Pumpkin risotto



Pumpkin risotto is a real institution in Italian cuisine: a first course prepared with pumpkin encompassing all the warmth of slow cooking, genuine flavors and good homey smell. A dish of peasant origins, like many of the best dishes of the Italian tradition: only intuition, practice and imagination have been able to transform pumpkin and rice into a dish celebrated today by gourmets and loved by connoisseurs. What is so special about pumpkin risotto and what makes it irresistible? We would have to answer its simplicity; a simplicity that embodies wisdom, care, gestures that are immutable, necessary, and practical. For example, the toasting of the rice, which waterproofs the grains giving them an extraordinary resistance to overcooking; the step-by-step cooking method, adding one ladle of broth at a time, since risotto is not boiled rice; the so-called mantecatura, that moment in which the starch transforms the leftover broth into a cream that, thanks to the final touch of butter, will become even more velvety. Many small gestures of the past, make this dish a delight capable of conquering the most refined palates as well as lovers of simple and genuine flavors. A perfect dish for all occasions, from dinner for two to a Halloween party, excellent with added speck, gorgonzola cheese or sausage. If you follow our step-by-step recipe, pumpkin risotto will have no more secrets for you!

Carnaroli rice 1.8 cups (320 g)
Pumpkin 1.33 lbs (600 g)
Yellow onions 3.5 oz (100 g)
Vegetable broth 1 ½ quart (1.5 l)
Parmigiano Reggiano PDO cheese ¾ cup (80 g)
White wine ¼ cup (60 g)
Butter ¼ cup (50 g)
Black pepper to taste
Fine salt to taste
Extra virgin olive oil 1 ¾ tbsp (20 g)

How to prepare Pumpkin risotto

To cook pumpkin risotto, start by preparing a light vegetable broth, which you will use to cookthe rice. Cut the vegetables, put them in a large saucepan, cover them with water and add salt 1. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil and cook for about 1 hour. Filter the broth (2-3) and keep it warm.

Then start preparing the pumpkin: clean it, cut it into slices 4 and then into small cubes 5. Finely chop the onion 6

and put it in a large pan with the heated oil 7. Let the onion sauté over very low heat for about 10 minutes, until it is very soft 8. Then add the pumpkin 9 and brown it for a few minutes, stirring to keep it from sticking.

Start adding one ladle of broth 10, and then add more, little by little until the pumpkin is cooked (about 20 minutes): it must be very tender and creamy 11. Heat another large frying pan, add in the rice and toast it 12. We use the dry method because toasting the rice, an essential step to ensure the grains will develop their resistance to overcooking, cannot be done in a humid environment such as the one created in the other pan.

keep toasting the rice over high heat until it becomes opalescent, turning it often to avoid burning it. This will take 2-3 minutes. Then add the white wine 13 and stir immediately to avoid sticking. As soon as the wine has completely evaporated, pour the rice into the pan with the pumpkin 14. Mix well to combine the flavors and prevent the rice from sticking 15.

After the wine has evaporated, add a ladle of hot broth 16, and gradually add the next one only after the previous one has been absorbed, until it is properly cooked. This will take 15-20 minutes, depending on the type of rice used. Towards the end of cooking, season with pepper and salt 17. Finally, remove from the burner, add the butter 18

and grated Parmesan cheese 19. Mix with care 20, then add a final ladle of broth if you prefer a creamier risotto. Let it rest for a minute before serving 21.


The pumpkin risotto can be kept closed in an airtight container and refrigerated for 1-2 days at most.


If you want to make your risotto spicier, add a touch of ginger or cinnamon! And for an extra creamy result, try replacing Parmigiano cheese with taleggio cheese!

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