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Celebrating Autumn – Butternut Squash and Vanilla Risotto

butternut squash risotto

I love butternut squash and I look for ways to incorporate them in my food preparation.  When I came across the risotto recipe in Giada’s book, Giada’s Kitchen, I was intrigued by the addition of vanilla bean and really wanted to try it.   I added the recipe to my recent shopping list and thought it’s the perfect autumn dish to make for my family.

Since risotto is one of those dishes that needs time and patience to prepare, I saved the dish for Sunday lunch.  I was out of vegetable stock, so instead I decided to make my own.  It was quite simple, but a little time consuming.  However, I don’t think homemade vegetable stock is going to make or break this dish… store bought will be fine as well.

Finally after hours of waiting for my vegetable stock to simmer, I was ready to start preparing the risotto.  I followed the recipe pretty close, but realized that I needed more broth than what was called out on the recipe.  I think it all depends on the size of the squash and how much water it takes up… and after stirring and simmering the rice in broth for  many repeated cycles, I was ready to serve the risotto to my family.  The kids and I enjoyed having our risotto. .. My husband thought it was a good side dish… sadly he’s not much of a vegetarian.

I personally loved how comforting the flavors were.  I enjoyed the hint of vanilla bean … it did not overpower the dish at all… and the butternut squash just made everything better.  I felt like I was celebrating Autumn!

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  • http://twitter.com/eatgreeknet eatGREEK

    it must be delicious dish :D

  • http://janiscooking.wordpress.com/ January

    this is the first time i’ve seen a risotto recipe that uses butternut squash and vanilla bean but from the looks of it, i can tell that this tastes delicious!

  • Eileen

    Sounds yummy. I love squash – butternuts are a nice variety.

  • http://www.lookytasty.com Cindy Waffles

    Looks delicious! You made your own stock too! Love butternut squash too.

  • Becky

    You were very industrious to make your own vegetable stock, but it looks worth it. I love butternut squash, especially roasted.

  • http://kitchenmeditation.blogspot.com Roxan

    I totally feel you on the husband not really caring for a vegetarian dish. Mine will eat it… but I know it doesn’t really satisfy him so I always need to make some sort of protein on the side. This risotto looks great!

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa

    The additon of vanilla bean is great in here. Incorporating sweet and savory flavors together where it might not be expected is usually always a nice surpise. I love risotto and everything that this one has going on is making me hungry!

  • http://twitter.com/FightFatFoodie Scott Koeneman

    This looks delicious and healthy, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.orangeblossomwater.net/ Dimah

    This sounds fantastic!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment!

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Loved that you took the time to make the vegetable stock…It makes the risotto taste even better. I saw this recipe and was on my list of recipes to try, I think adding vanilla was a bold idea. I have done tomato sauce with vanilla and it tasted amazing. So vanilla on risottos will probably be as good. You could add some shrimp to your risotto, that way your hubby would have something meaty too.

  • http://livlifetoo.blogspot.com Torviewtoronto

    lovely presentation

  • kateiscooking

    Looks like a wonderful combination. Giada’s recipes always turn out so well!!! Kate@kateiscooking

  • RavieNomNoms

    This just really looks like a great combination! It is so pretty too!

  • http://www.blackbookkitchendiaries.wordpress.com Blackbookkitchendiaries

    this dish looks so gorgeous:) it’s making me very hungry right now. thank you for sharing.

  • http://ieatoats.wordpress.com/ Gree

    Wow, that was a lot of work! I do think making your own stock is always worth it but it is time consuming, I love the vanilla bean!

  • http://jennynoowyn.wordpress.com/ Jenny

    this is what i love about autumn… all the yummy pumpkin recipes! :)

  • http://www.oilandbutter.com Rich

    I also am intrigued by the addition of the vanilla bean – and to echo some of the previous commenters, yes, that does look outstanding!

  • http://cajunchefryan.rymocs.com/blog2/ Cajun Chef Ryan

    Now that is one very appetizing risotto you have here, the squash looks like they would melt in every bite.

  • http://sweetandsavorytooth.com Heather I.

    What in interesting combo with the vanilla bean, but I can imagine it being just delicious!

  • Silvia

    what a wholesome meal, filled with all those delicious vegetables! and so perfect for the season~

  • http://bistrogerard.wordpress.com Anca@Bistro Gerard

    The risotto looks fantastic and the addition of vanilla bean definitely sounds intriguing. I can imagine it enhanced the squash flavour very well. Thank you for sharing another interesting recipe, Adelina, I always find your blog very inspiring. I have a blog award that I would like to pass on to you, to show that yours is one of my favourite blogs :-) You can find the details on Bistro Gerard if you have a moment to visit

  • http://orangeblossomwater.net Dimah

    I have an award for you. Please check out my blog :)

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    I love butternut squash risotto! This looks great :)

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Love that idea Anna! I should try it next time.

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks everyone for your generous comments! I am happy you enjoyed my attempt of “autumn” risotto post.

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