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Baked Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta & Sage
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This Baked Butternut Squash Risotto requires ZERO stirring!  Loaded with tender butternut squash, meaty pancetta and crispy sage leaves, this risotto is easy AND delicious!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: baked, butternut squash, fall, pancetta, risotto, sage, squash
Servings: 6
Calories: 404 kcal
  • 4 ounces Thinly Sliced Pancetta – diced
  • 1 (1 ½ - 2 pound) Butternut Squash – peeled, halved, seeded and medium dice
  • 6 Large Sage Leaves – roughly diced
  • 5 TBS Unsalted Butter - divided
  • 2 Large Shallots – minced (about ½ Cup)
  • 3 Large Cloves Garlic – minced
  • 1 ½ Cups Arborio Rice
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 4 Cups Reduced Sodium Chicken Stock * – warmed on stove or in microwave
  • ½ -¾ Cup Parmesan Cheese – freshly grated (depending on taste)
  • ¾ tsp Salt , or more to taste - divided
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Garnish:
  • Sage Leaves
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add pancetta, cook until crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pancetta to a medium bowl. Add squash to the pancetta drippings in the skillet. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes*. Add the sage leaves and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and transfer the squash and sage to the bowl with the pancetta.
  3. Meanwhile: Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, with a tight fitting lid, over medium – medium/low heat. Add the shallots and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  4. Add the rice and increase the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted and every grain is coated in butter, about 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup of wine and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the Arborio starts to look creamy in texture. Stir in the stock, increase heat to medium-high and bring contents to a rapid simmer (this will take about 2-4 minutes).
  5. Cover pot, transfer to the oven and bake, stirring once halfway through, until the rice is tender and the liquid is almost absorbed, about 25 minutes.
  6. Transfer risotto to the stove top and place over low heat. Gently stir in the butternut squash mixture, remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and ½ cup of the parmesan cheese*. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Transfer risotto to serving bowls, and garnish with additional parmesan cheese if desired. Serve and Enjoy!
  7. Optional Garnish, Crispy Sage Leaves: Heat ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil in a small sauté pan over medium high heat. Add sage leaves and fry, 3-5 seconds, until crispy. Remove with a fork or slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle generously with coarse sea salt. Use as garnish for risotto.
Recipe Notes

*Read this recipe all the way through first, there are two components
*You can substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock
*If the pan seems dry when cooking the squash, add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
*Optional: Stir in a tablespoon of wine to the risotto at the end, with the butternut squash and cheese.
*You can prepare the pancetta and squash mixture a day in advance. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before using.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta & Sage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 467mg20%
Potassium 249mg7%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.