Girls Just {Need} to Have Fun: Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash!

Girls really need to have fun. And I’m talking about Moms having fun, too!

So a few weeks ago I invited some of my Mom-friends and their daughters over for dinner.

Little did I know how much fun we’d really have. It was hard to say good-bye to such lovely ladies. And I really mean that.

Our time together was priceless.

One of the recipes I made was Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash, since “butternut squash” seems to be the rage right now and everyone seems to be cooking with it. We’ve always grown butternut squash, and it keeps so well in the wintertime in a cool place, so seeing all the recipes in books, blogs, magazines, has been really exciting for me!

We love butternut!


Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash
Serves 6-8

1 butternut squash, roasted and pureed
(See recipe, How to Roast Butternut Squash)
8 cups chicken stock (or more, depending on consistency that you prefer)
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
3 cups Arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine
2 T. unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper

After you roast the squash, puree and set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the stock to a boil, and then turn to low and maintain a gentle simmer.

In a large heavy pan, heat the oil and add the onion until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add the rice and stir until each grain is well coated with oil and translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the wine and stir until it’s completely absorbed.

Add the stock a ladleful at a time, stirring in between. Keep adding the stock as you stir, reserving 1/2 cup stock to add at the end.

After about 20 minutes, when the rice is tender to the bite, but slightly firm in the center and looks creamy, stir in the squash puree. Cook and stir together another minute or two.

Remove from the heat, stir in the butter and reserved 1/2 cup stock and the pureed butternut squash.

Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and serve at once.

I did not serve at once and it was a little dryer than I had hoped for. Next time I will add the reserved stock right before I serve, or I might even add a bit more stock!

But can tell we had a wonderful time?

The girls did too (legs dangling over the banister) …

… and different girls shared their talents.

Miz Abby played her violin, too, as she’s preparing to play at Carnegie Hall next year with her Siskiyou Violins group (bad mom = I didn’t get a picture of my own daughter!)

And then to top it off, we had this flourless chocolate cake.

When’s the last time you had a “chick” party where you really enjoyed yourself?

(Here’s a Black Bean Lasagna with Mango and Butternut Sauce recipe to try – easy, too!)

10 comments on “Girls Just {Need} to Have Fun: Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash!”

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  2. Sandy,
    It’s been toooo long since I’ve had a night like that! You look like you all had such an amazing time…thanks for sharing it!

    Wow, I can’t imagine how blessed you feel for your daughter having the opportunity to play at
    Carnegie Hall… It’s just wonderful!!!


  3. I had 6 friends over on Sunday afternoon for a ‘catch-up”party. We hadn’t been together since before the holidays and we used this time just to chat and find out what was new with everyone. We had stuffed shells, salad, and olive bread for lunch and for dessert it was a big platter of fresh fruit and a fresh baked pound cake. It was so good to see everyone again!

  4. This looks great! I think I’ll serve it with something easy like grilled chicken. Maybe our Sunday evening meal!

  5. What a great evening! “Chick” nights are so wonderful. The butternut squash risotto sounds divine. Knowing how the guys around here love everything fried, this definitely makes a great meal for a girls night!

    The last chick night I hosted was a cookie swap over the Christmas holidays. Such a cheerful and festive time of year!

  6. My oldest (24) daughter & I are in a book club along with each of our best friends. We’ve been meeting weekly for months. What a great time this is…good for the soul. Laughing & learning together & from each other. We’ve ocassionally shared a dinner together after finishing a book where the dishes somehow tie in to the story. Oh…& Love the dangling feet photo.

  7. That risotto sounds amazing. I’ve only made risotto once and it was yummy. I’d like to try this version, it seems healthier than the one I made (with heavy-cream).

    I also love the idea of a mom/girls time…I just made a list of some moms/daughters I’d like to have over. Now to plan it. How fun!!!!

    Thank you for your continued inspiration (C:

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  9. That is so great! I love mother/daughter activities. The risotto looks divine. I will have to try it soon. Thanks!

  10. Yes, it looks like you ladies had fun! And now I’ve got a great new recipe to try out!
    Also, I agree that it’s important for us girlies to get together and have a blast. There’s just something missing in your life when you don’t have that type of connection~!

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