Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Risotto with Pancetta

I pick up butternut squash from the market almost every week when it’s in season. We just can’t get enough! It does take a few extra minutes to peel and chop up, but it’s definitely worth it – there are so many delicious ways to enjoy it. I recently roasted up some cubed butternut squash and mashed it into a delightful risotto. Apolinaras said it’s the best risotto he’s ever had!

I also added a lovely mix of baby spinach, chard, and kale greens from Trader Joe’s, pancetta, and goat cheese to the risotto, so it was a one pot meal which was really well balanced. This was such a huge hit that we fought over the leftovers!

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Risotto with Pancetta
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1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 4-ounce container pancetta
1 5-ounce package greens (I used a mix of baby spinach, chard, and kale from Trader Joe’s)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 large shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Arborio rice
4 cups low sodium chicken stock
4 ounces goat cheese
1 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 400˚F. Place squash on a large baking sheet and drizzle evenly with olive oil. Bake squash for 22-28 minutes at 400˚F or until tender and mash with a fork in a bowl until smooth (I had 2 cups).

Place pancetta in a nonstick skillet over medium heat and sauté for 5 minutes or until crispy. Add greens to the pan and cover; steam for 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted.

Meanwhile, melt butter over medium-high heat in a large stockpot. Sauté the shallots for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender; add garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add the rice and stir until well-coated and translucent, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and stir in 2 cups of chicken stock and the mashed butternut squash. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the stock has been absorbed; add another cup of stock and continue in this way until all the chicken stock has been absorbed, for about 30 minutes. Stir in the goat cheese and salt and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Stir in cooked pancetta and greens. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition: 456 calories, 14.1g fat, 6.8g fiber, 18.1g protein per serving
Cost: $2.55 per serving

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10 Responses to Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Risotto with Pancetta

  1. I really need to cook with pancetta more often! This risotto sounds fabulous – so many great flavors, and I love that you tossed in some greens for color and nutrition.

  2. It’s a good thing we don’t live in the same state because I’m convinced I somehow would have smelled this out and ransacked your house for the leftovers!

  3. Shannon G says:

    ooh, how fabulous, you certainly packed a lot of goodness in there!!

  4. grace says:

    what a pretty color! you’re becoming my butternut squash guru. :)

  5. Juliana says:

    This looks awesome Kerstin….creamy and full of flavor.
    Have a great week!

  6. Ashley Bee says:

    God I love butternut. AND risotto! I made some that just had the chunks in it, but I love the color of this! I should try the mashing next time :)

  7. Daisy says:

    I would be fighting for leftovers, too. you incorporated some really flavorful ingredients here, looks so good!

  8. Bridget says:

    This sounds delicious! I love risotto and everything you put in that one :)

  9. Alicia Dunable says:

    I made this tonight and we LOVED it! I didn’t have the mixed greens and subbed brussel sprout leaves and it tasted delicious. Thanks so much for your recipe!

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