Baked Rice with Butternut Squash

I was looking for a dish to round out my Shabbos meal on Friday night.  I had made chicken cutlets and a roast in gravy, spinach kugel and roasted potato slices.  We had plenty of food for the main course but it felt wrong since we were having a nice crowd for dinner.  I wanted something to complete the meal and make sure, there was something for every one.  Rice sounded right.

This makes a pretty dish and a neutral one.  While it definitely has flavor, it seems to go with almost any other food.  It served its purpose since it did a disappearing act.

This is a Cooking Light recipe and I have been fortunate with their recipes.  I get their magazine and always find a few new recipes to test.  Many go on the roster for future meals.

Baked Rice with Butternut Squash (adapted from Cooking Light September 2002)


1 24 ounce bag of frozen butternut squash cubes
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked Arborio
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350°.

Place frozen squash on baking sheet for about 10 minutes or until completely defrosted..

Bring broth, water, and sage to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil).

Heat oil in a large ovenproof 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, chopped thyme, salt, and pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place skillet in a 400° oven for 30 minutes.

Stir mixture gently.

Eat and enjoy.

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  1. Looks healthy and tasty...
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  2. What a lovely way to serve butternut squash - I had not thought of serving it with rice like that. Your dish looks delicious and I'm so glad you shared it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  3. I like the idea of a baked rice dish. It's good to have a handy side dish recipe that goes with anything!


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