Creamy Pumpkin Risotto


Vegan Pumpkin Risotto

10 Tips for cooking this dish

  1. Use warm broth: Always add warm broth to the rice to maintain the cooking temperature and ensure even cooking.
  2. Stir continuously: Keep stirring the risotto to release the rice's starches, resulting in a creamy texture.
  3. Toast the rice: Lightly toasting the Arborio rice in oil before adding any liquid enhances its flavor and texture.
  4. Don't rush: Add broth slowly, allowing the rice to absorb the liquid gradually; this is key to achieving the perfect risotto texture.
  5. Use good quality pumpkin puree: For a richer flavor, opt for homemade or high-quality canned pumpkin puree.
  6. Finish with butter and cheese: Stirring in butter and Parmesan at the end adds richness and depth to the risotto.
  7. Season properly: Adjust salt and pepper towards the end of cooking to ensure the seasoning is just right.
  8. Use fresh sage: Fresh sage leaves add a beautiful aroma and flavor that complements the pumpkin wonderfully.
  9. Serve immediately: Risotto is best enjoyed when it's creamy and loose, so serve it as soon as it's ready.
  10. Experiment with toppings: For added texture, consider topping with roasted pumpkin seeds or crispy pancetta.

Serve it with suggestions

Pair this Creamy Pumpkin Risotto with a simple arugula salad dressed in lemon vinaigrette to add a fresh, peppery contrast to the rich, creamy risotto. A glass of crisp, dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio complements the dish's flavors beautifully, making for a delightful dining experience.


Q: Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned puree?
Yes, you can roast and puree fresh pumpkin for a more authentic flavor. Ensure it's well-pureed for a smooth consistency in the risotto.

Q: Is it possible to make this risotto dairy-free?
Absolutely! Substitute the butter with olive oil and use a vegan Parmesan alternative to make this dish dairy-free.

Q: Can I add meat to this risotto?
Yes, crispy pancetta or bacon can be added for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

Q: How do I store leftovers?
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently, adding a little broth or water to restore creaminess.

Q: Can I freeze pumpkin risotto?
Freezing is not recommended as it can affect the texture. It's best enjoyed fresh.

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