Summer Squash Risotto

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I like to cry. It’s therapeutic and, yes, even fun for me. My favorite movies are ones that leave me feeling empty and soul-less. My circle of humans get this & indulge me.

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A lazy Friday night in with the BFF meant food & crying. Cher brought over about six tearjerkers for us to choose from. We watched My Sister’s Keeper (OMG KILL ME) & ended with About Time (Rachel McAdams & cutie British red head). I am still puffy & swollen.


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In exchange for her providing the downpour of tears, I made risotto. Duh. Since summer is (thankfully) coming to a close, I want to eat as many lil squash as I can. & I always want to eat as much risotto as I can.

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You all know how I feel about these slippery rice bites. There’s nothing more decadent. Three helpings later & I still couldn’t get enough. Alas, it was time for another glass of boxed wine & our devastating films.


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Make this & watch a sad movie – you won’t have a soul but your belly will be full.

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking)

Serves: 4-6


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 cups of arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 container of vegetable stock
  • 2 medium summer squash, cut in bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup of thawed frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup of basil, julienned
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • lemon zest, to taste
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat stock in medium sauce pan
  • Heat olive oil in large sauce pan over medium heat
  • Add garlic + onion, cook for 5 minutes
  • Turn heat down to low-med, stir in rice, cook until opaque
  • Add in wine & stir to coat, cook until absorbed
  • Begin adding a ladleful of stock at a time, cooking until absorbed
  • About halfway through, add squash + peas
  • Continue adding stock until rice is cooked and creamy
  • Turn off heat and add basil + butter + cheese + S+P
  • Serve topped with extra cheese + lemon zest
  • Drown in leftovers

3 thoughts on “Summer Squash Risotto

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