Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto topped with salty Pancetta and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. This labor of love is worth every single minute!
Can you even believe that it’s already the end of October? As in, exactly one week left. We weren’t planning on going back to visit our families for the holidays this year. Since it’s only been a year since we left, and we were there last December, but the closer they get, the more I want to go, even if it’s early on.
I mentioned to my husband that I might take the kids and go right after Halloween. In total honesty, I’m kind of homesick and I miss all of our friends, so it would just be nice to go back for a couple weeks and see everyone, then be back here before Thanksgiving to be with my husband. We’ll see.
What do you do for Thanksgiving if you have no family around? It’s just my husband and I and two little babes, so making a huge turkey dinner, kind of sounds like a lot of work for basically two people. I’m thinking of going non-traditional…chinese takeout. Don’t hate. But it kind of sounds nice spending the entire day watching the parade, and football and just lounging. My only nerve is that it could just seem like any other weekend, and I don’t want the holidays to just pass us by without fully appreciating them, they are my favorite time of year after-all!
If I do make a turkey dinner, it won’t be very traditional though, and it will probably include a side of this risotto. Because I am a believer that risotto is worth every single second standing at the stove, stirring. You know what makes it better? A little classic rock and a bottle of wine. I promise, you will enjoy the process, I found it therapeutic, like pie making, and the bluesy sounds, actually wiped any blues away. Silly? Maybe. But I enjoy it.
Risotto is a little bit of a labor of love, it’s not a 30 minute meal, but if you’re having an in-home date night, or even if you just want to surprise your significant other with a home-cooked meal, this is the ticket! It sounds kind of fancy, and even though it takes some time, its super easy. And there is so much flavor bursting through this!
Creamy butternut risotto, loaded with salty pancetta and crispy brussels sprouts, this combination of autumn flavors will not disappoint!