Butternut Squash, Swiss Chard and Apple Risotto

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 45m

Serves 6


  • 1/4 cup French green lentils
  • 1 cup diced ( 1/2 inch) peeled butternut squash
  • 6 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced bacon
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup finely shredded Swiss chard leaves
  • 1/2 cup diced ( 1/2 inch) peeled Granny Smith apple
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage leaves


In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the lentils until tender, about 15 minutes; drain and set aside. In another saucepan, steam the squash in a steamer basket until just tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

In a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a boil; keep it at a bare simmer over very low heat. In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the bacon, garlic and shallot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat thoroughly. Add the wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 4 minutes. Stir in one-third of the simmering stock and cook, stirring constantly, until the stock is almost entirely absorbed; repeat with the remaining stock. The risotto should be creamy with just-tender rice grains after 20 minutes.

Add the lentils, squash, Swiss chard and apple to the risotto. Stir in the Parmesan, sage and the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Season with salt and pepper as desired and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 1655

nutrition information per serving

502 calories; 12g total fat; 20mg cholesterol; 342mg sodium; 71g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 16g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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