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Butternut Orzo Risotto Recipe

Butternut Orzo Risotto Recipe

This creamy dish resembles traditional rice risotto, only it’s quicker and easier to make. Fresh herbs enhance the tender orzo pasta and sweet butternut squash. Try it as a warming side dish for pork.—Country Woman Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 3 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. Place squash in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat broth and keep warm. In a large nonstick skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Add orzo and garlic; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Carefully stir in 1 cup warm broth. Cook and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  • 3. Add remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the liquid to absorb between additions. Cook until risotto is creamy and orzo is almost tender. (Cooking time is about 20 minutes.) Add the herbs, cooked squash and remaining pepper; heat through. Garnish with cheese if desired; serve immediately. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 230 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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Xena7751 User ID: 5742608 242036
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"This is good. You need to watch it and keep stirring. Very good, creamy flavor."

kellys1061 User ID: 5531754 187820
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"I made this for dinner last night and we absolutely LOVE IT!"

Feen User ID: 1925557 145485
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"Enjoyed this very much. I used about a half-tablespoon of minced garlic from a jar. Be sure to use small pieces of squash. I had some larger pieces about 1" square and their flavor overwhelmed the more delicate flavor of the pasta."

grits2k User ID: 6930927 101794
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"Garlic is referenced in directions, but not in the ingredients. How much garlic?"

nick.soapes User ID: 6931363 167682
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Delicious. Absolutely delicious. This is the kind of food I dream of finding in a restaurant, and today I found it in my kitchen."

Nikshanks User ID: 5219912 211253
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

"This was amazing! I used dried seasonings and could have used half the amount. Even was delicious. Will definately make again!"

jjmoose29 User ID: 2648907 187477
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"This was easy and delicious!!!"

grandmajab209 User ID: 4107862 187819
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"MAXINE,traditional risotto is made with rice, this is risotto made with orzo pasta which is fantastic. try it, you will love it! jean b."

Karihardy User ID: 4715955 108070
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"You don't use risotto. Just the orzo past. It is excelent!"

Maxine Miller User ID: 2800706 127395
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"But what amount of risotto? It shows measures for only Orzo pasta."

metromary User ID: 4466041 187818
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I have made this dish several times and it always turns out to rave comments. The fresh herbs make it a wonderfully smelling, appealing side dish. I did double the amount of butternut squash and used several cloves of garlic and that just added to the flavor of this wonderful fall dish."

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