Healthy Risotto di Zucca Recipe


  • 1 pound Pumpkin flesh (or Butternut Squash), chopped into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary or Oregano
  • 2 Shallots, peeled & finely chopped
  • 300g (1 1/2 cups) Arborio Rice
  • 1 Garlic Clove, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 5 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  • Warm 1 tbsp of the butter & 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat
  • Add chopped pumpkin or butternut squash along with the whole sprigs of rosemary to the warm skillet and cook for 20 minutes until very soft
  • If using butternut squash instead of pumpkin add 1/4 of water to the skillet to help moisten the squash while cooking, pumpkin on the other hand will create its own moisture and no additional water is necessary
  • While pumpkin or squash is cooking, begin warming vegetable broth in a separate stock pot
  • Discard rosemary sprig and set the cooked pumpkin aside
  • Warm 1 tbsp of butter and 2 tbsp of olive oil in large skillet with high sides over medium heat
  • Gently sauté the shallots, stirring frequently for 2 minutes until softened
  • Add arborio rice to the onions and gently sauté, stirring consistently for an additional 3 minutes
  • Add garlic to the rice and sauté, stirring consistently for an additional 30 seconds
  • Add one ladle of warm broth to the rice along with all of the cooked pumpkin and any liquid, stirring gently but consistently
  • Gradually add remaining broth one ladle at a time until each is absorbed by the rice, stirring frequently throughout the 20 to 25 minute process
  • When adding the last of your broth at around 18 to 20 minutes, combine well with a vigorous stir, then reduce heat to medium-low and cover to cook rice through for the last 5 minutes, checking to make sure rice is done
  • Remove from heat, then incorporate the remaining tbsp of butter, grated parmesan cheese, salt & pepper, stirring well to combine

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