Sweet Brown Rice Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Nothing like a rich-tasting risotto for comfort food! Of course this is no typical risotto because this one will also love you back, so double comfort here!! The sweetness of the butternut squash blends beautifully with the brown rice and the simmering white wine. Then, a touch of gruyère cheese finishes it up to perfection!


1 small butternut squash, peeled and sliced
3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1½ cups organic dry short brown rice
1 cup white wine
3 cups water
½ cup organic non-dairy milk (unsweetened)
⅓ cup grated gruyère or Manchego cheese
½ tsp salt
Lots of fresh ground black pepper
fresh sage (to taste)


Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil in a large shallow pan for a few minutes until soft.
Add the dry rice to the pan and stir with a wood spoon to coat with the olive oil well and continue to cook for a couple minutes.
Add the sliced butternut squash and continue to sauté with the rice for 5 minutes.
Turn down the heat a little and add the wine (it will sizzle—I love that sound!!), water and salt and simmer, covered for 15 minutes.
Stir in the soy milk and continue to simmer uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed (some of it left is good as it will blend with the melted cheese-yum!).
Turn off the heat and add the cheese and ground pepper, stirring gently to blend and sprinkle with a little fresh sage.
This recipe and image originally appeared on Cuisinicity.com.

By Catherine Katz, Ph.D.| November 08, 2016
Categories:  Recipes
Keywords:  Cuisinicity

About the Author

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine Katz, Ph.D.

Catherine is the founder of Cuisinicity- Love the Food That Loves You Back, a website where good food and good health come together in a way that is feasible for today’s busy families, as it has been for hers (Catherine and her husband, Nutrition expert Dr David L. Katz, have 5 children!). Catherine’s recipes have been widely featured in national media, including ABC News, O Magazine, Eating Well, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s World, Fitness, Shape, and many others. She is the co-creator of the Nutrition Detectives™ food label literacy program, now in use by thousands of schools all over the world and has collaborated in the production of other health promotion programming, including the Unjunk Yourself® music video program.


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