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Risotto in a bowl with fresh sage sprinkled on top.
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Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto

This vegan butternut squash risotto is easy to make, filling, and delicious. It's perfect as a gluten-free, vegan main course or side dish for the holidays or whenever you're in the mood for a special meal.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time28 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 278kcal


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups peeled and chopped raw butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup vegan dry white wine (or substitute low sodium, gluten-free vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)

Optional toppings:

  • A sprinkle of toasted pine nuts, chopped pecans, nutritional yeast, finely chopped fresh sage, and/or parsley.


  • Add the olive oil to a large pot on the stove set to low-medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions, garlic, and sage, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until the onions have softened and look translucent.
  • Stir in the Arborio rice and cook for 1 minute to toast the grains slightly.
  • Add the chopped butternut squash, water, white wine, salt, and pepper, then cook, uncovered, for 26-28 minutes or until the rice is cooked to al dente and the butternut squash is fork tender.
  • Stir, then sprinkle on any optional toppings if desired.


  • Store this vegan butternut squash risotto in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7442IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg