Risotto week continues with this delicious fall dinner menu featuring a creamy Butternut Squash Risotto and a super easy (and so delicious) Brussles sprout side dish.

It’s hard to pinpoint who the star of the show is for this fall dinner menu. My initial instincts tell me the stunning, and oh-so creamy Butternut Squash Risotto. But why? Is it because it’s traditionally a time-intensive dish? Or does its vibrant orange hue just scream showstopper? I can’t say why, but it does evoke a sense of royalty for sure.

Dinner table with bowls of butternut squash risotto, roasted brussels sprouts, prosciutto, and wine.

But a creamy risotto, even the most wholesome as can be, requires some kind of veggie side dish. And in keeping with the season, these perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts just can’t be ignored. They’re tender, garlicky, and most importantly, easy as hell to throw together.

This side dish is a cinch to make and will absolutely astound you with how flavorful it is. Whether you plan to make this menu or not, keep this Brussels sprouts recipe handy— they’re a wonderful addition to any holiday menu. 

Dinner table with bowls of butternut squash risotto, roasted brussels sprouts, prosciutto, and wine.

Cozy Fall Dinner Menu

Main Dish:  Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Fried Sage and Frizzled Prosciutto
Side Dish: Perfect Garlicky Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Drink: Serve remaining and/or similar wine used in the risotto (a dry white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc)
Dessert: A pear tart would be delicious here, check out this Pear, Hazelnut & Blue Cheese Tart or Pear & Almond Tartletts.

How many does this menu serve?

This menu is best fit for 6 people, but can easily be multiplied to serve more.

Can anything be made ahead?

Go ahead and get the squash roasted ahead of time. You could even purée it (according to the recipe instructions) up to 2 days in advance to cut down on dishes and cooking the day of. Other than that, I would make it all the day of—it comes together faster than you think!

The recipes featured in this menu will be posted over the next few days, so keep an eye out!

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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