This pumpkin risotto recipe is the second exploring similar ingredient and flavour profiles that create different dishes, both hail from Italy, well kinda and both of them rely on pumpkin puree as their foundation. Cooking is really simple, it is a series of techniques which can all be learned and then a set of flavours and textures that work well together, then you can play those ideas together in the same way music and takes chords and notes to form riffs. Food is rarely innovative or new, but reworkings of things that make our bellies and tastebuds go, Mmmmmmm. So anyway back to this pumpkin risotto, just like my earlier pumpkin gnocchi recipe works with my favourite pumpkin buddies, blue cheese and nuts, however this time round I am working with walnuts and blue cheese. If your house is anything like mine you will definitely have some blue cheese and nuts lying around at this time of year so why not do something new with them.
Like all risotto recipes this does take some time but no skill, if you can stir you can make risotto, the secret is patience and nothing else… I have seen all sorts of foolproof shortcut risotto recipes and they always confuse me a little as to why the are recipe. This pumpkin risotto is foolproof, all traditional risotto recipes are foolproof, add stock and stir whilst liberally lubricating your stirring arm with wine and keeping your head clear with good music. Keep stirring until rice is cooked, I’m not sure it gets any more simple than that 😀
It would be rude of me not to say thank you all for sharing my kitchen with me this year, It has been a thrill to read your comments here and on my other social media streams and I look forward to more of the same over the coming year.
Pureed Pumpkin Risotto with Walnuts
I can't think of anything more homely than a good risotto and this pumpkin risotto sings with the flavours of autumn and winter!
1Stick of Celery.Finely Diced.
1Garlic Clove.Finely Diced.
150gArborio Risotto Rice.
50gShelled Walnuts.Chopped in half.
Salt and pepper.The amount of salt required will vary greatly depending on your stock so you will need to rely on your taste buds.
Heat the vegetable stock to a slow simmer.
In a large frying pan heat the butter over a medium heat and then add the onion and celery and cook for 10 minutes until softened.
Add in the rice stirring until the grains become translucent at the edges.
Turn up the heat to medium high and add in the white wine and stir until all of the wine has disappeared, then add in the dried sage.
Now you need to slowly stir in the hot vegetable stock a ladle full at a time, stirring continually, making sure all of the stock has been incorporated each time and the pan is dry.
Repeat this until all of the stock is incorporated and the rice is cooked with a very slight bite which should take between 25 and 35 minutes.
Now stir in the pumpkin puree and bring to temperature, then place on a lid and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
Whilst the risotto is resting take the extra 25g of butter and melt in a separate pan and use it to toast off the walnuts.
Serve the risotto with the butter toasted walnuts and crumbled Roquefort cheese.
Making Pumpkin Puree is simple, cut your pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and then rub the oil into the cut face of the pumpkin, sprinkle over the salt and roast for an hour and a half or until soft at 200°C. Allow to cool and pass through a vegetable mill.