Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto | Playful Cooking

Roasted pumpkin risotto with crispy sage and crunchy pumpkin seeds! Its the perfect season for such meals and also because I can go for pumpkin or risotto any time of the year. Technically, there is no autumn in India and there are still some occasional bouts of rain. But there is this mild chilly feeling in the morning, hinting us that soon we could bring out warm clothes. That’s reason enough for me to start getting hearty with our meals.

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto | Playful Cooking

We both enjoy creamy risotto and I do cook it quite often but rarely does it show up in the blog. Firstly, after doing all the stirring and standing by the stove. After that long cooking of 30 to 40 minutes, I don’t have the enthusiasm to stand any longer for photography. Secondly, I hate to let the risotto rest. It turns lumpy and soggy. Most often, I make it over the weekend for dinner and we eat immediately after it’s prepared. Preferably paired with a glass of wine!

I had initially prepared this dish as collaboration with Foodhall India. Loved the color so much that I couldn’t stop myself from taking a few extra pictures so I could share it out here too.

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto | Playful Cooking

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto | Playful Cooking

The bitter-sweet fresh sage with roasted pumpkin is a classic combination that blends effortlessly. I absolutely love how crispy sage not only adds that robust aroma but also a mild texture to the creamy risotto. It’s a simple meal with not so complex flavor and that makes it very hearty and comforting.

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto | Playful Cooking

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3 cups stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de provence
  • 300 gram pumpkin, peeled and cut in bite size cubes
  • ¼ cup cream/milk
  • 100 gram parmesan cheese
  • few sage leaves
  • toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish, optional
  • salt
  • oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C and scatter the pumpkin cubes evenly in a baking tray. Drizzle oil, sprinkle salt and herbes de provence. Give it a toss and roast it for about 30 minutes or until it’s tender.
  2. Once the pumpkins are cooled, take ¾ of it and blend it to a puree.
  3. Pour the stock/water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Then, bring the heat down to the lowest and let it stay warm.
  4. In a pan, add butter with a little bit of oil and scatter garlic along with onion. Give it a toss, sprinkle salt and let it cook for about a minute.
  5. Add arborio rice, give it a stir and let it cook for a minute.
  6. Ladle little bit of the warm stock/water to the rice, give it a stir and let it cook in medium low heat until the stock/water is absorbed. Once done, add some more stock and continue following the step until the rice is almost al-dente.
  7. Now, mix the puree pumpkin to the rice and give it a mix. Continue cooking until the rice is al-dente.
  8. Pour cream/milk, grate half of the parmesan cheese on top and give it a mix. Finally, toss the remaining roasted bite size pumpkin cubes and give a final mix. Check for salt and add any, if required.
  9. To toast the pumpkin seeds, clean the seeds and dry them using a paper towel or leave it in the open air for a few hours. Once fairly dried, heat little bit of oil in a pan and layer the seeds. Sprinkle salt, chili powder and give it a toss. Continue toasting while tossing them every now and then until they’re golden brown in color.
  10. To make crispy sage leaves, drizzle some oil in a hot pan and layer the leaves. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and take it off to a paper towel.
  11. Serve the risotto warm with crispy sage, toasted pumpkin seeds and shaved parmesan.


Depending on what kind of risotto rice you use, the cooking time might differ accordingly.

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  • Rosa
    September 28, 2016 at 5:11 AM

    A delightful and wonderfully seasonal risotto! I love this series of shots.



  • angiesrecipes
    September 28, 2016 at 5:30 AM

    So autumnal and delicious!

  • Anindya Sundar Basu
    Anindya Sundar Basu
    September 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    no I wont say great pictures as I always do. Instead I love risotto but I hate pumpkin so this is a great combination . And yes the pictures were as usual great

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    September 29, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    I love risotto, this looks like such a cozy fall meal!

  • Laura&Nora @Our Food Stories
    Laura&Nora @Our Food Stories
    October 3, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    what a wonderful autumn recipe, this looks so delicious <3

  • newborn Photoshoot
    newborn Photoshoot
    October 4, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    so tasty rice dishes photoshoot ..

  • Easyfoodsmith
    October 5, 2016 at 3:00 AM

    Ooh yum! Love the flavors of autumn in that bowl of risotto.

  • shravani
    November 25, 2016 at 2:53 AM

    Awesome clicks as usual ! Risotto using pumpkin looks so creamy, dollops of butter and cheese make it more yummy with a hint of garlic makes it soothing and a good fall meal.

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