Does the change in the weather put you in the mood for something creamy and comforting?
With the Fall and Winter quickly approaching this Instant Pot Autumn Squash Risotto with Tuscan Kale will not disappoint.
You only need 35 minutes to have the most delicious vegan instant pot squash risotto on the table for dinner.
Don't let the word Risotto scare you, I know it sounds like something fancy you would only get at a restaurant, or a dish that Gordon Ramsey would toss across the kitchen because you made it wrong, but this Recipe is quick and yes easy to prepare.
If you are hosting any Holiday Gatherings or attending any this season break out this dish and watch how impressed everyone will be. This colorful dish will complement perfectly with everyone's Thanksgiving Day Table.
How does it taste?
This Instant Pot Autumn Squash Risotto with Tuscan Kale is a blend of rich and creamy slightly sweet and slightly savoury, earthy goodness. Perfect for this time of the year when the harvest moon ushers in the change of seasons.
What Kitchen tools will you need?
For this Recipe I used the easy to use - Instant Pot. You will also need a sharp knife.
I have a set of Cuisinart knives, for chopping and I highly recommend an Epicurean Cutting Board they are super strong, eco and knife friendly, non porous, stain resistant and dishwasher safe perfect for all of your chopping.
Can I make this Recipe if I do not own an Instant Pot yet?
The answer is yes absolutely, it will take a little bit longer and constant stirring - but I will add in directions for a skillet version.
Are you a Weight Watcher?
This Instant Pot Autumn Squash Risotto with Tuscan Kale is only 9 points for One Cup on the Weight Watchers program. It is totally worth it as one cup is extremely filling and satisfying.
Can I make this Vegan Friendly?
You sure can just leave out the Bacon and swap the Butter with Coconut Oil.
What kind of Rice makes the best Risotto?
Use only an Italian short-grain rice such as Arborio, Carnaroli, Vialone, Nano or Baldo. Short grain rices have a high starch content and it is the starch in the rice that creates the creamy texture, as this rice absorbs less liquid, resulting in a creamier Risotto.
I used Della Arborio White Rice for this Recipe. Many recipes call for the use of heavy cream or cheese such as mascarpone, traditional Risotto does not need this as it is creamy without this addition.
What does the ideal Butternut Squash look like?
How do you Peel a Butternut Squash?
The Butternut Squash is not the easiest to cut and peel. You will need a large knife and then you need to cut off each end of the squash and then cut in half.
Next you need to carefully slice the outer skin off. You will see small green dots around the edge of your butternut squash start slicing on the inside of the green dots, use them as your guide when peeling.
Next you want to slice in half and use a spoon to remove the seeds. Once the seeds are removed you can start cutting into cubes.
If you are not comfortable cutting up the Butternut Squash you can usually find pre cut Butternut Squash already prepared at your local supermarket, it may be more costly but will save you time in meal prep.
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