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    Butternut squash and caramelised onion risotto

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    Butternut squash and caramelised onion risotto

    Like pasta, risotto should be cooked until ‘al dente’, with just a touch of firmness in the centre of the grain.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 35 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes 45 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    Small knob of butter
    1 tsp olive oil
    2 onions, thinly sliced
    8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into strips
    300g Gallo Organic-Bio Arborio Risotto Rice
    350g sliced butternut squash, roughly chopped
    1 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sundried Tomato Paste
    750ml hot Cooks’ Ingredients Chicken Stock
    4 fresh thyme sprigs plus extra to garnish
    2 tbsp finely grated essential Waitrose Parmigiano Reggiano

    Method

    1. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan and cook the onions for 10 minutes until softened and golden brown. Stir in the bacon and rice and cook for 2 minutes.

    2. Add the squash, tomato paste, half of the chicken stock and the thyme. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the stock has been absorbed.

    3. Pour in the remainder of the stock and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring until both the rice and the squash are tender and all the stock has been absorbed. Divide between 4 bowls and scatter with Parmigiano Reggiano, extra thyme and black pepper to serve.

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    Cook’s tip

    Chill any left-over risotto overnight. The following day, form the risotto into balls or patties, roll in beaten egg and breadcrumbs and shallow fry to make delicious arancini rice balls or burgers.

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