Butternut Squash and Wild Rice with Sage

Yield: 4 servings

Start the wild rice cooking while you prepare the ingredients for the recipe. If you want to speed the cooking time for the wild rice, pre-soak it in water for several hours and it should cook in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

Procedure:

  1. In a heavy saucepan, bring 3 1/2 cups of broth to boil. Add wild rice. Boil until grains begin to split open and are tender, but still firm to bite. This will take about 50-60 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender and transparent. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the butternut squash and toss to coat. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and the wine. Cover and simmer until squash is almost tender and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer cooked wild rice to a large bowl. Stir in butternut squash mixture, then the cranberries and sage. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Adapted from The Bon Appetit Cookbook

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