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Butternut squash and nettle risotto
Butternut squash and nettle risotto
added by ourgoodlifeuk

You could argue this as either and early summer risotto or an autumn one. Nettles are best at this time of year but the butternut squash probably wont be. Feel free to try out different varieties of squash and even try courgettes for a change. (This is a re-working of a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe with what we think are a few improvements)

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Prep time
  • 30mins
Cook Time
  • 15mins
Servings
  • 4
Ingredients
  • 700ml of chicken or vegetable stock.
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 1 large onion, (feel free to use 2 small ones) finely chopped.
  • 2 stick celery, finely chopped.
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed.
  • 10 or so whole nettle leaves.
  • 10 or so whole or broken equivalent nettle leaves.
  • 500g Arborio rice (risotto rice).
  • 200g peeled and diced butternut squash (roughly half of a medium butternut squash).
  • Big knob of butter.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 2-3 further tablespoons of olive oil.
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Directions
1. Soften the onions, celery and garlic in a large pan in the olive oil over a medium heat. 2. Add the butter. 3. Once the butter is melted add the arborio rice and stir until the rice is completely coated in the oil and butter. 4. Add 1/3 of the stock to the rice and stir in. 5. Once this is absorbed add in the butternut squash and stir in. 6. Add another 1/3 of the stock and the broken nettle leaves then stir in. 7. Season the risotto with a pinch of salt (not too much) and several grinds of pepper. 8. before adding the final 1/3 of the stock heat another 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a sperate frying pan on a high heat. 9. Add the final 1/3 of the stock to the rice and stir in. 10. Once the frying pan is up to smoking temperature add the remaining whole nettle leaves and fry until crisp. 11. Dish up the risotto onto plates and the place a few of the nettle leaves on top as decoration. 12. Serve to your eagerly awaiting diners!
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Mmmmm - did this recipe and it was very nice but a bit bland. I don't think the nettles added anything extra really although the crispy nettles on top had a nice texture.

Of course - the squash won;t be up to much at this time of year......

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