Butternut squash risotto seems like one of those oh-so-fancy menu items but it’s actually easy to make!

With this easy recipe risotto can grace your table any day of the week as a delicious side dish or meatless main dish.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto

We absolutely love this recipe because…

  • risotto is easier to make than you might think
  • roasted butternut squash adds a caramelized sweet flavor perfect for fall (or any time of year)
  • while it does take some time, its easy to make in just a few steps
  • you can add in your favorite veggies, herbs or cheeses to change it up

ingredients to make Butternut Squash Risotto


SQUASH Butternut squash can be switched out for other sweet winter squash like pumpkin, acorn, or even sweet potatoes!

BROTH While I prefer the flavor of chicken broth, vegetable broth will work in this recipe too.

RICE Arborio rice is my favorite rice for risotto. It is a short-grain rice found in most grocery stores and it produces a nice creamy dish. You can use other kinds of rice but it won’t be as creamy.

Butternut Squash in a pot to make Butternut Squash Risotto

How to Make Butternut Squash Risotto

Here’s an overview to show how to make risotto like a boss!

  1. Roast squash in the oven.
  2. Soften onion and brown rice in a saucepan.
  3. Add wine & stir until evaporated, add squash & seasonings (per recipe below.)
  4. Slowly add warmed broth a bit at a time until rice is cooked and the mixture is creamy.

Season with salt & pepper, garnish with parmesan cheese & serve.

adding butternut squash to Butternut Squash Risotto

PRO TIP: If there are leftovers, refrigerate it overnight and form into risotto patties. Saute them in olive oil.

adding cheese to Butternut Squash Risotto

Tips for Success

  • Choose squash that is heavy, uniform in color, and free of blemishes or soft spots.
  • Roasting the squash adds extra flavor.
  • Ensure the broth is warmed before adding to the rice.
  • The trick to perfect risotto is a very slow addition of liquid and stirring after each addition

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Butternut Squash Risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto is savory with a little bit of sweet, perfect for dinner parties or a special occasion!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4
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  • 2 cups butternut squash ½" cubed, about 1 pound
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • ½ cup white wine or extra broth
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage
  • 4 cups chicken broth divided, or as needed
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Place squash on a baking pan cut side up and 55-60 minutes or until tender. Scoop squash out and cut into cubes.
  • Add remaining olive oil and onion to a pan over medium heat. Cook until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in rice and cook until rice starts to lightly brown, about 5 minutes longer.
  • Add wine and cook until evaporated while stirring. Add squash and sage.
  • Warm the broth in the microwave.
  • Add warmed broth ½ cup at a time stirring until evaporated after each addition. This will take about 20-25 minutes, the squash will begin to break up as the rice is stirred. Continue adding broth allowing it to evaporate after each addition until the rice is tender and creamy.
  • Taste and add salt & pepper as needed, garnish with parmesan cheese.


It is important that the broth you add is heated.
To cook the squash faster, peel and cube it into 1" pieces. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Place squash on a baking pan and roast 30 minutes or until tender.
Instead of roasting, butternut squash can be boiled in salted water until tender or steamed.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 341 | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 966mg | Potassium: 523mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7490IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Great recipe, Holly! I roasted the squash cut in half and only used half of it for the recipe. I’ve made your mushroom risotto before and this process was very similar. It’s simple but does require attention so it’s best paired with foods that don’t also require a lot of attention, in my opinion. We had grilled pork chops and steamed green beans with it. I truly appreciate all you and the others at Spend With Pennies do because I use your recipes a lot and we don’t miss dining out during this pandemic because we are enjoying the meals at home so much!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Shannon! I’m so glad you enjoyed this as much as we do, while it takes time I always feel like risotto is a treat!

  2. The recipe says to peel the butternut squash before roasting but the picture shows it cut in half to roast… which is correct? I’ve not worked with butternut squash before but it feels like peeling will be a challenge.

    1. Sorry for the confusion, I tested the recipe both ways (and have updated the recipe). It can either be cut in half and roasted or cubed and roasted. I’ve included directions for both.

      Let us know how it goes!