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November 2, 2022 | Recipes | Marina Elettra Snow

Nina's Pumpkin Risotto Recipe

Nina’s Pumpkin Risotto is delicious and will add a little Italian flavor to your holiday meal! This is a traditional Italian dish from Northern Italy and very popular in Italy during the fall season.

Her secrets:

  • Make sure you have the right rice, her go-to is Vialone Nano but Canairoli or in a pinch Arborio will work too
  • Use an espresso cup of rice per person to get the right serving size. Works every time!
  • Homemade broth! A good quality vegetable broth will do just fine as well.

~ Nina’s Pumpkin Risotto ~

  • Peel and cut into small cubes about 1 pound of pumpkin or butternut squash.
  • In a saucepan, heat until piping hot 6 cups of broth and have it ready.
  • In a large sauté pan, add half a medium onion finely diced, 3 pats of butter and a bit of EVOO. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add diced pumpkin and a ladle of hot broth and let simmer over medium heat, covered for about 10 minutes.
  • When the pumpkin has absorbed most of the broth and is fork tender, remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, add another 3 pats of butter, a bit of EVOO and the other half of the medium onion finely diced. Sauté until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add rice to the onions over high-heat and toast until juices have been absorbed and the rice starts to release a nutty aroma.
  • Just as the rice starts to stick, deglaze with 1/2 cup of leftover white wine or prosecco, stirring constantly.
  • Once the wine has cooked off, continue to add hot broth to rice and onion mixture one ladle at a time, stirring until the liquid is almost completely absorbed. Do this until the rice arrives at the desired texture. Depending on your taste, this takes about 5-6 cups of broth; Nina likes it very “al dente”!
  • Add sauteed pumpkin and onion mixture to rice, being careful not to add any liquid from the pumpkin. Stir in a few slices of butter and plenty of fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Serve immediately with Nina’s favorite prosecco, Zucchetto’s PuroFol - Extra Brut available at A match made in heaven! Enjoy!


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