This butternut squash risotto is simple, comforting, and it makes a great autumnal dish.

It’s that time of the year again when you can see the market shelves stocking up with all kinds of pumpkins and squashes but I do wish that each pumpkin would come with a recipe card so more people would know what to make out of them except for just using them as a decoration for Halloween 🙂

You already know I love simple, quick meals without lots of complicated ingredients and time-consuming processes.

This is definitely one of these simple recipes I love. Also, my basement is full of all types of squashes and I do love risottos. It’s a win-win.

This butternut squash risotto can be prepared for lunch or just as a comforting dinner meal. If you are like me, you will probably have it for both. Don’t judge!

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The key ingredients for the butternut squash risotto are:

  • Butternut squash: This type of pumpkin will give your dish a nutty, but sweet taste so a drizzle of lemon juice at the end of cooking will give just the right amount of balance to the sweetness.
  • Risotto rice (Arborio rice): Arborio rice is high in amylopectin starch, which is what gives risotto its creamy texture. You can use other types of rice but it will affect the recipe.
  • Thyme – Thyme gives a slightly floral flavour to this dish. You can use either fresh or dried thyme.
  • Chickpeas: You can definitely omit the chickpeas but I always like to add some additional source of protein and they give a nice texture to risotto.

Read more about What to Eat On A Vegan Diet

Butternut squash and thyme risotto recipe


Butternut squash is an amazing source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants –  vitamin Cvitamin E, vitamin Abeta-carotene, potassium, magnesium and iron.

It is a so-called cold-weather superfood and a starchy carbohydrate, the same as potatoes.

Butternut squash is:

  • Cholesterol-free
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Boost Immune and nervous systems
  • Protects against heart disease

Read more about Butternut Squash Nutrition

Some of my favourite butternut squash recipes, besides this risotto, are butternut squash soup, butternut squash curry and a really simple one, roasted butternut squash.

Now, without further ado, let’s cook.

Butternut squash & Thyme Risotto

Course: Lunch, DinnerDifficulty: Easy
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This butternut squash risotto is simple, comforting, and it makes a great autumnal dish.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)

  • 1 medium butternut squash (peeled and chopped)

  • 150g chickpeas (cooked and drained)

  • 200g risotto rice (Arborio)

  • 500ml vegetable stock

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder

  • 1 tbsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 tsp salt (see notes)

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • A drizzle of lemon juice


  • Heat up the oil and add the onion and garlic. Saute for a couple of minutes until it becomes translucent.
  • Add the squash, chickpeas, rice, combine well and add the stock.
  • Now add the herbs and spices and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Cover the pan and cook on medium heat for about 25-30min. Stir occasionally.
  • The liquid shall evaporate, pumpkin and risotto rice should be soft so if you are happy with the taste, remove from the heat.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice and mix well.
  • Serve hot and sprinkle with some pumpkin seeds and dried thyme.
  • Enjoy 🙂


  • If you are using low sodium vegetable stock then feel free to add more salt.

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Let me know in the comments below what is your favourite autumn recipe?

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