Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

My husband and I are not big on all the hoopla of candy and roses that are often associated with Valentine’s Day. Sure, when we were dating I received roses and candy but honestly, $70.00 or $80.00 for a bouquet of roses and $20.00 for a heart-shaped box of chocolates, (which has about 8 chocolates), is not our thing. We would much rather spend that cash on a nice bottle of wine and ingredients for a delicious dinner at home.

We do like to cook together and usually collaborate to make a nice dinner on Valentine’s Day. We gather our ingredients, open a bottle of wine, put some music on and start peeling, roasting, chopping and sautéing. Before we know it, dinner is made!

Once we decide on a menu, we just delegate tasks and work together until the meal is finished. This year for dinner we (OK, I…lol) decided on something a little different from our usual pasta/meat/potatoes fare.

This year we had an early Valentine’s Day dinner. The meal consisted of Chicken Cordon Blue (which I bought fresh, already stuffed and wrapped.  It was in the meat department of our local Atlantic Superstore®), mixed green vegetables and for the main event, butternut squash risotto with pancetta. I found the recipe on the President’s Choice® website.

For the chicken we just pan seared the meat in butter and olive oil and finished it in the oven. The green veges, we sautéed in butter some fresh green beans, a couple big handfuls of spinach and threw in some frozen peas).  The star of the show was the Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta (recipe below).  It is divinely creamy and the perfect treat. It’s made with tender butternut squash, parmigiano reggiano, pumpkin oil and complemented by crisply cooked pancetta.

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I love this Blue Menu chicken broth. The delicious chicken aroma when you open the container will make your mouth water.

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

This was my first time using PC Black Label 100% Pure Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil.  It is a rich dark brown colour; my pan is dark, but you can see the colour of the oil in the little dish behind the pan. It smells and tastes intensely nutty and has a rich toasted pumpkin flavour.

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Cook pancetta, turning occasionally, until crisp. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Cool, then crumble.

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Add shallots to saucepan and cook until translucent.

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Add squash and rice; cook, stirring until rice is translucent. (I found it took about 5 minutes)

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Add ½ cup (125 mL) hot broth at as time; cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed. Repeat. (In hindsight, I didn’t cut my squash quite small enough, so to be sure the squash was cooked, needed to add about 1/2 cup more broth than suggested.)

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

When fully cooked, stir in Parmigiano, salt and pepper.

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Scatter crispy pancetta over the risotto, saving some for a garnish.

 Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

This was so flavourful, creamy and scrumptious.  I will definitely be making this dish again!

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Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups (750 mL) PC Blue Menu Chicken Broth ( I actually used a little more than this, closer to 4 cups but I think it is because my squash was cut a bit too big)
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) PC BLACK LABEL 100% PURE ROASTED PUMPKIN SEED OIL
  • 4 oz (125 g) thinly sliced pancetta
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped shallots
  • 2 cups (500 mL) diced butternut squash, ½ inch (1 cm) cubes ( Be sure to cut it to this size so it will cook properly)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) arborio rice
  • ½ cup (125 mL) white wine
  • ½ cup (125 mL) finely grated PC BLACK LABEL AGED 36 MONTHS PARMIGIANO REGGIANO
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Reduce heat to low to keep warm.
  2. In wide shallow saucepan, heat 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the oil over medium heat; cook pancetta for 6 to 7 minutes, turning occasionally, or until crisp. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Cool, then crumble.
  3. Add shallots to saucepan; cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until softened.
  4. Add squash and rice; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until rice is translucent.
  5. Stir in white wine; simmer until absorbed, stirring constantly.
  6. Using ladle, add ½ cup (125 mL) hot broth; cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, adding hot stock ½ cup (125 mL) at a time and waiting until liquid is absorbed before adding more stock, for 18 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender with a firm centre and dish is creamy overall.
  7. Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a simmer.
  8. You may not need to use all of the broth.
  9. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmigiano, salt and pepper.
  10. Serve immediately, drizzled with remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil and garnished with pancetta.
Notes
Reprinted, with permission, from PC Recipes
 

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Do you go out or make a special dinner?

Do you usually give or receive candy and flowers?

 

Comments

  1. This just looks so delicious! I often avoid trying meals that aren’t super fast or have only a few steps, but this one looks so good!
    Heather Lynne recently posted…The Ultimate List of 100+ Fun St. Patrick’s Day Ideas!My Profile

  2. I am a big fan of two things here – I love risotto but never know how to make without a boxed product. Also I love the Blue Menu by President’s Choice. In 2014 I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and so I am seeking Low sodium foods. DYK that Blue Menu is low sodium?? I hunt for these all the time now.
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  3. My husband and I don’t really do VDay. Instead I would rather enjoy a nice meal.

    This sounds delicious, I have never tried Butternut Squash yet, this is probably the dish to try it out on :)
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  4. I don’t like flowers, I do like chocolate, but like you, we like having a good bottle of wine and a nice dinner together. This looks scrumptious! We have a butternut squash soup recipe that we like so I’m bookmarking this to try. :) Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Oh my this sounds and looks absolutely delicious! The hubby and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day either. We mostly put the kids to bed early, open up some wine and have take out so we don’t have to cook. This year we enjoyed it by making our own Chinese food and spending it with two other couples and all of our kids. It was great.

    I’m definitely pinning this and adding it to my “To Make” list!

  6. Like you, I vetoed the “hearts and flowers” thing a number of years ago in favor of a good meal and some ‘together’ time. Have never tried this particular recipe but rest assured it will be on my menu soon. During these long winter months the highlight of my day is supper time ( sad, I know!!) and this looks like it would be a hit in this house as well. Like Paula, I try to get the low sodium broth, but be aware, it does affect the taste…
    Cheers!

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