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Roasted Pumpkin and Walnut Risotto

  • Easy
  • Family Friendly

Spoonfuls of soft, roasted pumpkin bring a delicious sweetness to this classic risotto for hearty bowls enriched with cheese and butter and topped with walnuts for a simple and wholly satisfying vegetarian dinner.




Roast Pumpkin

Preheat oven to 200°C fan-forced. Scoop out seeds from pumpkin and discard. Place pumpkin on a lined baking tray, drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil, rub to coat and season with salt. Bake for 45–50 minutes or until soft and caramelised.



Make Stock

Meanwhile, add 750ml (3 cups) water and stock cube to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir to dissolve stock cube. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.



Cook Eschalot

Thinly slice eschalot. Pick oregano leaves from their stems. Heat remaining olive oil in a large, deep frypan over medium heat. Add eschalot and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes or until softened.



Cook Risotto

Add rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until well coated in eschalot. Add hot stock, 250ml (1 cup) at a time, stirring continuously and allowing the stock to be absorbed before adding the next cupful, until all stock has been used, the rice is cooked and mixture has thickened. This will take about 20 minutes. The rice should be creamy, but still retain some bite.



Add Pumpkin

Remove risotto from heat. Using a spoon, scoop pumpkin from its skin and stir through risotto. Discard pumpkin skin.



Plate Up

Roughly chop walnuts. Stir through most of the parmesan, baby spinach leaves, oregano and butter and season to taste. Scatter with walnuts and remaining parmesan to serve.

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