Squash, Bean and Stilton Risotto

Rich and creamy with a fantastic colour, this combination of textures and flavours results in simple, modern, comfort food!

10 minutes preparation time
40 minutes cooking time
546 Kcal per portion
23.6g fat per portion of which 11.6g is saturated
4 servings
Suitable for vegetarians

Butternut squash 1, weighing about 900g (2lb)
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Butter 50g (2oz)
Onion 1, peeled and diced
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
Arborio (risotto) rice 250g (9oz)
Dry cider 150ml (1⁄4 pint)
Vegetable stock 750ml (11⁄4 pints)
Frozen broad beans 150g (5oz)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Stilton cheese 75g (3oz)
Sage leaves 8, shredded

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6. Cut the squash into about 8 big chunks, removing the seeds. Put the chunks in a roasting tin with 1 tbsp of oil and roast in the oven for 40 minutes, turning the pieces a couple of times during cooking. They should be softened and caramelised on the edges.

2 Meanwhile, heat the rest of the oil with the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and rice and coat well in the butter for a couple of minutes. Pour in the cider, let it sizzle and, when it is almost absorbed, pour in about 200ml (7fl oz) of the stock.

3 Cook over a low heat until the stock is absorbed. Continue to add more stock in batches as it becomes absorbed into the rice. With the last addition of stock, add the broad beans as well.

4 Remove the skin from all but the ‘best-looking’ pieces of squash. Set these aside for the garnish. Mash the flesh from the rest roughly with a fork, in the roasting tin, and add it to the risotto with the saucepan juices. Check for seasoning and, when the rice is just cooked, break small chunks of Stilton over the top. Garnish with shredded sage leaves.

Cook’s tip
Roast butternut squash is great served as an accompaniment to roast meat dishes. Squash can be peeled before cooking, but it’s quicker to do it afterwards. Let it get really brown and sticky for the best flavour.

Recipe taken from the Year Round Dairy Cookbook.

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