It’s my favorite time of year for being in the kitchen with all the wonderful comforting dishes to make!
6 cups chicken or turkey broth
1/4 cup Riesling or other wine on the sweeter side
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter, divided
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1/2 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups (10 oz) Arborio rice
2 cups peeled, roasted chestnuts, or jarred chestnuts, finely chopped
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp chopped fresh marjoram
1/2 to 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and keep warm.
Meanwhile, heat the oil and 2 tbsp butter in a heavy, large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, chestnuts and squash. Cook until the onion is translucent, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, being careful not to burn it.
Add the rice to the onion-squash-chestnut mixture and coat the grains with the butter, cooking for about 2 to 3 minutes until the rice is translucent at the edges but still opaque in the center.
Add the wine and cook, stirring, until the liquid evaporates.
Add 1 cup of the warm broth, simmer until almost absorbed, stirring often for about 4 minutes.
Add more broth, 1 cup at a time, allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding the next one, until the rice is just tender, stirring frequently, about 25 minutes total.
Stir in the thyme and marjoram.
Remove from the heat, stir in the remaining 1 tbsp butter, cheese and parsley.
Season the risotto with salt and pepper and serve