28 responses to “Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Risotto”

  1. marthaandme

    Interesting. I don't have a slow cooker, but this looks good.

  2. Peggy Bourjaily

    I don't have enough counter space for a slow cooker, but my brother in law swears by his. I'm going to convert the recipe back to the stovetop and see what happens – looks amazing.

  3. debbie koenig

    Martha & Peggy, I'll tell you what I tell my students who don't have slow cookers: Try it in the oven at the very lowest setting, in a tight-sealing Dutch oven. Since even the lowest setting on the oven is likely to be higher than a slow cooker, I'd check it 1/2 hour sooner. Should work fine, though, I think.

  4. Christina

    There is a similar, non-slow cooker recipe in this month's Bon Appetit. It has shrimp as well as butternut squash. Yum!

  5. Frugal Kiwi

    I love my slow cooker and have done various barley dishes in it, I've never done risotto. There is also a great site I check when using the slow cooker called 365 Crock Pot at http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ has a zillion tested slow cooker recipe. Even one for soap!

  6. debbie koenig

    I saw that, Christina–funny coincidence!

    Frugal, I'm pretty sure there's a cookbook coming out from that web site.

  7. Sheryl Kraft

    I'm so mad at myself for giving away my slow cooker! Now I see a recipe like this…and I want it back.

  8. oh_snap!

    Totally making this on Saturday. Thanks again Debbie!

  9. Stephanie - Wasabimon.com

    What time should I be there? 🙂

  10. Alexandra Grabbe

    I used a slow cooker all the time in France and would like to get one here if someone could suggest a good brand. This recipe does sound amazing. Maybe I will try the Dutch oven version in the meantime.

  11. Jennifer Margulis

    Yum! But we don't have a slow cooker. Something I've always thought of getting — maybe from Goodwill?

  12. debbie koenig

    Sheryl, Alexandra, Jennifer: If you buy one, go cheap! My mom gave me a super-fancy one when Harry was born, and it runs too hot so I almost never use it. I bought a basic Rival one for $20 at Target, and it's a real workhorse.

  13. Meredith Resnick - The Writer's [Inner] Journey

    Debbie, The risotto sounds wonderful!

  14. Kristin

    I tried to make this last week but didn't have many of the ingredients. But it worked anyway!!! I went with it based on all of your encouragement to improvise based on what's in your pantry and I ended up with a dish that was totally different but really good. I had the squash but no rice, so I used barley. I didn't have any wine so I just used extra broth. Instead of parm, I topped our portions with feta. It was really good! Thanks for a great recipe to start with, Debbie.

  15. debbie koenig

    That's awesome, Kristin! I'll have to try it with barley–that's one of my favorite grains and I often forget about it.

  16. Leah

    Debbie-this looks great! do you think i could use brown rice instead? what adjustments would i have to make?

  17. debbie koenig

    Leah, I often wonder about subbing brown rice for arborio when I make risotto, but I've never tried it. My understanding is that it isn't as starchy as arborio, so you won't get that lovely creaminess. But since Kristin had such great luck with barley, I'd say it's worth trying! You may need to add a bit more water, since brown rice generally takes more than white to cook fully, but otherwise I imagine it would be much the same. Perhaps a bit longer cooking time, too, but I'm not so sure about that.

  18. Tepary

    So, this serves 4? All the ingredients are here and I'm ready to go.

  19. MagnoliaSouth

    @Peggy: You don't have to have counter space to use a slow cooker. You can plug it up in any room. It doesn't use much wattage, so is safe for just about any surface. Although I would probably lay something down just in case.

    In my super young days when I was "just married" I slapped that bad boy on the floor and cooked! Of course, I had no kids so that wasn't a worry. The biggest worry was tripping over it, which we never did. That is a surprise actually now that I think about it. 😉

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  21. Debbie Black

    Great Recipe. I use whole grain Farro which has some of the same creaminess but more chew. It is also much healthier than arborio. Sometimes I add a little chicken sausage or bacon to leftovers.

    1. Debbie Black

      I have made it with Farro several times now, same measurement as the arborio rice and liquids….my family loves it.

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  23. Clare

    This looks fabulous! I’m in slimming world though so would omit the oil and wine, any suggestions for subs of the wine?

  24. Celine

    I have a squash that I roasted and then froze. I would love to use it for this recipe, but not sure best way to incorporate it in.

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