Chipotle Butternut Squash Risotto

Chipotle Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto de Calabaza al Chipotle
6 Servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: butternut squash, pati's mexican table, Recipe, rice, risotto, Vegetarian
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Chipotle Butternut Squash Risotto, from Pati’s Mexican Table Season 7, Episode 10 "Los Cabos by Land & Sea"


  • 1 butternut squash (2 to 3 pounds) peeled, seeded, cut into 1/4” dice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, divided, or to taste
  • 6 to 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup requesón or mascarpone cheese
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sauce from chipotles in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped leeks
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Cotija cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh epazote leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

To Prepare

  • Set a rack in upper third part of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the butternut squash on baking sheet, drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle with the chipotle chile powder and 1 teaspoon of the salt and toss. Place in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until cooked and very soft. Scrape onto a bowl and set aside.
  • Pour the chicken broth into a saucepan set over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.
  • While your both comes to a simmer, combine the requeson or mascarpone cheese with the sauce from chipotles in adobo and the maple syrup in a small bowl. Season with salt to taste and set aside.
  • Before moving on, be ready with your roasted butternut squash and chicken broth that should be at a low simmer, if need be, raise heat to medium.
  • Heat ¼ cup olive oil in an extended casserole or Dutch oven set over medium heat. Once hot, add the leeks, onion and ½ teaspoon of the salt, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until softened and wilted. Pour in the water and continue to cook and stir until the water has completely evaporated, the vegetables have become even softer, and they begin to glisten with the oil.
  • Incorporate the rice and stir well to combine with the vegetables and coat in the oil. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon salt, stir, and cook 3 to 4 minutes. The rice should start to smell toasty, but it shouldn’t brown.
  • Pour in the wine, stir, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more until it completely evaporates, then immediately add a large ladleful of the simmering broth. Cook at a simmer until it is absorbed and you can see the bottom of the casserole when you stir.
  • Add the next ladle of broth, along with about a fourth of the roasted butternut squash, simmer and cook until the liquid is absorbed again. Repeat 3 more times, adding another ladle of broth and a fourth of the squash each time, until all the squash has been added.
  • Continue adding broth by the ladleful until the risotto is cooked al dente. Add a cup more broth and stir before you turn it off; it should be quite soupy, yet the broth should be thick.
  • You may have used only 6 cups of the broth or all 7 cups, depending on the heat of your stovetop and the weather where you live. What matters is the rice is still al dente and the consistency still seems a bit soupy.
  • Turn off the heat, top with the butter and the seasoned requeson or mascarpone cheese. Stir well to mix. Sprinkle on the grated cotija and the epazote and cilantro and serve.

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  1. Hi Pati!

    This recipe looks amazing and I’m excited to try it. Do you serve the risotto as a side or main dish? If as a side dish, what protein would you recommend to serving with it? (You can insert one of your other main dishes here. 🙂 )

    1. Hi Donna! The beauty of risotto is that you can serve it as a main or a side dish 😉 If using it as a side, I would recommend to pair it with some fish, here is a good recipe for you

  2. This looks very amazing and creamy! Does the alcohol from the white wine burn off or can I substitute more chicken stock? Also, I know chipotle chili powder is pretty spicy, so would it be ok to substitute ancho chili powder? I’ve seen epazote in my Fiesta store here in Rosenberg, Texas, I’ve just never used it before. What kind of flavor does it have?Whatever you recommend, I will do. You are one fabulous chef! Your instructions in the videos are so informative and easy to follow! I cannot wait to try this yummy, creamy dish! Thank you!

    1. Hello Annette, thanks for your questions! I recommend that you still use the wine, because the alcohol actually evaporates but the flavor stays. Give a chance to chipotle chile powder, it has a bad rap as super spicy but it is really not and the flavor is very unique, just use a bit less if you are worried. I wrote a bit about epazote here
      Thanks for the kind words!

  3. dear Pati, me and mi family all love your recipes and we love watching your show. This was the first recipe we made and it was delicious! 😍😍😍

  4. I love your show! I’m looking forward to cooking the butternut squash risotto, Several comments and questions. Where can I get epazote leaves or what can I replace them with? I don’t know how to use Mexican cheeses because I don’t know their tastes or how to compare them with “good old American cheeses”‘ I do know about Cotija cheese compared to Parmesan and find it a good substitute. P.S. I love your show!

  5. Hi Pati!!!
    We’re going to the grocery store soon to pick up the ingredients for this dish! I can’t wait to try it!
    We saw this episode last night. It was magical! The fish you cooked in Cabo, the scenery, your charming personality. Everything jumped off the TV screen and I could smell the air, taste the food and it all warmed my heart!
    I love your recipes, your charisma on camera, your obvious enjoyment for what you do!
    Thank you for adding so much flavor and delight to the lives of your fans. You and your recipes are absolutely delicious!!!