Squash and California Prunes Fonduta Risotto

Makes: 4-6Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 bulb of fennel, chopped
  • 1 butternut squash, chopped
  • 3 gloves garlic, grated
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 200g risotto rice
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 150g California Prunes
  • 100g fontina cheese


  1. Heat olive oil over high heat in a large saucepan. Add onions and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 10 minutes or until onions are translucent, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  3. Add the chopped fennel bulb, butternut squash, grated garlic and wine. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Add the rice to the pan and stir.
  5. Add the vegetable stock to the pan 100ml at a time, waiting until the liquid is absorbed before adding the next 100ml. Stir often to make sure that none of the ingredients stick to the pan.
  6. When the rice is cooked, but still slightly al dente, add the chopped California Prunes to the pan, and stir.
  7. Cut the cheese into large cubes, then add to the pan and stir.

Serving Suggestion:   Top with some California Prunes and cubes of cheese, and enjoy with friends and family!


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.