Butternut squash risotto with Meyer lemon

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Butternut squash risotto with Meyer lemon

Butternut squash risotto with Meyer lemon

Gluten-Free Friendly, Soy-Free, Vegetarian

2 Servings, 750 Calories/Serving

35–45 Minutes

Now that it’s early winter, Meyer lemons are coming into season, and we’re taking full advantage. Likely a cross between an ordinary lemon and a mandarin orange, the fragrant citrus originated in China, and got its name when USDA researcher Frank N. Meyer discovered it there in the early 1900s. Here, its gentle acidity balances the richness of the squash and fresh ricotta cheese.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
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  • ½ cup fresh ricotta
  • 1 to 2 shallots
  • Peeled fresh garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ pound peeled chopped butternut squash
  • ¾ cup Arborio rice
  • 1½ ounces shredded Parmesan

Nutrition per serving

Calories 750, Total Fat 33g (42% DV), Sat. Fat 9g (45% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 45mg (15% DV), Sodium 610mg (27% DV), Total Carb. 93g (34% DV), Fiber 10g (36% DV), Protein 24g
Contains: Milk, Tree Nuts


2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use


Prep the risotto ingredients

  • Let the ricotta come to room temperature.
  • Peel and finely chop the shallot.
  • Finely chop enough garlic to measure 1 teaspoon.
  • Strip the thyme leaves from the stems.
  • Strip the parsley leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.
  • Zest and juice the Meyer lemon, keeping the zest and juice separate.
  • Coarsely chop the walnuts.


Start the risotto

In a medium pot over medium heat, warm 1 to 2 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add the squash, shallots, and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash begins to soften and caramelize, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the rice and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute.


Finish the risotto

Add ½ cup wine or water to the rice and cook until the liquid reduces slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in 2½ cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is just tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan and half the lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
While the risotto cooks, prepare the ricotta.


Season the ricotta

In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, parsley, lemon zest, and remaining lemon juice. Mash with a fork until blended.


Transfer the risotto to individual bowls. Garnish with the ricotta and walnuts and serve.