Squash + Goats Cheese Risotto by Ros Heathcote

Like any good risotto, simplicity, good ingredients, and timing are everything.

Serves: 4 people

Time: 10 mins prep 30 mins cooking


* indicates optional ingredients

  • 1 tbsp fat (I always use chicken or beef fat but a cold pressed rapeseed or something with a high smoke point is recommended).

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 shallot, diced

  • 1 stick of celery, diced

  • 150g pumpkin/squash, skinned, deseeded and cubed (Blue Max squash if you can get one, but any winter squash will do)

  • 1 pouch Chicken bone broth

  • 150g organic arborio rice

  • 50g crumbly goats cheese

  • 150ml filtered water

  • *splash white wine

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan

  • large handful fresh sage, roughly chopped

  • knob organic butter/extra virgin olive oil

  • pinch freshly ground nutmeg

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • generous pinch pink salt


  1. Start with the squash/pumpkin, scoop the seeds out, cube, coat in fat or oil and roast in a preheated 180 degree over for 30 mins.

  2. Once roasted either mash it with a potato masher or even better run it through a vegetable ricer to make it smooth and set the puree aside.

  3. Add the fat to a large saucepan and place on a low heat so the fat gently melts (if solid).

  4. Soften the shallot and celery in the pan slowly, ensuring it doesn't brown but goes translucent.

  5. Add the garlic for the last two minutes before adding the rice.

  6. Add the rice and stir and cover with the fat and onions watching until the grains of rice becomes translucent around the edges.

  7. *If you're going to add wine, now's the time. Turn up the heat and splash it in whilst stirring until its quickly reduce and absorbed by the rice.

  8. Now add the bone broth a spoonful at a time stirring until it's completely absorbed by the rice and the pan is almost dry, then add the next spoonful. Repeat until all the broth is incorporated.

  9. Stir and test until the rice has a slight bite (al dente).

  10. Now its time to stir in the puree to the risotto. Once mixed allow to sit for a few minutes.

  11. In a dry pan toast the pine nuts shaking the pan regularly to ensure they don't burn. This takes no more than 3 minutes on a high heat.

  12. Serve the risotto with a crumbling of goats cheese and top with the pine nuts, a generous milling of black pepper and a knob of butter/olive oil for that extra touch of richness.

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