Baked Butternut Squash Risotto with Pine Nuts
Butternut Squash Risotto that is BAKED (no babysitting!) to creamy perfection in just 20 minutes! This Butternut Squash Risotto recipe with Toasted Pine Nuts and Pepper Jack Cheese is easy to prepare, wonderfully smooth and creamy, super flavorful and is absolutely fool proof!  It makes the most amazing Thanksgiving or holiday side but is easy enough for every day!
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 15minutes
    Cook Time
    25minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 15minutes
    Cook Time
    25minutes
    No Babysitting, easy, creamy BAKED Butternut Squash Risotto! This simple to prepare risotto is wonderfully smooth and creamy, seasoned to perfection and is absolutely fool proof! It makes the most amazing Thanksgiving or holiday side but is easy enough for every day!
    Ingredients
    BAKED RISOTTO
    • 2tablespoons butter
    • 1tablespoon olive oil
    • 8oz cremini mushrooms diced
    • 2 shallotsminced
    • 2cloves garlicminced
    • 1 1/2cups Arborio rice
    • 5cups warmed chicken stockdivided
    • 4cups butternut squash(1/2-1” pieces), peeled and chopped
    • 1teaspoon chicken bouillon
    • 1teaspoons salt
    • 1/2teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2cup Parmesan cheesefreshly grated
    • 1/2cup Pepper Jack cheesefreshly grated
    • 1/4cup heavy cream(optional)
    • 1cup petite frozen peasthawed
    Garnish
    • 1/4cup pine nuts
    • Parmesan cheesefreshly grated
    • fresh parsley
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Melt butter in olive oil over medium heat in a Dutch oven (or large oven proof heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid). Turn heat to medium high and add mushrooms and shallots. Saute for 5 minutes. Add rice and garlic and continue to cook for 3 minutes while stirring.
    2. Add 4 1/2 cups warm chicken stock, squash, chicken bouillon, salt, oregano, pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil, cover, and transfer to oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.
    3. While rice is cooking, toast pine nuts. Add pine nuts to a dry skillet and heat over medium heat. Toast until golden, watching closely so they don’t burn. Transfer to a bowl so they don’t continue to cook.
    4. When rice is tender, remove from oven and stir in remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock, heavy cream and cheeses. Stir vigorously to break down the squash until smooth. Stir in peas and heat through.
    5. Garnish with pine nuts, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste if desired.