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Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta and Jack Cheese

Prep Time: Minutes
Cook Time:1 Hours



Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups) Cooking spray 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 1 1/3 cups water 2 tablespoons Madeira wine or sweet Marsala 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon 4 ounces chopped pancetta 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup uncooked Arborio rice or other short-grain rice 2/3 cup (about 2 1/2 ounces) 1/2-inch-cubed Monterey Jack cheese 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted Fresh tarragon sprigs (optional) Preheat oven to 475°. Place squash on a nonstick jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 475° for 20 minutes or until tender, turning after 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°. Combine broth, water, wine, and tarragon in a saucepan; bring to a simmer. Keep warm over low heat. Cook pancetta in a large ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta from pan; drain on a paper towel. Discard pan drippings. Add onion and oil to pan; sauté 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add rice to pan; sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth mixture; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes. (Do not stir; rice will have a liquid consistency similar to stew.) Place pan in oven; bake at 325° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir in the squash, pancetta, cheese, salt, and pepper. Cover with a clean cloth; let stand 10 minutes (rice will continue to cook). Sprinkle with pine nuts. Garnish with tarragon sprigs, if desired. Recipe from Cooking Light

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