Baked butternut squash risotto


Serves 4

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp dried thyme
280g Arborio rice
Coarse salt and ground pepper
120ml dry white wine
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped
950ml vegetable stock
1 bunch curly kale, stems removed, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick strips

To serve:
Parmesan, grated

  1. Preheat oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/gas mark 6. Heat the oil over a medium-high heat in an ovenproof pot with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Add the shallots and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for one minute.
  3. Add the rice and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until opaque. Season with salt and pepper and add the wine. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until the wine is completely absorbed.
  4. Add the squash and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the kale.
  5. Cover the pot and place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the rice and squash are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  6. Divide between serving bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan.


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