Microwave butternut squash risotto

Microwave butternut squash risotto

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

Make this easy risotto in the microwave to feed the family – it's a good source of vitamin C, counts as one of your 5-a-day and it's ready in under 30 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal313
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.04g
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  • 250g risotto rice
    Risotto rice

    Risotto rice

    To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…

  • 700ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • big handful grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), plus extra



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • handful sage leaves, roughly chopped



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…


  1. Tip the rice into a large bowl, then add 500ml of the hot vegetable stock. Cover with cling film and microwave on High for 5 mins. Meanwhile, peel and cut the squash into medium chunks (see tip, below). Stir the rice, then add the squash and the rest of the stock. Re-cover with cling film, then microwave for another 15 mins, stirring halfway, until almost all the stock is absorbed and the rice and squash are tender.

  2. Leave the risotto to sit for 2 mins, then stir in the parmesan and sage. Serve topped with more grated cheese.

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7th Apr, 2008
Make this more special by roasting the squash with thyme for 40 mins before making the risotto, toast some pine nuts and serve them on top- yum!
26th Mar, 2008
Perfect for when you can't be bothered to cook but want something full of flavour. I flash fry some onions and smoked bacon bits, adding them in at the end, giving it an even bigger bite, anyone can do this one..give it a go :)
Frantic Flapjack
7th Mar, 2008
I would like to reiterate the above comment about the burnt fingers :( BE VERY CAREFUL!!! Risotto was great though :)
24th Jan, 2008
this was a great tasting recipe however watch yourself when you take out to stir the cling film ballooned on mine and have really bad burnt fingers now!!!
13th Jan, 2008
This is a great meal for when your in a hurry but still want something filling and nutritious to eat. It may look slightly bland but it tastes fabulous!


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