Rating: 4 stars
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Known in Italian as 'Risotto con Zucca i Fagioli.' Steamed butternut squash folded into a creamy white bean risotto is the perfect flavorful dish for a weeknight or entertaining your favorite guests.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
65 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Season butternut squash cubes with salt and black pepper. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Cover and bring the water to a boil. Add butternut squash, cover, and steam until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes depending on thickness. Transfer squash to a bowl and mash.

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot oil until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir tomato into onions until onions become translucent, 3 to 5 more minutes. Add Arborio rice to onion mixture and stir to coat with oil; cook and stir until rice becomes translucent with a white spots in the middle of each grain, about 2 minutes.

  • Stir white wine into rice mixture; cook and stir until wine is completely absorbed, 2 to 4 minutes; add marjoram, oregano, and basil. Pour chicken broth into rice mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until liquid is absorbed, until rice is creamy but firm to the bite, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir squash into rice mixture until fully incorporated. Remove from heat.

  • Stir hot pepper sauce, white beans, Parmesan cheese, and parsley into risotto until cheese is melted. Season with salt and black pepper.

Tips

Cook's Note:

To cube a butternut squash, cut it in half lengthwise, then into 1-inch sections crosswise. Carefully shave the peel off in small downward cuts around each section, then cube.

Nutrition Facts

437 calories; protein 11.2g; carbohydrates 77.1g; fat 8.6g; cholesterol 7.2mg; sodium 1013.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2012
Fantastic recipe! I followed it as written and it yielded a perfectly cooked and seasoned risotto. I added quite a fair amount of salt and pepper to bring out the flavor. Also the squash and beans add some starchiness to the dish that makes this meal a bit heartier and perhaps more suited to cool weather compared to other risottos. I will make this again! Read More
(8)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2012
Fantastic recipe! I followed it as written and it yielded a perfectly cooked and seasoned risotto. I added quite a fair amount of salt and pepper to bring out the flavor. Also the squash and beans add some starchiness to the dish that makes this meal a bit heartier and perhaps more suited to cool weather compared to other risottos. I will make this again! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2013
Hubby and guests really liked it but I thought it was a tad too bland. Next time I'll probably double the seasonings and up the tomato and parm a bit. Next time I'll also bake the squash then remove skins and mash because its easier than peeling. Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2013
Pretty darn good! I skipped the tomato because I wasn't feeling it and added garlic instead. The only downside was the ingredient listing for the squash...they come in all sizes and I wasn't sure if a large squash would overpower the dish/small squash not provide enough flavor; it'd have been helpful if the squash amount was listed in ounces. My husband and I both quite enjoyed this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/24/2013
Very good risotto. I will definitely make it again. I made a few modifications. I added in 1/2 tsp instead of a full tsp. That was plenty. I think the full amount would have been overwhelming to me. I also didn't add the fresh parsley because I didn't have any on hand so I just used a tbsp of dry and that worked fine (for adding color). My family doesn't like Parmesan so I left that out. It was good without it but I think it was better when I added some on top of my portion! Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2015
Its a lot of work. But it was good. Also it makes a lot of it. I cut it in half and it still made a lot. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2021
We made a vegan version. It was very creany even with the vegan cheese. We enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2013
I followed the cooking directions but subbed a lot of ingredients I needed to use/had on hand: Israeli couscous for rice yellow/zucchini squash cooked lentil beans and left out the tomato. Yummy yummy yummy! Takes some patience and the ability to watch closely (next time I'd try to time it so at least one of my kids is sleeping) but it didn't seem to take as long as previous risotto recipes both my husband and I have tried. Read More