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Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto

This creamy buckwheat risotto is complemented by sweet butternut squash, mixed mushrooms and crispy sage. Nutritional yeast is blended with coconut milk yogurt and added to the risotto for extra creaminess and a subtle ‘cheesy’ flavour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 4 people


  • Handful of fresh sage leaves
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 600 g peeled and diced butternut squash (1 inch cubes)
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 500 ml hot vegetable stock
  • 150 g mixed mushrooms cleaned and roughly sliced
  • 2 tbsp coconut yogurt
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups buckwheat groats
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic finely sliced
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • A generous pinch of sea salt
  • A pinch of black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan assisted.
  • Arrange the butternut squash cubes across a shallow oven tray and drizzle with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Roast for 15 minutes until tender.
  • Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and mushrooms and sweat until tender.
  • Add 2/3 of the roasted squash and all of the buckwheat to the pan. Season well and add the dried sage. Stir well to combine.
  • Add the hot stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until all the liquid has evaporated – about 15 minutes. Stir regularly.
  • Whilst the risotto cooks, add the remaining squash to a blender with the coconut milk yogurt, apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast. Season with a little salt and pepper and blend until creamy.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a pan over a medium heat and add the sage leaves. Coat them in the oil and fry until crisp.
  • When all the liquid has evaporated from the risotto, add the creamy squash and yogurt mixture and stir through until well combined and the risotto is cooked through.
  • Scatter with crispy sage to serve.


Recipe by Emma Carter

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