risotto de calabaza y espinacas

This is a recipe I’ve made twice since I got to Spain, that I thought might interest some of you.  It’s super easy if you enjoy making risotto (as I do) and has a ton of flavor!!

Fun fact:  there is only one word to say pumpkin or butternut squash in spanish; it’s calabaza.  I had a discusion with my spanish roommate, Bea, about this and I came to the conclusion that they really don’t taste that much different once cooked and mixed in with everything.  I can still taste it a little but, but they really are almost exactly the same… do a blind taste test… see what you think!

Buen provecho, amores:)


Adapted from Ina Garten’s Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash


  • 1 butternut squash (2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots (2 large)
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice(10 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds, and cut it into 3/4-inch cubes. You should have about 6 cups. Place the squash on a sheet pan and toss it with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, tossing once, until very tender. Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the chicken broth in a small covered sauce pan. Leave it on low heat to simmer.

In a large sauté pan or pot melt the butter and saute the garlic and shallots on medium-low heat for 10 minutes, until the shallots are translucent but not browned. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains with butter. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes. Add 2 full ladles of stock to the rice plus the saffron, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir, and simmer until the stock is absorbed, 5 to 10 minutes. Continue to add the stock, 2 ladles at a time, stirring every few minutes. Each time, cook until the mixture seems a little dry, then add more stock. Continue until the rice is cooked through, but still al dente, about 30 minutes total. Off the heat, add the roasted squash cubes, spinach, and Parmesan cheese.  Mix well and serve.

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One response to “risotto de calabaza y espinacas

  1. Helen M Bitzberger

    WOW ….that sounds DE-LISH …..YUMMY
    You do it ALL.
    Look forward to getting your blogs….they are FUN.

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