut Squash Risotto.
I followed the recipe from Simply Recipes and just made a small change after reading the comments. Instead of sautéing the diced butternut squash at the beginning, I roasted the whole squash ahead of time. Then I diced half and pureed half. I added the diced squash right when I was finishing the onions, and I added the puree at the end with the butter and parmesan. I think this made for great flavor and consistency.
This satisfied Brett’s butternut squash craving. I liked it because it wasn’t overly-sweet or overly-spiced like many butternut squash recipes. And Hannah liked it, too! She called it “Quash Sotto.” Served with some whole wheat sourdough (also from the farmer’s market), it was a really tasty meal.
Dealing with the hard, tough-skinned squash can be the hardest part of a butternut squash recipe. They are renowned for being difficult to deal with. I took some advice I found online and cut the squash in half lengthwise, skin still on, scraped out the seeds and roasted it. After it cooled, I peeled and diced it. Really easy!
If you have a favorite butternut squash recipe, please post in the comments below. I’d love new ideas for this healthy, seasonal ingredient.
Butternut squash is difficult to cut. To make the process easier, pierce the skin in lots of places with a fork. Put the squash a plate in the MW and cook the whole thing on high for 1-2 minutes. Let it stand for 1-2 minutes. This makes cutting it MUCH easier. The process also works for acorn squash.