Butternut squash and caramelised onion risotto

Butternut squash and caramelised onion risotto

A comforting risotto served with streaky bacon. Like pasta, risotto should be cooked until al dente, with just a touch of firmness in the centre of the grain.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook35 mins
  • Total time45 mins

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  • 1 small knob of butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 smoked streaky bacon rashers, 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 sprig/s fresh thyme, plus extra to garnish
  • 2 tbsp essential Waitrose Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  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.

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.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,527.14kJ/ 604kcals



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