Vegan Caramelized Leek & Butternut Squash Risotto

Posted By ,January 12, 2018

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I’m literally typing this and eating at the same time! You know it’s good when you can’t even type because you’re stuffing your face – lol. Annnnnd, it’s VEGAN!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of diced onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup of leeks, sliced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 cups of arborio rice
3 cups of butternut squash
About 6-8 cups of vegetable broth
1 cup of white wine – I used Pinot Grigio
1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
Kosher salt, to taste
About 3/4 cup of vegan half and half
1 1/2 tablespoons of vegan butter

Directions:

Start by heating a large pot. Then, saute the onion, garlic, and leeks in olive oil until the leeks are tender. Do this on medium heat – not too high. Once the leeks are tender, add in the arborio rice. You can turn the heat up a bit. Toast the rice in the oil for about 2 minutes. Stir well every 20 seconds or so to make sure nothing sticks or burns. It’s a good idea to have your wine and stock ready because this will go quickly.

When the rice has toasted for about 2 minutes, add the white wine and stir. Once the wine cooks out, add in about a cup or so of stock at a time and stir. While you’re adding in the stock, also add in the butternut squash and let it start to cook. Around the 4th or 5th time of adding in the stock, throw in the rest of the seasonings – dried thyme, dried basil, granulated garlic, and…