Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage

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  • Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage, by Karen of The Food Charlatan for I Heart Naptime

    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage - an easy weeknight meal perfect for autumn! Featured on iheartnaptime.com

    Have you guys ever made risotto? I love the stuff but never is there a time when I think to myself, hm, I really feel like stirring for a half hour straight. Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but seriously, who’s got the time?

    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage - an easy weeknight meal perfect for autumn! Featured on iheartnaptime.com

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    I love this recipe because once the initial setup is done, you throw it in the slow cooker and only have to stir twice. TWICE! So much better than standing over a hot stove for 20 minutes.

    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage - an easy weeknight meal perfect for autumn! Featured on iheartnaptime.com

    This recipe is perfect for fall! Speaking of fall. Those leaves are SO falling. All over my yard. We just bought our first home last month and I’m not used to having so much responsibility! We even bought a blower so that it’s a little easier but I kind of suck at it. I feel like I’m just blowing them all over the place and making it feel even MORE like fall.

    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage - an easy weeknight meal perfect for autumn! Featured on iheartnaptime.comBut that’s okay. Leaves are the worst of my problems when I’ve got this risotto to say hello to!

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    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage
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    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage

    Skip the stirring and make your risotto in the crock pot! Perfect fall dinner.

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Slow Cooker Risotto
    Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Servings 6
    Calories 691 kcal
    Author I Heart Naptime Contributor

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups butternut squash chopped into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 1 medium onion chopped
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine I used cooking wine*
    • 2 cups arborio rice 14 ounces
    • 4 and 1/2 cups chicken broth
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
    • 3-4 cups baby spinach
    • salt and pepper
    • more Parmesan to serve

    Instructions

    1. Place chopped butternut squash into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker. Cover and turn to high.
    2. In a large skillet, crumble and brown the sausage with 3 tablespoons of water over medium-high heat until browned, about 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, chop the onion. Remove the sausage to the slow cooker and cover.
    4. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in the pan over medium heat (keep any drippings). When the butter is hot, add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
    5. Add the wine and continue to cook over medium heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 3-5 minutes.
    6. Add the risotto and cook for another 2 minutes, until most of the wine has absorbed.
    7. Add the chicken broth 2 teaspoons of salt, and stir until it is warm.
    8. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker and stir it all together. Cover and let cook on high for 30 minutes. Stir the pot, then cover for another 30 minutes. Stir again and check to see if the risotto is tender. If not, cook for another 15-20 minutes.
    9. When the risotto is tender, turn off the slow cooker and add 2 tablespoons butter, 3/4 cup Parmesan, and 3-4 cups spinach. Stir together and let sit until the spinach wilts. Season with more salt and pepper to taste, and serve with fresh parmesan.

    Recipe Notes

    *If you use regular wine, add more salt to taste at the end.

    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Risotto with Butternut Squash and Sausage
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 691 Calories from Fat 324
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 36g 55%
    Saturated Fat 16g 80%
    Cholesterol 91mg 30%
    Sodium 1631mg 68%
    Potassium 624mg 18%
    Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 2g
    Protein 21g 42%
    Vitamin A 184.7%
    Vitamin C 26.4%
    Calcium 22%
    Iron 26.7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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