Bacon, butternut squash and basil baked risotto Recipe

Bacon, butternut squash and basil baked risotto

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Ingredients

  • 400g (14oz) butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 40g (1½oz) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup torn basil leaves
  • 1 ½ cups arborio (or risotto) rice
  • 4 ½ cups (36floz) vegetable stock
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper unsalted butter, melted, for drizzling

How to make Bacon, butternut squash and basil baked risotto


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/355ºF. Place the butternut squash, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss to coat. Transfer it to a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden and tender. Set aside.

  2. Place the bacon on a dish, between paper towel and microwave for 1 ½ minutes or until crisp. Let it cool, then break it into small pieces using your fingertips. Set aside.

  3. Place the rice and stock in a 22x30cm (8½ x12in) 10-cup (80fl) capacity baking dish* and stir to combine. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes or until most of the stock is absorbed and the rice is al dente. Add the parmesan, salt, pepper, butternut squash, bacon and basil and stir to combine. Drizzle with butter and serve immediately.

  • I used a deep bowl instead – I thought it would be easier to mix the ingredients in it than in a rectangular baking dish
  • alos31
    alos31 says

    That sounds fantasitc

  • nate
    nate says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! tip: don't microwave the bacon (gross), crisp it in a frying pan instead

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