Recipe: Trader Joe’s Creamy Butternut Squash Orzo Risotto


Transform your dinner into a delightful autumn feast with Trader Joe’s products in this simple yet flavorful recipe. This dish uses the versatile Trader Joe’s Orzo, which resembles rice but brings the hearty texture of pasta, creating a perfect risotto-like base.

Trader Joe's Orzo Italian Pasta















Cacio e Pepe Pasta Sauce

Servings: 4-6

Prep & Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 carton (32 oz) Trader Joe’s Organic Hearty Vegetable Broth
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Unsalted Butter
  • 1 bag (16 oz) Trader Joe’s Orzo
  • 1 bag (20 oz) Trader Joe’s Cut Butternut Squash
  • 1 jar Trader Joe’s Cacio e Pepe Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Trader Joe's Organic Hearty Vegetable Broth

Trader Joe's Cut Butternut Squash


  1. Prep the Broth: Start by warming the Trader Joe’s Organic Hearty Vegetable Broth in a medium pot over medium heat until it starts to boil, or microwave it in a safe container for about 2-3 minutes until hot.
  2. Toast the Orzo: In a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium-high heat. Add the orzo and stir continuously, allowing it to toast until it turns a light golden color, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  3. Cook the Risotto: Gently pour the heated broth into the pan with the toasted orzo. Add the pre-cut butternut squash and the creamy Cacio e Pepe Sauce to the mix. Stir well to ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed. Bring the mixture to a light boil, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. The orzo and squash should be tender by the end of this cooking time, with most of the broth absorbed, creating a rich and creamy texture.
  4. Finish with a Tang: Once the orzo risotto is creamy and most of the liquid has been absorbed, turn off the heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to add a subtle tang and enhance the flavors.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Dish out the creamy butternut squash orzo risotto into bowls, and enjoy the warm, comforting flavors that are perfect for a cozy autumn evening.

This dish is a testament to the versatility and convenience of Trader Joe’s products, creating a comforting meal that’s easy to prepare yet rich in flavor and texture. Enjoy your meal with a side of toasted bread or a fresh green salad for a complete dining experience.

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