Butternut squash and pancetta risotto

Butternut squash and pancetta risotto

Squash is fantastically good for you but often overlooked. Here’s a simple yet tasty way to eat squash and fill up with a warm and hearty meal.

You’ll need:

1 butternut squash (or any type of squash!) peeled, deseeded and cut into square chunks

1 pack of diced pancetta

A good glug of olive oil

Knob of butter

2 cloves garlic crushed

1 onion, finely diced

2 good handfuls of Arborio risotto rice.

1 litre of good chicken stock

Pine nuts

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oven to 180C and on a baking tray lay out the squash, drizzle with oil and a pinch of salt. Place in the preheated oven.

Fry off the pancetta in a pan with a glug of oil, until it turns golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In another large pan, heat some oil and add the butter before adding the onion and garlic. Cook for two minutes and then add the risotto rice.

Stir to combine the ingredients and after a couple of minutes cover the rice with some of the chicken stock.

Turn down the heat so the stock is simmering and allow the rice to absorb the liquid before adding a drop more. Keep adding the stock, a little at a time and waiting until the rice has absorbed it before adding more.

After 20 minutes remove the squash from the oven.

Once all the stock has been absorbed by the rice, check the rice is cooked (you may need to add additional water), stir in the squash, the pancetta and a good handful of pine nuts. Gently stir for around 2-3 minutes. Season well and serve.


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Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Emma C.
7 December 2016

Emma C.

This sounds delish, and I would recommend adding some herbs such as sage to the risotto too.

Matthew C.
4 December 2016

Matthew C.

I have a thing about butternut squash at the moment and have never done it in risotto, so I am going to try this next week.

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