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Easy baked squash risotto recipe

for the squash

1 medium butternut squash

2-3 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp dried sage

salt and pepper

For the risotto

1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil

2 shallots, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed and finely sliced

1 1/2 cups risotto rice 

(I used short grain brown rice-you may need a little extra stock for brown rice)

1 1/2 quarts vegetable stock

3 TBSP dried sage

salt and pepper

To serve

2 TBSP pine nuts

1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

small handful fresh sage leaves

To roast the butternut squash: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pell the squash, and slice into 1/4 inch thick rounds before removing the seeds and slicing into small, cubed pieces. Spread the squash out acrtoss the baking sheet, drizzle over the olive oil, then scatter over the dried sage, salt and pepper. Place in the oven to roast for 30 minutes.

To make the risotto: Meanwhile, in a large ovenproof cast-iron saucepan (with a lid), heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 5 minutes until they start to soften. Tip in the rice and mix well for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the stock over, cover the pan, and place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, add half the squash, stir, replace the lid and return to the oven along with the remaining butternut squash on the baking sheet. Continue cooking to cook for 8-10 minutes, until the rice is tender. (This may take a little longer with brown rice)

Toward the end of the cooking time, lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet for 3 minutes until golden. Keep them moving so they don't burn. Remove the pine nuts and add the fresh sage leaves moving them until they turn slightly crispy.

Once the squash is roasted and the rice is cooked, remove from the oven and stir the remaining roasted squash pieces through the risotto. Serve with a scattering of toasted pine nuts and the sage leaves, either whole or crumbled.

...Full disclosure: I didn't do the pine nuts and sage leaves. It was too fussy for me. 

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The weather is just beautiful. The days have been sunny and clear with a slight breeze and the evenings and nights are cold enough for snuggling under a blanket. Perfect autumn weather!

Right now I am sitting at the kitchen table drinking coffee. I have the day off! 

Thinking about Christmas. I have a small list going of the gifts I want to give to my family.

On my reading pile...I am reading Life in 5 Senses. I am enjoying it so far.

On my TV...nothing. I am not a big TV watcher.

Something fun to share...I finally made it to the farmer's market to pick up a giant jar of honey!

Blog hopping...

On the menu this week...

roasted tufu with mushrooms and green beans, rice

sweet potato patties, salad

harvest stuffed acorn squash

spinach, mushroom, caramelized onion pizza

on my to do list...

I don't have a lot going on this week. I want to walk the wood a few mornings before work.  My grandson's 7th birthday is this week.

Looking forward to this week...My grandson's birthday party this weekend. 

Looking around the house...I've been keeping up with the cleaning. I was able to really deep clean when I was off work a few weeks ago. It looks very pretty in here. 

From the camera...

On my prayer list...My very good friend's niece was murdered last week. She was 27 years old and had two daughters that were 12 and 6. My prayers go out to that poor sweet girl's families.  

Bible verse, devotional...


The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

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  1. Mmm -- your recipe sounds so good and so does everything on your menu list. Peeling the squash sounds like really hard work -- I've never tried to do that (my knife skills have never been real good and aging hasn't improved them). I do like squash halves roasted in the oven (I can usually manage that one cut ;>)!

  2. omg I'm so sorry to hear of that young woman's murder. that's just awful. and she was such a YOUNG mom. Prayers lifted up for the family.

    THANK you for this recipe. I have this planned for Tuesday!! I will link up this recipe on my page if you don't mind.

    LOVE the cooler evenings and mornings. LOVE your nature photo.

    HAPPY early birthday to your grandson. How is he 7 already???

  3. I first want to say I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's niece, that's terrible. She was so young, and I said a prayer for her family. That honey looks really good. I always love a piece of toast with honey. Sometimes the best days are when we don't have a lot going on. Gives us time to do the little things like cleaning the house, making squash risotto, and taking a picture of that gorgeous leaf. It has all the Fall colors swirling around in it.

    Have a pleasant October week.


  4. I just recently finished dinner...but I'm hungry just the same. The risotto and/or tofu with mushrooms and green beans! YUM!

  5. Yum, the risotto is fall in a bowl. So terrible about your friend's niece. The world is getting more and more evil faster and faster.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about the young lady. That breaks my heart! I will be praying for her family and especially her children! Your recipes sound delicious! Thanks so much for sharing I enjoyed hearing about your week!

  7. Looks like a good cosy, healthy soup


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