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Butternut and goat’s-milk cheese risotto

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4 as a vegetarian main course or 6 to 8 as a start
10 minutes
40 minutes

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  • 500 g butternut, peeled and diced
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 ½ cups risotto rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 100 g soft goat’s-milk cheese (chevin)
  • Milled salt and black pepper
  • 25-30 g butter, cut into pieces, for enriching
  • About 1/3 cup (85ml) freshly grated Italian Parmesan
  • Crispy fried sage leaves, to serve
  • 3-4 cups good-quality vegetable or chicken stock

Simmer the butternut in the stock with a sprig or two of sage, until tender. Strain. Keep the butternut warm and the stock simmering gently.

Heat the oil in a large, wide, heavybottomed saucepan and gently fry the onion with a pinch of salt until soft, but not browned. Add the garlic and rice, stirring constantly, until well coated.
Pour in a few ladles of hot stock and stir until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Repeat, adding the wine (if using) towards the end, until the rice is tender, swollen and creamy, but not gritty.

Fold in the warm butternut and crumbled goat’s-milk cheese. Check seasoning. It probably won’t need salt, but perhaps a good grinding of pepper. Add the bits of butter, cover tightly, and leave for a few minutes.

Serve immediately, topped with Parmesan and crispy fried sage leaves.

Phillippa Cheifitz

Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz

Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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    Tiffaine Bryant
    2 January 2019

    Stock and wine was not enough for the Tastic Risotto.

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    Verity Dachtler
    15 March 2016

    ER? – What stock and how much?

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      17 March 2016

      Hi Verity,
      Use 3 – 4 cups of stock. We’ve updated the recipe accordingly.
      Happy cooking!
      The TASTE team

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