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Butternut Squash Risotto

A Soft and Savory Dinner for Toddlers

A gentle, creamy introduction to complex flavors, this Butternut Squash Risotto is perfect for babies exploring the world of solids. Made with simple, nutritious ingredients, it’s a comforting meal that’s easy on little tummies.

Suitable for babies 7 months and older, once they’ve been introduced to solids.

This recipe requires minimal skills.

Total time
30 minutes

Makes approximately 6 servings (1/4 cup each)

Dietary Needs
Gluten-free, can be made dairy-free, vegetarian


  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 200g)
  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice (100g)
  • 2 1/2 cups water, or a mixture of breastmilk or formula and water for cooking (625ml)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or unsalted butter (if baby is ready for dairy) (15ml)
  • Optional: A pinch of dried thyme or rosemary, if already introduced



  1. Peel and cube the butternut squash. Ensure the pieces are small for even cooking.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil or butter over medium heat. Add the cubed squash and sauté until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the Arborio rice to the pan and stir for 1-2 minutes until the grains are well-coated and slightly translucent.
  4. Slowly add the water (or mixture of water with breastmilk/formula for added nutrition), 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently. Allow the liquid to be absorbed before adding more. Continue until the rice is tender and creamy, and the squash is fully cooked, about 20 minutes.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then transfer to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid (water, breastmilk, or formula) as needed to reach the desired consistency.
  6. If you’re including herbs, stir in a pinch of the chosen herb after blending.

It’s always best to add liquid gradually while blending and check the consistency. You can always add more liquid to thin it out but can’t remove it once it’s too thin. Remember, the goal is to achieve a smooth, easily swallowable texture that your baby can manage without difficulty.

Feeding Tips

  • Ensure the risotto is at a comfortable temperature before feeding.
  • Start with a smooth texture, gradually making it chunkier as your baby gets used to solids.
  • Mix with other pureed foods for variety.


  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Freeze in ice cube trays or small containers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.


The values are approximate and can vary depending on the specific ingredients used. This table aims to provide a general overview of the nutritional benefits of this wholesome baby food.

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Calories 70
Protein 1.5g
Carbohydrates 15g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Fat 2.5g
Sodium 10mg
Vitamin A 50% DV
Vitamin C 15% DV
Calcium 2% DV
Iron 4% DV


  • Introduce each ingredient separately before combining them into this recipe to check for any allergies.
  • Adjust the liquid according to your baby’s preference for consistency.


Butternut Squash Risotto is a delicious, nutritious meal for babies making their way into the world of solid foods. Its creamy texture and mild flavors make it a hit among little ones, providing them with essential nutrients for their growth and development. Enjoy this bonding experience as you introduce your baby to new tastes and textures!

Disclaimer: The content available on Little Baby Formula’s website is intended solely for your general knowledge. Little Baby Formula does not offer medical guidance or participate in medical practices. We recommend consulting your pediatrician before picking to use bottle-feeding. Results may differ from person to person.
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I'm Jolibee, a 30-year-old mom of four, sharing my passion for nutritious, homemade baby food. Through easy, tasty recipes, I help busy parents like you nurture healthy eating habits for your little ones from their very first bite.

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