Baked Rice with Butternut Squash

This wonderful baked rice dish is made mostly in the oven, with the delicious addition of butternut squash and Parmesan cheese.



3 cups chopped butternut squash (about 1/2 large squash)
2 cups fat-free, less sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp. dried rubbed sage)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice (or other short-grain rice)
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
cooking spray
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
fresh thyme sprigs (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Place squash on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until slightly tender; cool. Increase oven temperature to 400°.

3. Bring broth, water and sage to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 6 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Stir in squash, broth mixture, wine, chopped thyme, salt and pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Place rice mixture in 13×9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir mixture gently. Sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

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