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Arborio rice-1 handful per person
Butternut-1 fist worth of roughly cut squares
Garlic-3cloves finely chopped
Large handful of sage leaves
Your choice of mushrooms-1 handful
1.5 pounds or 500ml of canned chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 of a bottle of white wine (cheap one!
Parmesan cheese-small handful from a packet or fresh

Cut off a fist sized portion of butternut. remove the peel with a nice cutting down toward the chopping board. Turn butternut onto its side, cut into finger thick slices (these will be round). From each of these slices cut strips and from the strips small cubes of butternut. Roughly cut an onion into cubes the same size as the butternut.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan. rip sage leaves and drop into hot oil, fry till aromatic. Add butternut till it begins to soften then add onion, garlic and mushrooms chopped roughly and fry till it takes on a little brown colour (it begins to caramelise).

Add rice and stir till rice is hot to touch. Add stock until all the rice is covered then bring to a boil and turn heat down until it just bubbles softly. Stir every now and then. When half the stock has been taken up by the rice grains and wine. Once again wait for stock and wine to have been taken up till the rice is half exposed again and add the rest of the stock. Continue to stir and heat on a low heat so that the liquid just bubbles a little (simmers). Add parmesan cheese and stir.
IMPORTANT-the rice grains should be cooked but they should still be gooey because of a small amount of left over stock and wine and the cheese. If the rice is dry add some more stock. Season the dish to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

You could supplement the butternut with zucchini, gorgonzola cheese and walnuts, rocket and beetroot or anything you like.


Taste ★★★★
Price ★★★ (if you include wine)
Ease ★★★


April 14, 2006 - Posted by | Italian


  1. This is such an amazing dish. I really like the how each flavor comes out so well. I can clearly taste the sage, basil, and wine from this. The only problem i have the flavor of squash. Yes, it’s interesting with a cruch but it’s has no huge flavor like the wine, sage, or sage. But still, absolutely amazing. Just an experience in itself when putting this in myself.

    Taste ★★★★
    Price ★★★
    Ease ★★

    Comment by ling ling | April 14, 2006

  2. looks so good, i’m getting hungry just looking at it.

    Comment by christina | May 8, 2006

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