Roast acorn squash stuffed with risotto makes is a festive recipe that can be savored by vegetarians, vegans, and those on gluten-free diets. I created this recipe for my client, GO VEGGIE. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen.
A few years ago, I made a cajun stuffed spaghetti squash that was super popular. People loved that it could be enjoyed by almost anyone, from vegetarians and vegans to people who follow gluten-, lactose-, or egg-free diets. It also didn’t hurt that the squash makes a super cute serving container – or that it was amazingly delicious.
This year, I was inspired to make something similar. I’m a huge fan of stirring squash puree into my risotto. It adds tons of flavor and makes the risotto extra creamy. I dressed up my traditional risotto with arugula and pomegranate arils, then added GO VEGGIE vegan parmesan grated topping to give it some extra oomph while also keeping it dairy-free.
This risotto makes a really impressive dinner, but it’s surprisingly simple to make. Start by splitting your squash and sticking it in the oven. It will roast in just about the same time it takes to make the risotto. The squash is done with it can be easily pierced with a fork, but still has enough structure to stand upright. Use and ice cream scoop or large spoon to scoop out some of the inside, leaving about 1/4 inch of squash around the perimeter. The squash that you scooped out gets mashed and stirred into the rice, where it will add sweetness to every bite!
Tart pomegranate arils and peppery arugula help balance out the sweetness of the squash. GO VEGGIE parmesan adds a hint of cheesy, nutty flavor that keeps everything in balance. (If you aren’t serving this to vegetarians, a little bit of crumbled Italian sausage is also delicious in this recipe.)