Thursday, November 06, 2008

Butternut squash risotto


Tim's working from home today, and I decided to experiment again with the pressure cooker (aka my new best friend!). I love risotto, but standing in front of the stove babysitting it for 30 - 45 minutes is not my idea of fun. But in the pressure cooker? 90 seconds to cook the squash. 6 minutes for the risotto. And the result is one that any restaurant would be proud of!

In response to Aron's question about if you need something special to do pressure cooking -- yes, you need an actual pressure cooker. I got a 6 quart Fagor Duo pressure cooker from The Veggie Queen's website (I put a link to her site in my "Finding my cooking groove" post) and I love it.

I'm beginning to understand why Tracy says she loves her pressure cooker so much. Yep, I think I'm becoming a believer.

23 comments:

Tim said...

.... and it was very yummy. "I love my job"

*aron* said...

haha thanks :) i have no clue sometimes when it comes to the kitchen!! that sounds amazing though... i want one!

Colette said...

I have been using my pressure cooker for YEARS now, and I even gave one to each parent for Christmas years ago. In the winter I use it all the time!

Holly said...

Looks delicious! My husband is deadly afraid of pressure cookers ever since one burned him badly. Even thought the new ones are way more safe.

Evelyne said...

This meal and the Minestrone sound DEEE-lish! I'm coming for dinner!

I might have to look into purchasing one of those!

Julianne said...

All your meals look so healthy and yummy! Can I come over?? ;-)

Shelly said...

i have a pressure cooker somewhere, I think I am going to have to resurrect it!

Jacey said...

My mom used to use a pressure cooker all the time. She used to make the most fabulous pork chops in it (I know you don't eat meat.)

It's funny how this is becoming popular again. Maybe it's time I got one, too!

Jacey said...

My mom used to use a pressure cooker all the time. She used to make the most fabulous pork chops in it (I know you don't eat meat.)

It's funny how this is becoming popular again. Maybe it's time I got one, too!

tfh said...

Ooh, this sounds like a perfect autumn meal. (I think pressure cooking may retain more nutrients, too?) Did you follow a specific recipe or do you have any to recommend? I haven't tried risotto in the pressue cooker.

Brit-Man said...

Must get a bit steamy using one of those I expect.

:-p :-p.

Take care.

Matt

Marathon Maritza said...

wow! I can't believe how quickly you made risotto! Looks delicious!

leslie said...

Tim -- You're the best, and I love your job too, especially when we get to spend kid-free time together!

leslie said...

Aron -- I think you definitely need a PC. Maybe if you've been good, Santa will bring one???

leslie said...

Colette -- I can't wait to share PC recipes!

leslie said...

Holly -- Poor husband. :( From what I understand, today's cookers are nothing like the ones they used to make. But I can understand his fear.

leslie said...

Evelyne -- I think you can make tons of healthy stuff in a PC, and the flavors blend so beautifully that you don't need extra oils or fats so Tony might approve of you getting one! :)

leslie said...

Julianne -- You're invited any time, my friend!

leslie said...

Jacey -- It IS funny that what goes out seems to come back again. My mom never used a PC so I'd never seen one till Tracy used one at a cooking class. Now I'm totally hooked, and even though I don't eat meat, I'm cooking it for my family from time to time.

leslie said...

TFH -- Questions answered in today's (11/10) post. I think everyone should have one.

leslie said...

Shelly -- Yes, you SHOULD get it out again!

leslie said...

Matt -- LOL!

leslie said...

Maritza -- I can't believe it either and it really WAS delicious!