Roasted Squash & Tarragon Risotto with Blue Cheese & Walnuts
The combination of sweet roasted butternut squash, tarragon and sharp blue cheese are a great combination in this risotto dish, the crunchy walnuts add a great texture.
Yield (serves): 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup (175 g) Arborio risotto rice
4 ½ cups (1 liter) chicken or vegetable stock
½ cup (50 g) grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon (chopped)
1 small butternut squash
4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1. Peel the butternut squash and remove the seeds and then cut into small cubes
2. Place the butternut squash onto a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°c/350F for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown and tender
4. Meanwhile for the risotto, heat the olive oil in a pan. Place the onions, garlic and a pinch of salt into the pan and cook until the onions are soft and transparent, taking care not to color the onions
5. When the onions are cooked, add the rice and stir until the rice is very hot and the grains are starting to turn translucent. Begin to add the stock little by little, stirring continuously. Cook for 18-20 minutes.
6. Once the rice is soft, stir in the Parmesan cheese and the chopped fresh tarragon. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
7. Place the risotto into the middle of four serving dishes and sprinkle with the crumbled blue cheese, chopped walnuts and fresh rocket/arugula and serve immediately
You can make any flavor of risotto using this recipe by substituting the butternut squash, blue cheese and walnuts for:
Pan fried mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil
Crispy Pancetta and leeks
Cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
Chopped tarragon and mixed seafood
Have a go and with your own flavors and experiment!
Try this classic wine: Rosé style of wine made with the Garnacha grape variety.
Try these new world wines: Rich rosé wines made from the Syrah or Zinfandel grape variety from Chile, USA and Australia, the richness of the grape variety will give balance to the dish.