Pumpkin Pistachio Risotto Recipe

Madhuli Ajay
Pumpkin Pistachio Risotto Recipe
992 ratings.

Pumpkin and Pistachios are paired together to make this aromatic Italian style rice preparation. The humble pumpkin adds its characteristic sweetness to this creamy rice. This Pumpkin Pistachio Risotto recipe is very simple but requires some patience, since the rice needs to be constantly stirred. You can add some dry white wine to the rice if you like. It is best to serve this risotto as soon as it is made.

Pumpkin Pistachio Risotto makes for a comforting weeknight meal.

Other recipes you can try with pumpkin are:

  1. Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Carrot Soup Recipe
  2. Pumpkin and Spinach Quesadillas Recipe
  3. Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce Recipe with Broccoli

Cuisine: Italian Recipes
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

25 M

Total in

35 M


2 Servings


  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 2 cups Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin) , chopped 
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pinch Saffron strands , optional
  • 3 cups Vegetable stock , (or as required)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 2 tablespoon Butter (Salted)
  • 2 teaspoon Rosemary , chopped (you can also use sage or basil leaves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns , crushed
  • 2-3 tablespoon Pistachios , chopped or sliced

How to make Pumpkin Pistachio Risotto Recipe

  1. To begin making the Pumpkin Pistachio Risotto, first warm the stock.

  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and onion.

  3. Sauté till the onion just softens, but does not brown.

  4. Add the rice and stir.

  5. Sauté for a minute till the rice starts getting translucent.

  6. Add a ladleful of the warm stock.

  7. Crush the saffron with salt and add to the rice.

  8. Stir and cook till the stock almost evaporates.

  9. Add another ladleful of stock. Stir and cook again.

  10. Repeat till the rice is just cooked, till it still has a bite to it.

  11. Take it off the heat.

  12. Add herbs, pepper, cheese and butter.

  13. Mix and keep covered for a minute or two till it becomes creamy.

  14. Garnish with pistachios and your Pumpkin Pistachio Risotto is now ready to be served.