Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pumpkin Risotto

A vegetarian twist on classic Italian risotto!
If you are looking to try something a little different for the Fall or even Thanksgiving, this is a delicious side dish.  The pumpkin flavor is very subtle and adds even more creaminess to this risotto.

1 medium onion, diced
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
4 to 4-1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. fresh ginger - grated or minced
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Salt and Pepper to taste


Pour the stock into a 2-quart saucepan and keep it hot over low heat.  Heat the olive oil in a braising pan over medium heat.  Stir in the onion and cook stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.  Stir in the rice and continue stirring until the grains are coated with oil and the edges become translucent - 1 to 2 minutes.  Pour in the wine and let it boil, stirring the rice, until evaporated.  Season the rice lightly with salt and ladle enough of the hot stock into the pan to barely cover the rice.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the stock is at a simmer.  Cook, stirring constantly until all the stock has been absorbed.  Continue cooking, pouring in the remaining hot stock in small batches and cook until each batch of stock has been absorbed.  Stir constantly until the rice mixture is creamy, 16 to 20 minutes.  Add pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg and basil and simmer until heated through.  Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter until completely melted.



  1. How many servings is this recipe for? Looks delicious and so simple!

    1. Hi Sarah! This makes about 6 generous servings! Happy Fall!


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