I made this last night and it makes a wonderful side dish. Mmmmmmm! I subsititued brown rice and made the cooking times a little longer.
Baked Rice with Butternut Squash
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Bake, peel, and cube the squash up to two days ahead.
1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup uncooked Arborio or other short-grain rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until tender; cool. Peel squash; cut in half lengthwise. Discard seeds and membranes; cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Increase oven temperature to 400°.
Bring broth, water, and sage to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 6 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add rice; sauté 1 minute. Stir in squash, broth mixture, wine, chopped thyme, salt, and pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place rice mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Stir mixture gently. Sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)