Fall Trader Joe’s Food and Wine Series: Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto | Trader Joe's Wine by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a bottle of Trader Joe's wine laying next to some some pumpkins, parmesan cheese, silverware, and a pan of butternut squash and mushroom risotto.
Welcome to Part Two of our Fall Trader Joe’s Wine and Food Series!
ICYMI: I teamed up with my friend and local food stylist, Diana, and she created three recipes using Trader Joe’s fall items, and I paired each recipe with a Trader Joe’s wine. Make sure to check out the first TJ’s food and wine pairing in our series: the Warm Sweet Potato Salad Bowl!
Today’s recipe would make for a fantastic dinner option. It’s super easy to prepare and gives you a blast of fall flavor! Don’t forget: if you enjoy Diana’s recipes, make sure to give her a follow on Instagram.

Trader Joe’s Wine and Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto

Trader Joe's Fall Recipe |Trader Joe's Wine by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a bottle of Trader Joe's wine next to some some pumpkins, cheese, silverware, and a pan of butternut squash and mushroom risotto.
Trader Joe's Grated Parmesan |Trader Joe's Wine by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a bottle of Trader Joe's wine laying next to some some pumpkins, and parmesan cheese.
Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto Recipe |Trader Joe's Wine by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a pan of butternut squash and mushroom risotto next to wine glass and some small orange and white pumpkins.
Cecilia Beretta Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut Superiore |Trader Joe's Wine by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a bottle of Trader Joe's wine laying next to some some pumpkins, and parmesan cheese.
Trader Joe's Fall Recipe and Wine Pairing |Trader Joe's Wine by popular D.C. lifestyle blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a pan of butternut squash and mushroom risotto next to a wine glass, gold forks, linen napkin, and small orange pumpkin.
Let’s face it: don’t we all love a good pasta in the fall? Make a bowl of this Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto, curl up under a blanket, and grab a glass of vino. This is the perfect dish to make on a night when you want to cozy up at home!
You can read Diana’s note about the dish below:
"This dish is a perfect fall comfort food. Using Trader Joe’s frozen mushroom risotto and their precut butternut squash makes this a very simple meal to make. However, if you know and love a really good risotto, and you have time, you can always opt for making the risotto from scratch; it will end up a bit creamier. If not, this is an excellent option for a fall-inspired quick comfort food."
The wine I decided to pair with this dish is the Cecilia Beretta Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut Superiore. The name is quite a mouthful, but this under $15 bubbly is fresh, fragrant, and has notes of citrus. Sparkling wine and mushrooms is one of my favorite food/wine pairings, especially for fall. Mushrooms pair well with a lot of different wines. However, this prosecco will taste divine with the creaminess of the risotto. This dish will also pair well with an Oaked Chardonnay or a Rioja if you’re looking for a red or white option!

Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto


Description

A fall-inspired comfort food dish.

Ingredients

4 cups butternut squash, small diced
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons butter
3 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 bag Trader Joe’s frozen mushroom risotto
Grated Parmesan, as a garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large sauté pan add 1 cup of water and butternut squash, bring to a simmer. Cook until butternut squash is soft and water has been absorbed.
  2. Once water has been absorbed add butter and mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes.
  3. At this point the mushrooms and butternut squash will start sticking to the pan, don’t panic, add in ¼ cup of wine, this will help release the bits stuck the bottom of the pan.
  4. Next, add in the whole bag of Trader Joe’s Frozen Mushroom Risotto, stirring constantly until the whole mix is hot throughout.
  5. Divide among bowls and garnish with parmesan cheese.



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