Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin risotto with goats cheese

Pumpkin risotto with goats cheese

Quick info

  • Recipe difficulty - medium
  • Preparation time - 10 minutes
  • Cooking time - 25 minutes
  • Serves - 4
  • Dietary - Vegetarian Gluten free
  • Allergens - Milk


This is a lovely, warming recipe that is comforting and filling, especially during the cold winter months. The rice is a great source of energy, the pumpkin is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and also helps keep you feeling fuller for longer.

The recipe can easily be adapted, using a variety of different veg, such as sweet potato, peas, mushrooms or tomatoes.


  • 450g pumpkin flesh, diced
  • 340g Arborio risotto rice
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 860ml vegetable stock
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 55g Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)


  • Chopping board
  • Garlic crusher
  • Kitchen scales
  • Knife
  • Measuring jug
  • Non-stick frying pan
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Wooden spoon


Step 1

In a large frying pan, melt the butter and add the diced onion

Step 2

Fry on a low heat until soft and almost see through

Step 3

Add the garlic and chillies and fry for one minute more

Step 4

Add the pumpkin and rice, stirring until well coated in the buttery juice

Step 5

Season with a generous pinch of pepper before pouring in 1/3 of the veg stock

Step 6

Stir well, while allowing the liquid to be absorbed by the rice before adding another 1/3

Step 7

Continue until all the liquid has been added and absorbed

Step 8

Cook until the rice is soft, but still with a little bite (al dente)

Step 9

The risotto should be creamy when the rice becomes cooked

Step 10

Add the grated cheese if using and stir through before serving

Nutrition per serving portion, with parmesan cheese (serves 4)

Each portion provides on average

Energy 1222kj 292kcal 14.6%

Fat 15.6g 22%

Saturates 9.35g 47%

Carbohydrates 32.2g 32%

Sugars 3.75g 4%

Salt 1.73g 29%

Protein 9.4g Low

Fibre 2.2g Med

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Source of energy

Rice is a good source of starchy carbohydrates, which provides a source of energy as well as important vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A

Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which is essential in the body for the health and function of our skin and other body tissue linings. Vitamin A also helps to keep our immune systems healthy and our vision in dim light.

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