As the leaves start to turn shades of amber and gold, and the air adopts that unmistakable crispness, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a warm, comforting dish that captures the essence of fall. Today, I’m sharing a recipe that marries the creamy goodness of risotto with the quintessential fall ingredient – pumpkin! Let’s dive into this bowl of autumnal goodness.
Creamy Pumpkin Risotto
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup white wine (optional)
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth, kept warm
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- A pinch of nutmeg
- Fresh parsley or sage for garnish
- Begin with the Basics: In a large skillet or pot, heat the olive oil or butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, and sauté until translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
- Rice Time: Pour in the Arborio rice, stirring constantly, and cook until the rice has a slightly translucent edge (about 1-2 minutes). If using, deglaze the pan with the white wine, letting it cook away.
- Gradual Addition: Start adding the warm broth one ladle at a time, stirring frequently. Allow each addition to mostly absorb before adding the next. This process should take about 18-20 minutes.
- Pumpkin Magic: Once the rice is tender and you’ve used most of the broth, stir in the pumpkin puree. Mix well, ensuring it’s fully incorporated.
- Final Touches: Remove from heat and stir in the grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and a hint of nutmeg. Give it one final stir to let all the flavors meld.
- Serve & Enjoy: Dish out generous portions, garnish with fresh parsley or sage, and perhaps an extra sprinkle of Parmesan. Serve immediately!
This Creamy Pumpkin Risotto is more than just a dish; it’s an embodiment of fall, a hug in a bowl if you will. The pumpkin lends a subtle sweetness and earthiness, while the Parmesan brings a saltiness that beautifully balances the dish.
Enjoy it with a glass of your favorite wine, or pair it with a fresh salad for a complete meal. However you choose to have it, you’re bound to fall in love with fall all over again.
Until next time, happy cooking and enjoy those autumn vibes! 🍁🍃🎃
I hope this fall-friendly recipe brings warmth and joy to your kitchen! Enjoy your cooking adventure!