Butternut Squash and Sausage Risotto; foggy mornings

Our beautiful summer-like days are at an end I think.We’re having wet, foggy mornings with the sky not clearing until mid-afternoon.

I’ve decided I’m going to learn from the Norwegians on how to love winter. I do still have relatives in Norway, after all…. Time to embrace my heritage.

What better way to start than with a thick, creamy risotto. For me it’s the ultimate comfort food and ready in less than 30 minutes…. So I can get back to the fire with my glass of wine.

The squash gives a bit of sweetness to the risotto. Use any flavor sausage you like.

As always, the end result should be creamy, smooth, almost soup-like, never stiff.

Butternut Squash and Sausage Risotto

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2/3 cup (4.2oz, 125gr) Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) dry, white wine
  • 2 1/4 cups (18oz, 540ml) chicken stock
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 3/4 cup (3oz, 90gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
  • Condimenti:
  • 8oz (240gr) sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups butternut squash, 8oz (240gr), cut into 3/4″ cubes
  • 2 tbs sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Butternut Squash & Sausage Risotto


  • Heat chicken stock and keep hot over low heat.
  • In medium sauce pan heat butter; add the 1/2 onion and sauté until transparent.
  • Add rice and sauté, stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes until rice has white center.
  • Add white wine and stir.
  • Start condimenti.
  • When rice has almost absorbed all the wine add a 1/3 cup of stock, stir. (No need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.) When stock is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring.
  • Before you add the last 1/3 cup taste a few kernels of rice. They should be just ‘al dente’ – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked. If more stock is needed add it a few tbs at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed.
  • At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff – there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold its shape on a plate.
  • Add the Parmesan and the condimenti, stir well, spoon into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately.  It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be very stiff.
  • Condimenti:
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet.  Add onion and sauté until tender.
  • Add sausage and break it up into chunks.
  • Add butternut squash, paprika, sage, and sauté until sausage is browned and squash almost cooked through.
  • Cover and allow to cook over low heat until needed.

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As to that fog….


It nestles so cozily into the little nooks and crannies across the valley.


Seeing this when I walk the dogs is one of the reasons I don’t mind getting up before the sun this time of year.

I’ve joined the ’12 Weeks of Winter Squash’ group again this year…. I need more inspiration!

Last update on November 1, 2015

5 thoughts on “Butternut Squash and Sausage Risotto; foggy mornings”

  1. It was so foggy by me when I left for work yesterday morning that I couldn’t see the end of my hood in some places. It was a harrowing drive at best. I love to look at the fog, but not drive through it.

  2. Thanks, Ashley, it was a gorgeous morning – and we love all risottos!

    Kate, it was pretty – and eerie

    nighstmusic, I remember that kind of fog when we lived along the Mississippi – pea soup

    Ina, absolutely the ultimate comfort food

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