It should have said "cut into chunks and ROAST." There is nothing better than roasting any pumpkin with a whole head of garlic, pepper and a generous drizzling of olive oil. Flakes of dried chilli are good too.
If you're feeling lazy then soup is a lovely option, cook off some garlic and leek, add chunks of roasted sweet butternut and vegetable stock, a smidge of curry powder - cook until soft and then whizz.
A great midweek meal is cheat's risotto. Baked not stirred. I do love making a traditional stirred risotto just not on a Thursday night after wrestling two children to bed.
This is fabulously easy and tastes good. Very good. You just have to give it a very hard stir for two minutes or so at the end to get that oozy risotto texture.
For 2 people...
- Small butternut squash
- 1 cup of arborio rice
- 2 1/2 cups hot vegetable/chicken stock
- 40g butter
- 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
Put it in an ovenproof dish that seals well with a lid along with the rice and hot stock and butter. Squeeze out the roasted garlic and add it too.
Cook at 200 °C for about 25 minutes until the rice is soft but still wet.
Add about a third of a cup of grated parmesan and stir madly for a minute or two. The pumpkin will mash together and the risotto will become thick and creamy.
Really rather easy and really rather good. Sometimes my passion for cooking has to come second to a need for a simple midweek dinner.