One Pot Rice and Butternut Squash

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course, vegetarian main course


This vegetarian one pot rice dish is easy to throw together but is a well-balanced, filling meal. Make sure you use a solid curry powder- it can make or break the dish!



  • 4 teaspoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1/2 medium red onion (minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup short grain brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups 1/4-inch cubed butternut squash (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (drained/rinsed if using canned)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Scallions (for serving)
  • Cilantro (for serving)


  1. In a 3 qt (or 5 qt) dutch oven, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion and cook until onion is translucent and fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Next, add in the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil followed by the brown rice. Stir until the rice is well coated with oil.
  3. Stir in the squash, chickpeas, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Then add in the tomatoes and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to the lowest simmer, cover, and let cook for 45 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Sprinkle with scallions and cilantro before serving.


Tips & Tricks: As noted, if the rice isn’t coated with oil, the tomatoes will stop the rice from cooking fully and you will end up with al dente rice. Don’t skip this step.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: short grain brown rice, butternut squash, stewed tomatoes

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Nutrition: See the information.


  • Calories: 414
  • Sugar: 7.9
  • Sodium: 954.5
  • Fat: 12.6
  • Carbohydrates: 70.5
  • Fiber: 11.5
  • Protein: 10.3
  • Cholesterol: 0