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    Butternut Risotto With Goat's Cheese And Spinach

    Delicious and filling, this sweet and creamy squash risotto makes a satisfying autumn supper.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 50 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes 60 minutes 5 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • ½ butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cubed (about 300g peeled weight)
    • 750ml hot vegetable stock
    • 325g carnaroli or other risotto rice
    • ½ x 235g bag Waitrose Spinach for Cooking
    • 120g pack Soignon Goat’s Cheese, sliced thinly
    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


    1. Heat the oil in a deep pan, then add the onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes until slightly softened. Add the squash and continue cooking for a further 4-5 minutes until it starts to colour.
    2. Add two-thirds of the stock, then cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until the squash starts to soften. Stir in the rice and continue to simmer gently for about 20 minutes. When the liquid has been absorbed, add the remaining stock. Stir occasionally until the rice is tender and the liquid is almost absorbed.
    3. Remove from the heat, season to taste then stir in the spinach, cover and allow it to cook in the residual heat. Place the goat's cheese slices over the surface of the risotto. Cover again and leave for a further 1-2 minutes to allow the cheese to melt a little.
    4. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over each portion and season with black pepper. Serve with warmed ciabatta bread.

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    Cook's tips

    To test whether the rice is cooked, take a single grain between your fingertips and press together. If it is completely soft then it is cooked; if there is any hardness in the centre it requires further cooking. Blue cheese, such as Gorgonzola, also works well with this recipe.

    Drinks recommendation

    This sweet and creamy dish will taste wonderful with a light and aromatic dry white.


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