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    Butternut squash & red chicory risotto

    When you’ve had a busy day, gently stirring a pot of risotto is a brilliant way to unwind. This autumnal recipe is a hearty life-affirming choice for a midweek supper.

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 50 minutes

    Serves: 6

    Ingredients

    ½ butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm chunks (500g prepared weight)
    2½ tbsp olive oil
    1 onion, finely diced
    2 x 140g packs red chicory, ends trimmed
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    Pinch red chilli flakes, plus extra to serve
    250g Gallo Risotto Carnaroli Rice
    175ml white wine
    1 litre Cooks’ Ingredients Fresh Chicken or Vegetable Stock, heated
    60g finely grated parmigiano reggiano
    ¼ lemon, juice

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C, gas mark 7. Toss the squash with 1 tbsp oil and roast for 20 minutes; set aside. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan. Fry the onion for 5 minutes on a medium heat, until soft. Thinly slice the heads from 1 pack chicory. Add to the pan with the garlic and chilli; fry for 5 minutes and stir often. Stir in the rice; add the wine and stir until absorbed.

    2. Add 2 ladles of hot stock to the pan and stir occasionally until all the liquid is absorbed. Keep adding 2 ladles until almost absorbed each time. Add the roasted squash with the last ladle of stock and stir until almost all the remaining liquid is absorbed. Season, stir in ½ the cheese and take off the heat to rest, covered, for 5 minutes.

    3. Meanwhile, cut the remaining red chicory heads lengthways into quarters. Put the remaining ½ tbsp oil in a separate pan over a high heat and fry the chicory for 2-3 minutes until golden and slightly wilted. Squeeze over the lemon juice. Divide the risotto between plates, topping with the chicory, remaining cheese and extra chilli flakes. 


    Cook’s tip

    Any squash will work well in this risotto. Look out for other varieties including onion and acorn

    •  
      Cook’s tip Any squash will work well in this risotto. Look out for other varieties including onion and acorn.
    •  
      Cook’s tip Any squash will work well in this risotto. Look out for other varieties including onion and acorn.

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