Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Pumpkin Risotto

Here is the recipe I used to cook my first ever pumpkin! I used a basic risotto recipe from the BBC Food site but it ended up being more of a guide!

I started by chopping 1 red onion and 1 white onion, while my boyfriend hacked up a pumpkin with a cleaver!

1 Onion

 Fried the onion a 1tsp olive oil

2 Onion and Rice

 Add in approx. 100g risotto rice per person for large main meal sized portions - stir to coat the rice with the oil/liquid form the onions

3 Pumpkin

 Add a beautifully hacked chopped pumpkin, we had some larger pieces and some smaller pieces but decided the smaller ones are better since they cooked faster

4 Pumpkin In

 Stir in the pumkpin with some vegetable stock - I used about 1.5L total with two organic low salt stock cubes and poured in about one third of this when I added the pumpkin

5 Cooking

 Let the rice and pumpkin simmer a bit and add in some seasoning - I used salt, pepper and thyme. Keep stirring until most of the liquid is absorbed, add more stock and repeat until all of the stock has been used/the desired consistency/texture has been reached - I like it pretty soft and creamy but with a good bit of bite to the rice. You can add more stock if you need/want - just keep tasting as you go along until you are happy with it.

It's best to do this really slowly to get the right texture in the rice and to give the pumpkin time to cook.

6 Stirring

 Stir in some hard cheese like padano or pecorino - I only used 30-40g so the recipe still comes out pretty low cal.

7 Served

And serve!

We piled our plates high and ate most of it, I had the leftovers with some bread the next day but it makes enough for three normal sized meals!


  1. Oh my god, that looks absolutely divine! I *HAVE* to try it and I noticed my local Sainsbury was still stocking pumpkins last night.

    Your pictures are incredible too crappy, you're very talented :)

  2. It was so good, tasted like it must be naughty!

    A glass of white wine in a risotto is also a good call!

    Going to check out sainsburys this week and see if they have any left. If you see munchkin pumpkins I recommend those too!

    And thank you, I'm becoming such a geek at photographing food!


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