Farrotto With Butternut Squash Is a Healthy Riff on Risotto

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The delicious, nutritious recipe by Bianca Russano of About the Table packs serious flavor with thyme and white wine.

Farrotto with Butternut Squash

By Bianca Russano, About the Table
Serves 6


4 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups water
½ onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups farro
¾ cup white wine
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup Gruyère cheese, grated
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
¾ cups chopped pecans, toasted

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Preheat oven to 425 F. Coat a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, toss butternut squash with thyme, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Pour onto the sheet and roast, about 25 minutes, until tender. Set aside.

Bring broth and water to boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low to gently simmer.

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pan. Add onion and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, stir, and cook for about 30 seconds. Stir in farro until grains are lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Add wine and cook for 1 minute until it evaporates.

Stir 5 cups of broth mixture into farro, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until almost all liquid has been absorbed and farro is just al dente, about 25 minutes.

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Season pot with 1 teaspoon salt and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Keep stirring until farro becomes creamy, about 5 minutes. Add cheeses and fresh parsley, then gently fold in cooked butternut squash. Sprinkle with nuts and serve.

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