Recipe from Bites: Pumpkin Risotto

by Jessie on October 12, 2012

A friend of mine has a pumpkin party each year where every guests brings a dish with pumpkin in it. One year I brought this risotto recipe. It was my first experience roasting a pumpkin and I followed these instructions.

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3 1/4 cups peeled, cubed pumpkin
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic
1 onion, diced
1 cup baby spinach leaves
6 ounces feta cheese, cubed
salt and pepper
2 cups Arborio rice


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush a baking dish with olive oil.

Place pumpkin in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender but still firm. Transfer pumpkin to baking dish, and brush with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a saucepan. Cook onion and garlic until tender. Stir in rice, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add vegetable broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently and allowing all the liquid to be absorbed before adding more broth.

Continue cooking until the rice is tender to the tooth, and then season with salt and pepper to taste.

When the pumpkin is almost done, place feta on a baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven until the cheese is hot, and is beginning to melt along the edges.

Mash 1/2 of the pumpkin, and stir into the risotto with the spinach. Ladle risotto into bowls, and top with remaining pumpkin cubes and heated feta.

Jessie is the mother of three sweet kids and the author of Bites, a recipe blog that will make your mouth water.  Make sure to follow Bites on Facebook so you don’t miss a single recipe.

Make sure to follow Melody’s All Things Pumpkin Pinterest Board for even more ideas.

If you are wondering where is the best place to get pumpkin, you can pick up organic canned pumpkin at Vitacost for $.99 per can or from Amazon for $1.75/can.  Costco also has a great price on Libby’s canned pumpkin this time of year.

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