My CSA has already been keeping me very well stocked in the summer squash department, & it’s not even officially summer yet!
I don’t have a lot of tried & true summer squash recipes, so I decided to come up with my own – a risotto recipe – with a little inspiration from The Best of Vegan Cooking. I’ve also received a few stalks of fresh garlic from the CSA, & having no clue how to use them, I asked the gal at the farm stand what she recommended. She said she uses it just like you would a garlic clove, so I minced up one stalk & used it in my risotto! It looks very much like an onion, but has that intense garlic aroma & flavor!
“Summer Squash Risotto with Fresh Garlic, Petite Peas & Basil”
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Vidalia Onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, or 1 stalk fresh garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 4-5 cups organic vegetable broth
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 2 medium yellow squash
- 1/2 cup frozen, thawed petite peas
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, julienned
- 1 Tbsp. vegan margarine (Earthy-B is all I use!)
- Freshly ground pepper
- Wash squash & cut into 1/2 moons about a 1/2 inch thick. Set aside.
- In a large, heavy saucepan or dutch oven, heat olive oil, & add onion & garlic. Saute for 3-5 minutes over medium heat.
- Stir in the rice, & cook 2 minutes until opaque. Add wine & stir until absorbed.
- Ladle broth into rice, one ladleful at a time, stirring frequently over medium heat, after each addition. Wait until broth is almost completely absorbed before adding more.
- After about 15 minutes, add squash & peas. Continue stirring & adding broth until the vegetables are tender & the rice is al dente but looks creamy, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add fresh basil, margarine & stir. Season with fresh black pepper & garnish with more fresh basil. For a little extra brightness, top each dish with fresh lemon zest.
Super creamy, yummy & summery! Risottos tend to be very rich & sometimes heavy, but I made this dish more vegetable-dense than rice-dense, so it feels nice & lite!