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Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto includes arborio rice, Italian sausage, sage, and pumpkin simmered with a blend of spices and then placed in a small pumpkin and baked in the oven until rice is tender.

This is the perfect fall dish. You can make this as a main course, or as a side dish for Thanksgiving. The best part about this meal is that it takes very little time to prep and then while it’s baking in the oven you can do other things.

Use whatever rice works for you and your preference. In this recipe I used an Arborio rice. Arborio rice is an Italian rice that has a starchy consistency. When cooked it soft and creamy.

To finish the dish I added some fresh Parmesan cheese.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know if you have any questions.

To finish the dish I added some fresh Parmesan cheese.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Ingredient Lists

  • Garlic
  • Shallot
  • Italian sausage
  • Arborio rice
  • Chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Pumpkin or squash
  • Small pumpkins
  • Kale
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Sage leaves
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper
Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin Risotto

Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 pound of Italian sausage, removed from the casing
  • 1 cup of Arborio rice
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1-2 cups of pumpkin or squash, chopped
  • 2 small pumpkins
  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp of sage leaves, chopped
  • avocado oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Using a knife, carefully remove the top of your pumpkins and scoop out the seeds. Save the seeds for another recipe (Spiced up pumpkin seed recipe).
  • Place a medium pan over medium-high heat. Drizzle the bottom with avocado oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage and break it up into small pieces using a wooden spoon, then cook until brown.
  • Next, add the shallots and garlic and saute for one to two minutes until soft and fragrant. Add the squash or pumpkin pieces and saute for about five minutes until nice and soft. Add the kale and Arborio rice, season with salt and pepper, and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add your chicken stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Using a spoon, scoop your rice mixture into each pumpkin.
  • Place the pumpkins in a baking dish and cover the bottom with any remaining rice mixture. Place the baking dish in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Remove it from the oven and add the heavy cream and cheese. mixed together and placed back in the oven for five minutes.
  • To serve, remove the dish from the oven. Sprinkle with extra cheese , if desired. Sprinkle with sage and serve. Enjoy it!

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