Pumpkin Risotto

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear risotto?

For me is a creamy rice with mushroom and parmesan. Do you like it? I love it! So today I am coming with a new recipe for a different but still delicious risotto.

After the huge amount of pumpkin kilos we harvested last fall in the farm I had to innovate in different ways of cooking it and this one is one of my favourite! We had 5 pumpkins left from the harvest so I decided to use one of them to have one more risotto before we eat them all.

I like cooking big amounts so my portions for 2 people are for people who like eating, like us!

  • 200gr of Rice
  • 300 gr of pumpkin
  • 2 medium onions
  • I use water because our organic pumpkins came out really tasty but you can also use 1/2 litre of vegetable or chicken stock.
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • Grated parmesan

 

Cut the pumpkin and the onion into small cubes. Put them in a pan with some olive oil and cover. Mix once in a while to make sure it doesn’t get burned. (You will know it is enough cooked when pressing the pumpkin with a fork it squashes easily.)

Once cooked add the rice and mix. Add the glass of wine and keep mixing while it cooks for a couple of minutes, until the wine reduces. Add salt and pepper.

Once the wine is reduced add the stock little by little. Do not add it all at once. Add some and let it reduce while mixing. Once it is absorbed by the rice add some more. Keep adding until the rice is enough cooked. The stock or water needs to be added warm, it is important that it doesn’t stop the rice’s boiling process.

Remove from the fire and add some grated parmesan on top, it will melt with the rice heat.

I think it is a really good options if you are going to invite people at home. It is not such a common dish and most probably everyone will like it  (I served it in a tasting we offered in our farm during a weekend of open doors and the 100 visitors who came loved it).

In addition to that, it is not an expensive dish. 1 kilo of rice cost about 4€, 1,5kg of our organic pumpkin cost 3€,  the onions 2€ and the wine 3€. So in total for 12€ you can prepare a delicious main course for 10 people, your guests will leave the house rolling.

For drink I would suggest a white wine, ours is from a local winery and they go so well together!

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