Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

Years ago I was visiting a friend of mine who also likes to cook. Neither of us had made risotto before, mainly because the stirring, stirring, stirring part of it makes it sound complicated and time consuming. But, that evening we bit the bullet and made one. It came from one of her cookbooks (I know not which one). When I got home, I decided I liked the risotto so much, that I would have a go at it myself. As I did not remember the receipe, I adlibed a bit, so this is as much mine as the person who ispired us to give it a go. My friends have since dubbed this "Emma Risotto".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the pumpkin and leek in the 100mL vegetable stock in a large heavy based pot until the leek has wilted and the liquid almost gone.
  2. Transfer the vegetable mix to a bowl.
  3. Heat the oil in the pot and add the rice.
  4. Fry until the rice becomes translucent.
  5. Add the wine and cook over medium heat, stirring until the liquid is almost gone.
  6. Progressively add the remaining stock in 250mL lots, returning the rice to the boil after each addition and then lowering the heat to a steady simmer, stirring as you go.
  7. There is no need to stir continuously, just enough to stop the rice sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Don't add more stock until the liquid from the previous addition has almost been absorbed.
  9. Add the peas with the third addition of stock.
  10. Add the pumpkin mixture with the last addition of stock.
  11. The dish is ready when the rice is aldente and the mixture is a little wet.
  12. Add the pesto and cheese and stir for a minute.
  13. Let the risotto sit, covered, for five minutes and serve with shaved parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.
Most Helpful

i made this exactly as per recipe and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! As a vegetarian it can be tricky to find GREAT dishes, but this was outstanding. My better half commented that he would pay $30 or more for a risotto in a nice restaurant that wouldn't be as good as this. thank you!

jclee September 04, 2008

Thanks for sharing this lovely risotto recipe. It was light and flavoursome...not as heavy and rich as most risotto's. I was searching Zaar to find a use of the leftovers in my veg drawer....this one worked a treat as was loved by my vegetarian daughter. :)

Stardustannie August 11, 2008

incredible. i'm not actually a fan of risotto normally, and made this dish because i had some pumpkin and leek at home. my flatmate and partner both told me it was the best risotto they'd ever had. i used the arborio rice, peas, and i threw in some corn and garlic also.

bellsforher January 14, 2007