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  • Makes 7½ cups

This creamy, comforting vegan risotto is a fall favorite. A quick balsamic reduction adds sweet-tart notes that complement the warm, robust flavors of fresh sage and butternut squash


  • ½ of a medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½-inch cubes (4½ cups)
  • 2 red onions, coarsely chopped (2 cups)
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups dry short grain brown rice or brown Arborio rice
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Place squash and onions on baking sheets. Roast 15 to 20 minutes or until squash is tender, brushing with water if vegetables start to look dry.
  2. Meanwhile, make Balsamic Vinegar Syrup: Pour balsamic vinegar into a small skillet. Cook over medium 8 to 10 minutes or until vinegar is reduced to about 3 Tbsp. and is syrupy. (It will thicken slightly as it cools.) Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan heat broth and 1 qt. water until simmering. In a 5-qt. Dutch oven cook shallots and garlic over medium 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking. Add rice; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until rice is toasted in places, stirring occasionally. Add simmering liquid, ¾ cup at a time, to the rice mixture, cooking and stirring frequently until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding liquid in this way until all the simmering liquid has been absorbed. (This will take about 40 minutes total.) Stir in roasted vegetables, the parsley, and sage. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drizzle risotto with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup. Top with additional chopped fresh parsley and sage.

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Nancy Macklin

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a master of science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Nancy worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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