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Baked Butternut Squash Risotto

Baked Butternut Squash Risotto

Roasting the butternut squash deepens its flavor and baking the risotto in the oven takes out the hassle of constantly stirring every 5 minutes. Serving this dish with a buttery California Chardonnay makes for a delicious fall meal.

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

½ Pounds of Zucchini

½ Pound of Yellow Squash

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil Plus a Teaspoon

1 Teaspoon Garam masala or Curry Powder

1 Teaspoon Turmeric

½ Tablespoon Maple Syrup

1 Cup Ricotta

1 Teaspoon Lemon Zest

1 Teaspoon Honey for Drizzling

Salt

Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Dice the zucchini and squash into a small dice and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add the Garam masala or curry powder, a tablespoon olive oil, maple syrup and a tsp salt. Give everything a good mix and transfer to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Pop the squash and zucchini in the oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool a bit.
  3. While the squash and zucchini are roasting in the oven, in a small mixing bowl, mix ricotta, lemon zest, salt, and a tsp of olive oil.
  4. When the squash and zucchini has 10 minutes left in the oven, add a ¼ of a baguette sliced in half to a sheet tray and toast it in the oven.
  5. To assemble the toasts, cut the toasted ¼ baguette 4 ways, and smear each mini toast with the ricotta mixture. Top it with a tablespoon of the roasted zucchini and squash and drizzle with honey. Finish with salt and pepper to taste.

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