Easy Peasy Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

A few nights ago we had dinner at a restaurant and one of the dishes we had was the pumpkin risotto and I loved it!  I couldn’t wait to give it a try and while purchasing my weekend groceries, I picked up a box of Arborio rice (which is a high-starch Italian-grown grain of rice).   This rice is used for risotto as it is starchy which gives the risotto its creamy texture.

Preparing this dish requires some patience, as you need to stay by the stove and keep stirring the rice and ensure that it does not burn or get too dry.

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto


1 small pumpkin or butternut squash  (cut into small cubes)
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup finely chopped onions
3 cloves garlic, chopped
6 cups hot chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat butter in a heavy pan
  • Saute the onions until they are brown and add the garlic
  • Next add the pumpkin and stir fry with the onions and garlic for a few minutes
  • Add the rice and a ladle of the chicken/vegetable stock and keep stirring continuously until it has been absorbed
  • Keep adding a ladle of stock at a time and continue cooking, stirring often until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, tender but still a little chewy
  • When done, add the grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve immediately while still hot

And as they would say in Italian “godere!” (Enjoy!)


12 Comments on “Easy Peasy Pumpkin Risotto”

  1. Boy, this sounds yummy

  2. Reblogged this on simplequickrecipes and commented:
    Oy, this sounds yummy.

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  4. Yum! Do you think you could sub puréed pumpkin for cubed? I have some puréed on hand

  5. abrooke65 says:

    This looks beautiful. I’ve never actually attempted a risotto, but I love it and may have to start with this when the weather child down.

  6. […] Easy Peasy Pumpkin Risotto (whipadish.wordpress.com) […]

  7. Amber says:

    Lovely risotto! I love the flavours!

  8. […] also check out my other pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Risotto; Pumpkin Soup;  Pumpkin & Capsicum […]

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