Butternut squash risotto with crispy sage and pancetta Recipe

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5 min


25 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 408 kCal 20%
Fat 13g 19%
  -  Saturates 3g 15%

Butternut squash risotto with crispy sage and pancetta couldn’t be simpler to make and at 72p per serving, you can feed a family fab food on a real budget. Creamy squash risotto goes so well with the crispy sage and pancetta, which adds lovely saltiness to this dish. The whole family will love this recipe and it’s so quick and easy to make, ready in just 30 mins.


  • 350g butternut squash pieces
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 350g risotto rice
  • 200ml white wine
  • 1 litre hot chicken stock
  • 12 crispy pancetta slices
  • Small handful sage leaves


  • Heat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Tip the squash and onion onto a baking tray, toss in 2tbsp oil to coat the veg and bake for 20 mins until softened.

  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large, heavy-based pan, then stir in the risotto rice and cook for 1 min until coated. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until it is absorbed.

  • Next, start adding thehot stock a ladleful at a time, stirring frequently, only adding more once the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, about 15 mins.

  • Tip the roasted vegetables into a food processor and whizz to a smooth paste, adding a little milk if needed. Stir this through the rice and season to taste.

  • Divide the risotto between 6 plates and top each with 2 pieces of crisp pancetta and 2 sage leaves to serve.

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