Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Butternut Squash Risotto with Shrimp

Inspiration:
Bon Appetit


Ingredients:
  • 3 ounces pancetta (Italian bacon), chopped
  • 1 pound large uncooked deveined peeled shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 cup short-grain rice (such as arborio or carnaroli)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, heated in microwave
  • 1 1-pound package peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream


  • Instructions:
    1. Sauté pancetta in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat until fat renders and pancetta is browned and almost crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer to medium bowl.
    2. Sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper; add to saucepan. Sauté until browned and just opaque in center, about 3 minutes. Add to bowl with pancetta.
    3. Add oil to same saucepan, then onion and garlic; cook until onion is translucent, stirring often, about 5 minutes.
    4. Add rice; stir 1 minute. Add hot broth; increase heat and bring to boil. Add squash and sage; reduce heat to medium and simmer until rice is tender but still firm to bite and mixture is creamy, stirring often, about 15 minutes.
    5. Stir in cream, shrimp, and pancetta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to large shallow bowl.

    Notes:
    I know this is a fairly common combination as I've ordered it in a few different restaurants. Does anyone have a similar recipe that you love?
    No matter which method I try, I don't think that there is a shortcut to making risotto. In my experience, cooking it the long way results in the best texture and consistency.


    Liz's Rating: 8/10

    7 comments:

    HaveShoesWillTravel said...

    I've never made risotto but this looks really good.

    Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

    This looks great! :)

    Kelly said...

    There's a butternut squash recipe we LOVE in a cookbook from Mustard's Grill (Napa). I will try to type it out and send it to you soon.

    Tosa

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    Such an appealing recipe... It really looks good.

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