Friday, October 21, 2011

Fresh Pumpkin Risotto

So often with pumpkin we only think of sweet dishes, but this savory risotto is so good! We decided to use fresh pumpkin in this recipe, which really adds to the deliciousness of the recipe, in our opinion. 

Check out the links below to see other pumpkin recipes from our fellow Recipe Redux members! Their recipes sound delicious.

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 small sweet pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Take your pumpkin and wash the outside. Chop it into two halves, clean it out, and remove stem.

2. Fill a 8x10 pan with 1 inch of water. Place the two halves of the pumpkin face down in the water and put in oven.

3. After 30 minutes, take one of the halves out of the pan. Return other half to oven. Skin and chop the first half into tiny pieces and set aside (about 2 cups). Leave the other half in for another 30 minutes (60 minutes total), and then puree the meat of the pumpkin (about 2 cups). You may have leftover pumpkin to use in one of the other pumpkin recipes we've linked to on the bottom of this post!

4. Cook the brown rice, but replace 4 cups of water with white grape juice and chicken broth. Rice should be al dente--cooked, but still slightly firm.

5. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Saute onion, garlic, and diced pumpkin until onion and garlic are soft. Add the cooked rice and saute for about 3 more minutes.

6. Add pureed pumpkin, stir, and serve immediately.

What's your favorite way to use pumpkin? We'd love to hear about your favorite pumpkin recipes!

  • Cherie Schetselaar - Grain Crazy - Fresh Pumpkin Risotto
  • Alexandra Caspero- Delicious Knowledge - Pumpkin Enchiladas
  • Katie Hamm - Healthy & Happy Hour - Pumpkin-Bacon Penne
  • Alysa Bajenaru - Inspired RD - Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Fries
  • Everyday Tastiness - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
  • Dr Barb, Nutriton Budgeteer - Pumpkin Chili Chicken Pizza
  • Elizabeth Jarrard- Don't (White) Sugar Coat It - Vegan Pumpkin Soup
  • Kristen Bourque- Swanky Dietitian - baked pumpkin oatmeal
  • Marie Spano - Cream cheese Pumpkin muffins
  • Regan @ The Professional Palate - Pumpkin Ravioli in a Walnut-Sage Cider Sauce
  • Danielle Omar - Food Confidence RD - Pumpkin Goulash
  • Emma @ The Hearty Heart - (Vegan) Cocoa Pumpkin (Whiskey) Mousse
  • gretchen - kumquat - baked mini pumpkins
  • Emma Stirling - The Scoop on Nutrition - Recipe Redux Chermoula Chickpea & Pumpkin Sliders
  • Janel Funk: Eat Well with Janel - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
  • Nicole @ Whole Health RD - Kaddo Bourani - Candied Pumpkin with Yogurt and Meat Sauce
  • Yuri - Chef Pandita - Pumpkin Apple Soup
  • Lisa @ Healthful Sense - Pumpkin Cream Pie Filling & Pudding
  • Jessica Fishman Levinson - Nutritioulicious - Recipe Redux: Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Jane Schwartz, RD -
  • Kat Lynch - Eating The Week - Pumpkin yogurt dip for waffle sticks
  • Katie Caputo- East Meats West - Pumpkin Stuffing
  • Serena @ Teaspoon of Spice - Whole Pumpkin Cheddar Gratin
  • Kristina @ Love and Zest - Pumpkin Mash
  • Carrie Miller - Nutrition Know How - Baked Stuffed Pumpkin & Pumpkin Orange Muffins
  • Ann Dunaway Teh - Eat to Nourish, Energize & Flourish - Pumpkin, Squash and Apple Soup
  • Kara Lydon - Peace, Love, and Food - Pumpkin Yogurt Dip
  • Stephanie Howard - Give Them Something Better - Fall Harvest Chili
  • Karman Meyer-Nutrition Adventures - Pumpkin-Potato Breakfast Hash
  • Ayla Withee- Eat Simply - Salt and Vinegar Pumpkin Seeds
  • Heather Calcote - Dietitian on the Run - Pumpkin Rosemary & Mushroom Quinoa
  • Jill Melton-The Relish Dish - Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin
  • EA-The Spicy RD - Pumpkin Pesto Bruschetta
  • Liz Weiss & Janice Newell Bissex - Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen - Ghoulishly Good Stuffed Sugar Pumpkin
  • Diane Welland - Eat Well, Eat Clean - Pumpkin Cranberry Scones
  • Rebecca Noseworthy - It's a Savoury Life - Fall Pumpkin Chili

    1. Love this! Risotto is one of my favorite foods, thanks for posting this.

    2. Cherie great recipe. I also love the risotto recipes from Tessa Kiros. Do you have one of her cookbooks? Emma

    3. Thanks Emma and Alex. I have not ever tried that cook book Emma. It sounds yummy! :)

    4. I love risotto & so often forget that you can really add a lot of flavor with purees like this. What a great fall recipe!

    5. LOVE risotto and this recipes is now in my "must make" pile. So curious to try the grape juice with chicken broth as ingredients - great addition to this month's Redux!

    6. Brown rice + pumpkin = love! Am always looking for more ways to get my family to eat brown rice! And this looks delish!

    7. Looks like a great recipe and I love risotto! Interesting addition of the grape juice too. Happy ReDux!

    8. this sounds amazing! i can't wait for fall foods. I love the summer freshness that comes with warmer weather, but i so miss the coziness of pumpkin laced meals!