[WATCH] Simple pumpkin risotto

Watch Michael Diacono make a simple risotto with pumpkin and Parmesan. At just 20 minutes cooking time, this is easy enough to prepare for a mid-week dinner yet delicious enough to use when entertaining friends. 

Michael Diacono makes a simple pumpkin risotto

Simple pumpkin risotto


  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 500g pumpkin, peeled and chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Rosemary, finely chopped
  • 300g arborio rice
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • 1 litre stock
  • 60g Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped


  1. Melt butter in a large pot and stir fry onion for a few minutes to soften.
  2. Add chopped pumpkin and season well.
  3. Fry gently for 5 mins then add rosemary and rice.
  4. Stir to coat then douse with wine and leave to evaporate.
  5. Start to add the warm stock slowly, stirring often till rice is cooked al dente.
  6. Stir in the cheese then the butter and serve with finely chopped parsley.

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV, aired on TVM on 31 October 2014.