This squash-flecked quinoa risotto is a light yet substantial accompaniment for the rich, flavourful chicken recipe below.
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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups diced squash (1/2-inch dice)
1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 cup washed quinoa
½ cup white wine
3 cups hot vegetable stock or water
¼ cup whipping cream
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon white truffle oil (optional)
Heat oil and butter in a wide pot over medium heat. Add squash and sauté for 5 minutes or until squash is browned and has just begun to soften. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes or until softened. Add quinoa and continue to sauté for 3 minutes or until toasty.
Add wine to pot and cook until liquid has evaporated. Add stock 1 cup at a time and cook, stirring often, until quinoa is still a bit firm (about 12 minutes).
Stir in cream and Parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot with a small drizzle of white truffle oil.