Risotto is one of my favourite comfort foods. It is filling, feels stodgy and can be made really easily (tips here). This butternut squash risotto recipe is one of my favourites. I love butternut squash everything if I am honest. Soupchips, and even pasta!

butternut squash risotto
Butternut Squash Risotto

Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.

Making this risotto with pumpkin

If you fancy using a different type of squash like a pumpkin to make this risotto then go ahead and swap them around. There are very few changes you need to make as all squashes are fairly similar.

Pumpkin however does easily go a little mushy. To avoid this cook it a little less before adding it to the risotto mix. If the pumpkin ends up more of a puree in your risotto that is fine it will still taste great.


Using other squashes for risotto

If you have seen any other squash varieties in the supermarket such as harlequin then this recipe is great with those too.

Butternut squash preparation tips

If you are not used to using a butternut squash it can look a little daunting. A good potato peeler will help you out massively here.

Whatever style you prefer (prefer the Y shape one) there are so many on Amazon and so cheap that you really don’t need to keep using an old blunt one.

I always find that cutting around the seeds is easier than trying to scoop them out but whatever you do, do not panic if you end up with a few in any recipe. They won’t do you any harm.

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Butternut Squash

Is a butternut squash a speed food on Slimming World?

Yes, butternut squash is a speed food on Slimming World. It is perfect for using in meals like this to get your one third speed food in.

I have written a whole post on my experiences of the Slimming World plan and explained speed foods in more detail.

If this is something you are not sure about or would be interested in reading you can find the post here.

Do remember though to always check with your Slimming World consultant or on their website for anything you are unsure of.

butternut squash infographic

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.


Enjoying this recipe whilst losing weight

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

More recipes you might enjoy

You can find all of my butternut squash tips and recipes here.

If you don’t fancy this but would like another recipe with rice check out my huge selection of rice recipes here and check out my tips for cooking the perfect rice and my risotto guide for how to make a healthy risotto in 10 easy steps!

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes here.

butternut squash veggie burgers
Butternut Squash veggie burgers

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butternut squash risotto

Butternut Squash Risotto recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 Minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A delicious butternut squash risotto that is easy to make


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Low Calorie Cooking Spray

2 large red onions finely chopped

3 cloves Garlic (crushed)

300 grams Arborio Rice

2 average size butternut squashes peeled and cubed

1.2 litres Vegetable Stock

2 tsp dried parsley

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp Paprika


Toss the butternut squash in 1 tbsp paprika, spray with low calorie cooking spray and roast in the oven or I use the Actifry until soft but still has a bite to it rather than mushy. This takes approx. 30-40 minutes depending on size of Actifry or how deep they are in oven dish etc

Allow to cook for 10 minutes before starting the following.

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.

Add the onion and garlic to the frying pan and stir fry for approximately 5 minutes until onion is soft and starting to brown.

Add the rice and stir fry for another 3-4 minutes.

Add two bay leaves to your jug of boiling stock and then put two ladles of the stock into the frying pan and stir frequently until the liquid is absorbed.

Add the stock one ladle at a time continually stirring and only adding the next ladle when the previous has been fully absorbed.

When you are down to the last approximately two ladles of stock remove the bay leaves and add the remaining stock, with the roasted butternut squash, 1tbsp paprika and the dried parsley (you could use fresh but I find dry as good and cheaper!). Keep stirring gently to prevent the mixture from sticking.

When all liquid is absorbed serve immediately.

Keywords: Risotto, butternut squash, Slimming World, Syn free,

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  1. Loads of people say that risotto is the trickiest thing to make. This recipe was easy to follow and had a fantastic end result. Definately one for the repeat list 🙂