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Shiitake & Butternut Risotto

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.


2 servings

Updated: Apr. 24, 2022
I like to think of this recipe as a labor of love. The risotto takes a bit of extra attention, but once you reach that requisite creaminess, your taste buds will let you know it was worth the effort. —Stephanie Campbell, Elk Grove, California
Shiitake & Butternut Risotto Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup uncooked arborio rice
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine or 1/4 cup additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage


  1. Place squash in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Add 1 teaspoon oil and salt; toss to coat.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until tender, 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat broth and keep warm. In a small skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion and garlic in remaining 1 teaspoon oil until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add rice and pepper; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in wine. Cook and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Add heated broth, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the liquid to absorb between additions. Cook just until risotto is creamy and rice is almost tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Add squash and sage. Serve immediately.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Hearty and earthy cremini mushrooms are a good substitution for shiitakes.
  • If you add the cheese too early, the heat can cause it to "break," when fat separates out of a sauce. This can lead to a greasy and granular dish.
  • Nutrition Facts

    3/4 cup: 282 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 567mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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