This draft has been sitting on my computer for over a month now, it’s high time I finish it! This was for the Tuesday of my Kitchen Challenge Week. I had planned to make the Butternut Squash and Chicken Risotto for that Tuesday all along, I only decided to make the mushroom soup when I looked in the fridge and saw there was loads there that needed to be used up. Though I didn’t try the soup, not a mushroom fan at all!
Sorry the measurements for the risotto aren’t very accurate, I used rough guides but tried my best to put some measurements to the recipe.
Butternut Squash and Chicken Risotto
1 small onion
Half a medium butternut squash, chopped into small chunks
~300g of risotto rice
600ml chicken stock (vegetable can be used into if preferred)
1. Drizzle butternut squash pieces with a little olive oil and place into pre-heat 180°C oven until soft and tender
2. Dice onion finely and fry in some olive oil. Add leftover chicken. Add risotto grains and stir to coat in oil. Add butternut squash
3. Add a few tablespoons of stock and simmer. Stir until all stock is absorbed. Add more stock and repeat, until the stock is gone. Cook for 25-30 mins, until the risotto is creamy but still has a bite to it
4. Serve and enjoy! Garnish to your own taste, maybe add some sage or some Parmesan.
Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe
(No picture of the soup, it came out blurry. But sure it’s mushroom soup, it’s boring looking anyway!)
Servings: About 6, maybe more
1 clove garlic
750ml vegetable stock
1 small carton of cream
Salt and pepper
1. Dice onion and garlic and fry in a little oil. Wipe mushrooms with a damp cloth and then cut into smallish chunks
2. Add mushroom to onions and garlic and on a low-medium heat, let them soften gently. Add stock and bring to the boil.
3. Using a hand held blender, whizz the soup to your desired texture, I made it smooth but you can keep it a bit chunky if you like.
4. Add cream, salt and pepper to your own taste. And enjoy!
You can play with this a bit, using different mushrooms, adding spices and herbs, omitting the cream for something a little lighter, it’s up to you really!