Are you looking for a vegetarian delicious risotto? Find how to make a creamy pumpkin risotto in just under 40 minutes. Well, I have the perfect recipe for you! Super creamy and very easy to make. Even if this is your first homemade risotto.
It’s finally pumpkin season! I’ve meant to do this recipe for quite a while now. But it always seems more suitable to make a pumpkin dish in the fall/winter season.
Am I right?
It may seem strange, but I’m in love with that season. The leaves are so crunchy right now. I feel like a baby when I go out, step on the leaves, and when I hear them crunching.
So, today we are going to be making an easy and delicious Italian pumpkin risotto. The spooky season is not all about just candies, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin spice latte.
There’s something about eating a perfectly cooked risotto on a cold evening. Feeling the rich flavor of fall vegetables makes me very happy and gives me many ideas about what I can cook for my family.
I just found among my friends that many of them avoid cooking Italian risotto. They are thinking that cooking perfect rice can be a tricky task.
If you give a little attention to the risotto, you will succeed every time with it. I really tried to make the recipe as easy as possible. So please don’t feel put out and give it a try.
Regarding the pumpkin, it’s important to choose the right one.
Don’t grab the first pumpkin that you will find. I don’t advise using your Jack-o’-lantern from your front yard. For better taste, we will need to find a sweet and delicious pumpkin. Butternut and buttercup squash would work great in this recipe. You can also use a kabocha squash. They all are quite sweet, so choose the one that works for you.
You should also know that different kinds of rice are used for different dishes.
For this recipe, use short-grain rice when you are making risotto. If you are looking for an exact name, then for a creamy risotto, use “Carnaroli” rice or “Arborio” rice. Also, check a more detailed article on what types of rice to use for risotto.
Because these two types of rice have a big quantity of starch and as a result, they will give to your risotto an increased creaminess and the right risotto texture.
The pumpkin and rice combo is simply the best thing ever! The delicious creamy meal will leave everyone satisfied.
This dish can offer you a perfect date night with your partner. Organize a spooky movie night and cook a homemade Italian Pumpkin Risotto.
Just imagine blankets on a couch, a warm creamy meal, two glasses of good white wine, and your partner near you.
What can be better on a cold fall evening?
Don’t forget to share the recipe with your friends! Let’s get started!
What ingredients do you need for a perfect Pumpkin Risotto?
- 3 cups of pumpkin
- 5 cups of vegetable broth
- 2 cups of rice
- ½ cup of white wine
- ½ cup of finely chopped onions
- 1 cup of parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons (40 gr.) of butter
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
👩🍳 Step-by-step Directions
Get ready all the ingredients that we need for this recipe and let’s begin.
Pour 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil into a pan. Warm up a little bit the oil and then add the chopped onions. Cook the onions until it will start to become transparent (2-3 minutes).
Add the chopped pumpkin into the pan and mix well all the ingredients. Cook the pumpkin for about 5 minutes and mix the vegetables from time to time.
Now its time to add the rice above the pumpkin. Mix all the ingredients well and cook them for about 4-5 minutes until the rice will become transparent.
Add the white wine and continue to cook at medium to high heat.
By cooking on medium to high heat, you will evaporate all the alcohol from the wine. As a result, we will keep only a fine aroma of the wine.
Add broth little by little and mix continuously. This is the secret of getting a creamy risotto. You need to add the broth a little at a time, and to mix constantly while cooking.
Repeat the process every time after the broth will be absorbed by the rice.
Over and over again until you will use all the broth.
Add ½ teaspoon of salt, or adjust it to your taste. But keep in mind that after the salt, we will add also the parmesan that is also salted.
Add 1 cup of parmesan and 40 grams of butter. If you like more cheese and creamy results, you can increase the amount of butter and parmesan.
Mix well all the ingredients and have a great meal.
Our creamy and delicious risotto is ready to be served! You can sprinkly a little bit of freshly grated parmesan over it.
Answering Your Questions About Pumpkin Risotto:
Can you use canned pumpkin in the risotto recipe?
Sure, you can use the canned pumpkin but in that case, you will need to change a little bit the cooking process. You will add the pumpkin after you will evaporate the wine. Otherwise, follow the recipe.
Can You Freeze Pumpkin Risotto?
Not recommended. You must eat the risotto immediately because it will lose its creamy texture.
What Goes Well With Pumpkin Risotto?
A good white wine 🙂
Pumpkin Risotto Recipe
- Prepare all the ingredients.
- Add the olive oil and chopped onions to a pan. Cook them for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chopped pumpkin and cook it for about 5 minutes.
- Add the rice cook it for about 4-5 minutes until the rice will become transparent.
- Add the white wine and continue to cook at medium to high heat.
- Add broth little by little and mix continuously.
- Repeat the process every time after the broth will be absorbed by the rice.
- Over and over again.
- Add ½ teaspoon of salt, or adjust it to your taste.
- Add 1 cup of parmesan and 40 grams of butter.
- Mix well all the ingredients. Enjoy!
I highly recommend reading the entire recipe to find more tips and notes about this recipe. Read Full Recipe ⇑
This looks absolutely delicious. Risotto has always been so intimidating to me. But you make it look so easy to make.