Butternut and pea risotto

RISOTTOTHIS recipe from the cookery book Eating for Two by Annael Karmel serves four and is ideal for a “meat-free Monday” dish, especially if you are a purist and use vegetable stock in place of the chicken stock.


250g peeled butternut squash, cubed

3 tablepoons olive oil

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

175g risotto rice

750ml chicken stock

75ml white wine

100g frozen peas

25g Parmesan, grated

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1tablespoon chopped parsley

salt and pepper


Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC. Put the cubed butternut squash onto a baking sheet. Toss in one tablespoon of oil and season. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.

Measure the remaining oil into a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and stir over the heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the rice and coat in the mixture. Put the chicken stock into a saucepan, bring to the boil, then add a ladleful of stock to the rice with the white wine. Stir until absorbed, then continue to add the stock until the rice is cooked.

Add the peas five minutes before the risotto is tender. Add the butternut squash, Parmesan, lemon juice and parsley. Season well. Serve at once.

  • Annabel Karmel’s Eating for Two is published by Random House Struik

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