Butternut Squash Risotto

This butternut squash risotto is perfect for a fall date night! Made with just 10 ingredients, it's creamy, comforting, and filled with cozy autumn flavor.

Butternut squash risotto

I love making this butternut squash risotto as much as I love eating it. Honestly! I know that risotto is famously tedious to prepare – add a little broth, stir, add a little broth, stir some more. But on a crisp, cool fall night, I welcome the chance to stand over the warm stove and watch it come together. I think it’s mesmerizing to see the raw squash and uncooked rice transform into a rich, creamy risotto. The fact that it smells amazing doesn’t hurt either.

And when you sit down to eat, all that stirring really pays off. This butternut squash risotto has a delicious creamy texture and a tangy, sweet autumnal flavor from the squash, fresh rosemary, and white wine. Jack and I can attest that it’s a perfect dinner for a fall date night. I also think it would be a great vegetarian main course for Thanksgiving…though I hope you don’t wait that long to try it.

Butternut squash risotto recipe ingredients

Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this butternut squash risotto recipe:

  • Butternut squash, of course! Make sure to cut it into little 1/4-inch cubes so that it can cook through in the time it takes to make the risotto. If you have leftover squash, save it to make this pasta or this soup!
  • Arborio rice – This Italian short-grain white rice gives the risotto a wonderful creamy texture.
  • Garlic and onion – For savory depth of flavor.
  • White wine – It adds rich, tangy flavor.
  • Fresh sage or rosemary – Either works! Both of these herbs add cozy, woodsy autumn flavor to the risotto.
  • Vegetable broth – Use store-bought, or make your own.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Diced squash and arborio rice in Dutch oven with wooden spoon

How to Make Butternut Squash Risotto

This butternut squash risotto takes a little time to prepare, but the process is simple. Here’s how it goes:

First, sauté the veggies. Cook the onion for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Then, add the squash and cook for another 6-8 minutes, until it starts to soften.

Next, toast the rice. Stir it into the pot along with the garlic and rosemary or sage. Let it cook for 1 minute before you add the wine and cook, stirring, for another 1-3 minutes, until the wine cooks down.

Risotto in Dutch oven with wooden spoon

Then, start adding the broth. Pour in 3/4 cup at a time and cook, stirring constantly, until the rice absorbs each addition. After you add the final 3/4 cup of broth, cook until the squash is tender and the risotto is soft and creamy.

Season to taste and serve. That’s it!

Two plates of butternut squash risotto with sage

Butternut Squash Risotto Serving Suggestions

This risotto will thicken as it sits, so it’s best hot from the stove. Garnish it with fresh parsley, small sage leaves, and freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese. (If you’re vegan, don’t worry! The risotto is great without the cheese too.)

Round out the meal with homemade focaccia or crusty bread and a vegetable side dish. I like to pair this butternut squash risotto with a simple salad, like my Pear Salad or Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, or roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, or broccoli. Don’t forget the apple crumble for dessert!

If you have leftover risotto, it will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. It will be thick on days 2 and 3, so I recommend reheating it on the stove with a splash of water or stock to loosen it up. Season to taste, and enjoy!

Butternut squash risotto recipe

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If you love this butternut squash risotto, try one of these winter squash recipes next:

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Butternut Squash Risotto

rate this recipe:
4.97 from 97 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves 4
This butternut squash risotto is creamy, comforting, and delicious! Filled with cozy autumn flavor, it's a perfect recipe for a fall dinner party or date night.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash, ¼-inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary or sage
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups warmed vegetable broth
  • Chopped parsley or small sage leaves, optional, for garnish
  • ½ cup grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese, optional, for serving

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, salt and several grinds of pepper, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the butternut squash and cook for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, rosemary, and the rice. Stir and let cook for about 1 minute then add the wine. Stir and cook for 1 to 3 minutes, or until the wine cooks down.
  • Add the broth, ¾ cup at a time, and stir continuously to allow each addition of broth to be absorbed before adding the next. Cook until the butternut squash is tender, and the risotto is soft and creamy. Season to taste.
  • Garnish with parsley or sage leaves and serve with grated cheese, if desired.

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  1. Anna
    12.03.2023

    Thank you for a wonderful and simple recipe. Made it for Thanksgiving dinner with extended family. It was a hit! (And this was the 1st time ever making risotto!)

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.05.2023

      Hi Anna, I’m so glad you and your family loved the risotto!

  2. Lauryn
    12.02.2023

    Delicious!! Requires a lot of seasoning! Think you added enough? MORE!!!
    I usually use low sodium broths, so this took some work to get the flavor right

    • chelsie
      01.09.2024

      5 stars
      How many low sodium stocks did you use and how much herbs wise ? X

  3. Carly
    11.19.2023

    Hi! Which white wine do you use for this recipe?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.23.2023

      Any dry white wine like a Pinot Grigio.

  4. Jess
    11.19.2023

    Hi ! Have you ever tried this recipe with acorn squash. Flavour wise less sweet but just wondering about texture? 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.23.2023

      Hi Jess, I think it would be great here.

  5. Audrey
    11.06.2023

    5 stars
    Absolutely perfect as-is, I was blown away!
    I was worried it might be too sweet with the amount of squash, but it turned out to be perfectly sumptuous and savory. Used shallot instead of onion, and it was a great substitution. Thank you for a fantastic recipe!

  6. Linda
    11.03.2023

    5 stars
    Where are the nutrition facts?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.06.2023

      I’m sorry, we don’t post nutrition facts.

  7. Brittney Blair
    10.30.2023

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Skipped the white wine, and just used broth.
    My 7 month old who is starting solids, also couldn’t get enough of this creamy dish;) Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.31.2023

      Aww, I’m so glad your son loved it, that’s sweet to hear 🙂

  8. cece
    10.01.2023

    do i have to cook the rice first?

    • Lauren
      10.08.2023

      No, this is how you cook the rice with risotto. It’s a rather different approach but is how it gets its unique texture and flavouring.

  9. Kayla
    09.08.2023

    Could I use beef stock instead of veggie?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.11.2023

      You can – you might need to adjust the salt to taste depending on the saltiness of your broth.

  10. Sage
    03.16.2023

    5 stars
    It was sooooo good! I added roasted broccoli and mushrooms because of personal preferences. I would definitely make this again and recommend other people to do the same!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      03.16.2023

      Hi Sage, I’m so glad you loved the risotto!

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