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Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto


For the pumpkin risotto
Pumpkin Risotto
  • 570ml/1 pint vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 12 fresh sage leaves, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 170g/6oz arborio (risotto) rice
  • 250g/9oz pumpkin or butternut squash diced small
  • 50g/2oz butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the crispy sage
  • 12-16 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
To garnish
  • piece fresh Parmesan or vegetarian Parmesan-style grated cheese (optional)


  • Heat the stock until almost boiling and then keep over a very low heat. In a separate heavy-based saucepan fry the onion in the oil over a low heat until soft but not browned. Add the chopped sage and cook for a couple more minutes. Add the rice and mix well for a few seconds to coat the grains with oil, then pour in one-third of the stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook until almost all the stock is absorbed. Add the pumpkin or squash and a little more stock, and continue to simmer gently until the stock is absorbed. From then on add more stock a little at a time, until the pumpkin is soft and the rice nicely al dente (has a little bite to it). You may not need all the stock, but the texture should be loose and creamy.
  • When the risotto is almost ready, heat the sunflower oil in a small pan and quickly fry the sage leaves until crispy - it only takes a matter of seconds. Stir the butter into the risotto, and season well with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 bowls and sprinkle a few crispy sage leaves over each portion. Bring the cheese and a grater to the table for your guests to serve themselves.


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