When caramelised pumpkin and risotto come together it is a beautiful parnership. The deep intense and slightly sweet flavours of butternut pumpkin with the creaminess of the risotto rice create a dish that will feature in your kitchen again and again.
You might also want to try Asparagus Risotto, Risotto with Tomato, Eggplant Risotto or Beetroot Risotto. All of the Risotto recipes are here and here. Or browse our Italian recipes here and here. Or browse the Pumpkin recipes here and here.
Pre-prep is possible with this recipe – in the morning, even the night before, put the pumpkin on to roast and beautifully caramelise.
Caramelised Pumpkin Risotto.
Source : From my old Food_Matters Web Site
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins + 40 mins to roast the pumpkin
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it
1/2 butternut pumpkin
100 g butter
1 med red onion
200g arborio rice
80 g parmesan cheese
optional: 50 ml extra dry white vermouth
First roast the pumpkin using the caramelisation method.
When the pumpkin has cooled, scrape the pumpkin flesh from the skins and reserve with the juices.
Melt 50g of the butter and 1 Tblspn olive oil in a large pan, and gently fry the onion until it is soft, about 15 minutes. Add the rice and continue to make a risotto following the Risotto Basics, with around 750 ml – 1 litre of stock.
When the rice is cooked, add the remaining butter in small pieces, the pumpkin, slightly mashed, the parsley, and the vermouth if using.
In this risotto, I also used some of the dried peppers that I made about a month ago. I put them in with the stock and they rehydrated beautifully.