When it gets cold outside, there’s nothing better than warming up with creamy pumpkin risotto! Tasty, warm, creamy… pumpkin risotto is a simple recipe that you can cook on many occasions during the autumn and winter season.
You can prepare creamy pumpkin risotto using the type of pumpkin you prefer: in Italy we often use Mantuan pumpkin or delica, but a good alternative is also butternut squash. For a perfect result of the pumpkin risotto I recommend using an Italian Carnaroli or Arborio rice; if you can’t find it, you can use a specific rice for risotto. To make the pumpkin risotto creamy and tasty, you need to add butter and Parmesan cheese at the end of cooking and mix thoroughly (in italian: ‘mantecare’).
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- DifficultyVery easy
- CostVery cheap
- Preparation time10 Minutes
- Cooking time30 Minutes
- Serving4 servings
- Cooking methodStove
Ingredients for creamy pumpkin risotto (4 servings)
- Power 586,30 (Kcal)
- Carbohydrates 89,05 (g) of which sugars 4,32 (g)
- Proteins 11,17 (g)
- Fat 20,58 (g) of which saturated 7,42 (g)of which unsaturated 3,39 (g)
- Fibers 1,99 (g)
- Sodium 667,34 (mg)
Indicative values for a portion of 300 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.
* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: https://www.crea.gov.it/alimenti-e-nutrizione https://www.alimentinutrizione.it ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov
How to prepare creamy pumpkin risotto
To prepare the creamy pumpkin risotto, start by cleaning the pumpkin: remove the seeds; with a sharp knife and very carefully cut off the peel. Cut it into cubes; finely chop the onion and place it in a large pan with the oil. Turn the flame to low intensity.
Cook the pumpkin risotto for about 15 minutes, stirring often and adding more hot broth when the one previously added has been absorbed.When the rice is cooked, to make it creamy, you need to “mantecare” it (this is the term we use in Italian, for which I cannot find the right equivalent in English).
“Mantecare” the risotto means adding butter and Parmesan cheese at the end of cooking, stirring thoroughly until they are mixed with the rice. This is the secret to having a creamy pumpkin risotto.
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Tips and variation
This is a basic version of creamy pumpkin risotto, but this recipe can be enriched in many different ways: for example, you can add a chopped sausage or a few slices of bacon to be cooked separately until it is crispy and to be added on top of the risotto.
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