Friday, 25 January 2013

Buon Appetito!

At the beginning of the week I used a large butternut squash to make lots of soup. It has been very warming on these cold days. I kept some back to make Nigel Slater’s Risotto, recently featured on his “Dish of the Day” programme. I modified his recipe slightly.

slatersquash risotto

I thought Nigel’s risotto looked a little anaemic – and I don’t eat Parmesan anyway- so I added a chopped red pepper and a few sliced mushrooms, and a few chopped spring onion tops for a garnish. Bob had Parmesan on his.



  • 400ml/14floz leftover butternut squash soup

  • 200ml/7 fl oz stock

  • 4 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion chopped

  • I red pepper diced

  • 3 mushrooms, sliced

  • 200g/7 oz arborio rice

  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan, spring onion tops for garnish

Preparation method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over a low heat and soften the onion, mushrooms, and peppers. Add the rice to the pan. Cook through for five minutes.

  2. Ladle half the soup and stock into the rice pan, stir and allowing the rice to absorb the liquid. Cook over a low heat for 8 minutes. Stir in remaining liquid, stir and simmer a further 6 minutes till all liquid is absorbed.

  3. Serve sprinkled with grated parmesan and spring onion tops

It was very filling, easy to make, and we both enjoyed it!


  1. Oh Dear - the tiddler just walked in and saw your picture and has now demanded "Risotto for dinner to make me feel better" :-)

    Suppose it is the perfect comfort food!

    1. Listening to weather forecasts for Scotland, I think you need comfort food right now!

  2. I have used a Slimming World butternut-squash-and-chilli recipe several times. Very popular in our house! I love butternut squash§

  3. I’ve nominated you on my blog for a “Liebster” award – an award for blogs I like to visit. There are (aren’t there always?!) particular rules that one is supposed to follow...However, I do appreciate that many bloggers find such things a bit tedious, or not actually what they blog for. So, if it doesn’t float you boat, no worries. Just be happy that I’ve (hopefully) sent others to look at your blog and enjoy it as much as I do. If you do want to join in, then hop over to my blog to find out the “rules”.

    1. Thanks FD - kind of you to award this. I won't answer all those questions if you don't mind - except that last night's dinner was risotto, as explained above!

  4. Mmmmm, I love risotto! Also fascinated by the snail-info above! Who knew they had such a use! Pity one can't use garden snails (or slugs) for such a purpose!


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