Creamy Pumpkin Risotto

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Just when you thought you’d hit your “all things pumpkin” limit for the year, I’m here to prove you wrong.  We are taking pumpkin in a different direction here, a savory one, that is just as comforting and cozy as your favorite pumpkin bread or cake.  

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pumpkin risotto

Let’s not forget that pumpkin is a squash, so when married with wine, shallot, herbs, and parmesan it is luscious and so very flavorful.  

This makes a great side dish, addition to your Thanksgiving table, or even vegetarian main course.  Spoon some roasted Brussels Sprouts on there (inspired by this recipe by The First Mess) and you’ve got a very hearty plant based supper.

“What else can I use?”

  • If you don’t have pumpkin puree you can puree some butternut squash for a similar result.
  • Chicken stock can be substituted for the vegetable stock
  • No pecans?  You can top with walnuts or pistachios, or just leave them of

Don’t let fall go by without making this simple, cozy dinner.  You won’t be sorry.

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Creamy Pumpkin Risotto

The savory notes of shallot, rosemary, wine, and parmesan create a delicious fall dinner that is as nutritious as it is luxurious.
Prep: 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg,, grated or ground
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 5-6 cups vegetable stock, can sub chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped


  • In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable stock to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover, and keep hot while you start the risotto.
  • In a large saute pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil and add the onion with a pinch of salt.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the rice. Cook the rice, stirring, for another 3 minutes to allow each piece of rice to be coated.
  • Add the wine and stir for another minute. Add the sprigs of rosemary.
  • Stir in 1 cup of the stock and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes until liquid has been absorbed.
  • 1 cup at a time, add 3 more cups of the hot stock, waiting until the liquid is absorbed before adding each cup.
  • Stir in the pumpkin puree and a big pinch of salt. Continue the process with the remaining stock, 1 cup at a time, until the rice is tender, about 10 more minutes. The risotto should be loose and spill onto your serving plate.
  • Remove the rosemary stems and taste for salt, adding if needed.
  • Top with parmesan and pecans and serve.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin, rice, risotto, vegetarian
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