Risotto is one of those dishes that works on all occasions: I wouldn't hesitate serving it at a dinner party and yet it's perfect as a weekday after work meal. I remember the first time I learn to make it was in Italy - I stood fascinated as Leilo stirred and chopped and added bits and bobs as he went along. Me scribbling notes in my pad so I could replicate it as home. Risotto is nothing to be scared of it just needs your full attention and once you've got the hang of it the amount of ingredient combinations is endless - this is H's favourite so thus it's what we went with last night.
Butternut Squash, Blue Cheese and Pancetta Risotto
Serves 41/2 butternut squash, cut into large cubes
100g Pancetta, diced
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 leaves of fresh sage (OPTIONAL), finely chopped
250g arborio rice
300ml white wine
approx 1.5 pints - 2 pints good quality chicken stock
75g blue cheese - I used St Agur, cut into large chunks
Take the cubes of butter nut squash and roast in a little olive oil for approx 40 - 45 mins. in a dry pan cook of the pancetta, you don't need oil as it will release its own fat as it cooks, when it is nice and crisp, approx 10 mins take out of pan with slotted spoon and drain on some kitchen paper. Cook of the onions and garlic in the remaining pancetta fat. Take a few of the big chunks of the roasted butternut squash and finely dice them before adding to the pan along with the rice. stir together for a few minutes until the rice is translucent. Add the wine and continue to stir until it has absorbed. Start to add the stock a couple of ladelfuls at a time stirring gently as you go - this is not to be rushed. Once each ladelful has absorbed add another and keep doing this until your rice is cooked and you have a creamy consistency - you may need all the stock, you may not. Once you feel it is ready stir in the pancetta. Take the blue cheese and fold it in gently you want to keep nice oozing chunks of cheese throughout the risotto so don't mix it in vigorously. Serve with the remainder of the roasted butternut squash.
I'm linking up this post with Alesha and Mary for Delicious Dish Tuesday
And Supergolden bakes!