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Creamy Pumpkin Risotto
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 This Creamy Pumpkin Risotto recipe is made with arborio rice and finely diced onions simmered in white wine and chicken broth. Pumpkin puree and a touch of light cream added at the end of cooking make this a perfect Fall main course or appetizer.
Keyword: creamy pumpkin risotto recipe, Fall recipes, how to make risotto
Servings: 4
Calories: 423 kcal
Author: Bernadette
  • 2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup arborio rice (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional, but may need to replace with more chicken broth)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (I used a roasted chicken broth)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (or Parmig1ano Reggiano)
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  1. Put butter and olive oil in a high rimmed pan or pot over medium heat. When the butter melts,add chopped onions to the melted butter and saute for about 3-4 minutes over medium heat.

  2. Meanwhile, heat chicken broth in another medium pot. You want to have the broth hot, but not boiling or even simmering.

  3.  Add the arborio rice to the sauteed onions and stir continuously for 3 minutes.

  4. Add white wine, and cook, stirring continuously, until the wine is fully absorbed into the rice. Substitute additional chicken broth if desired. 

  5. Add white wine, and cook, stirring continuously, until the wine is fully absorbed into the rice. You can skip this part if you want to and use chicken broth only.
  6. Add the chicken broth, one soup ladle at a time. Let each ladle full of broth fully absorb into the rice before adding more. You will need to stir the rice often, almost continuously, at this point. You want the broth absorbing into the rice lightly simmering, not at a full boil, in order to give the rice time to fully cook, so adjust the heat as needed. When you are down to the last ladle or two of broth, taste the rice before you add more. The rice is done when it is al dente (fully cooked, but firm to the bite).
  7. Stir in pumpkin puree, grated Romano cheese (or Parmigiano-Reggiano), and light cream. Cook for just a minute or two more, stirring continuously, until the cream is fully absorbed and the pumpkin clings to the rice.

  8. Serve this Creamy Pumpkin Risotto immediately. Leftovers can be covered and refrigerated, but the risotto may not be as creamy reheated.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pumpkin Risotto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 853mg37%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 9835IU197%
Vitamin C 16.4mg20%
Calcium 172mg17%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.