Squash and Kale Risotto


Squash and Kale Risotto

If you are looking for a healthy and hearty one-pot meal, this is the one for you.

Don’t let the “1-hour” cook time turn you off. Farro, an ancient grain, gives this dish a nutty taste and chewy texture. It does require continual cooking, but you only have to┬ácheck on it and stir it every 10 minutes or so. It doesn’t require constant supervision and you don’t have to be tethered to you stove.

You can find Farro near the rice section, or in the healthy foods section of most stores. You can sub farro for rice in many of your favorite dishes. Farro is a whole grain, and in just one serving it has 7 grams of fiber!

I love that this recipe uses frozen veggies (squash and kale), that means this is an easy meal to keep on hand for a week that you haven’t had time to get to the grocery store.

Chicken sausages, have a much cleaner ingredient list than hot dogs or other sausages and have a lot less fat.  Speaking of hot dogs, the chicken sausages are usually found near them in the grocery store.


Yields 2

Squash and Kale Risotto

5 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Farro
  • 1/4 white onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (or additional broth)
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried Basil
  • 6 oz frozen cooked squash
  • 1/4 cup frozen kale
  • 2 Chicken sausages, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese grated or shredded


  1. Warm olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent. Add garlic and cook for two minutes more.
  2. Add wine (can sub additional broth if you prefer) and increase to high heat. Stir frequently until it is mostly evaporated. Add farro and 1/2 cup broth. Stir frequently until almost all of the liquid is absorbed. Add basil.
  3. Continue this step by adding the broth by a 1/2 cup and cooking until absorbed until the farro is tender, about 30 minutes. Stir in squash and kale until squash is melted and creamy.
  4. Stir in chicken sausage until heated through.
  5. Serve warm with parmesan sprinkled on top.

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