Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage

Rethink rice by adding seasonal fall flavors to risotto! Butternut squash, bacon, maple and sage perfectly complement the creamy texture of Arborio rice and create a unique and flavorful meal!

Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage - made with arborio rice to yield the most flavorful and filling meal! Butternut squash is my favorite fall flavor. Yes, you read that right. While I love pumpkin, butternut squash is like pumpkin’s long lost cousin that doesn’t get enough credit as it deserves. I love the sweet, nutty flavor, and it is a perfect complement to the creamy texture of Arborio rice. The butternut squash thickens the rice to the perfect consistency, and the other ingredients add exceptional flavor. Rethink rice this fall and create a beautiful, flavorful and hearty meal. Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage is the perfect meal. Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage - made with arborio rice to yield the most flavorful and filling meal! If you open my pantry, you will find all varieties of RiceSelect rice. It is a versatile grain that I use in all types of meals. All RiceSelect products are grown, milled, and packaged in the USA and are produced from non-GMO proprietary seed. They also have organic varieties available, are easy to find and are a great quality for the price. Try RiceSelect products by locating your nearest store or buy the product online. In addition to the Arborio rice, RiceSelect produces specialty products, including their signature Texmati® White Rice and blends like Arborio Blend™ with Jalapeño and Arborio Blend™ with Mushrooms. Each variety has its own distinct flavor, aroma and texture, therefore producing endless opportunities to create unique meals. Redefine the way you think about rice. Add butternut squash, bacon, maple and sage, or perhaps your favorite fall flavors to create a culinary adventure away from the ordinary, everyday meal. Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage - made with arborio rice to yield the most flavorful and filling meal! I really love the texture of this risotto. The butternut squash thickens the rice and highlights the creamy texture of the Arborio rice. I could eat this meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner because it is so good! Arborio rice is also naturally gluten-free so this risotto can be enjoyed by everyone. Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage - made with arborio rice to yield the most flavorful and filling meal! Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage - made with arborio rice to yield the most flavorful and filling meal! Are you interested in learning more about how you can rethink rice? Sign up for exclusive access to new RiceSelect recipes and coupons. Visit the RiceSelect site for a chance to win a free Aroma 6-cup rice cooker, and use #RethinkRice #sweeps to show your recipe creation for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Yields about 5 servings

Butternut Squash Risotto with Bacon, Maple and Sage
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 5 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced sage
  • 2 cups RiceSelect Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. (1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. (2) In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with one tablespoon olive oil and salt. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until fork-tender. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, puree in a blender or food processor.
  3. (3) In a medium saucepan set over low heat, simmer the chicken broth.
  4. (4) In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 10 minutes, being careful not to burn. Remove bacon from pan and drain the bacon fat from pan. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pan then add shallots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds then add the nutmeg and sage. Add the rice and the wine and stir with a wooden spoon until the wine is mostly absorbed. Add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth to the rice mixture and stir until absorbed. Repeat with 1/2 cup at a time until the rice is al-dente, stirring well after each addition. You may or may not use all of the broth. Mix in the squash puree, maple syrup and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.
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