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Pumpkin, Parmesan and Prosciutto Risotto

pumpkin prosciutto parmesan risotto servedOpinion is divided about how to correctly structure risotto. Purists claim it should be served soupy with very firm grain and simple flavouring. There is no argument from me that this creates an elegant form, especially served as a palate teasing primo piatto.

When risotto is primo e secondo rolled into one however, I like to break with tradition and add enough ingredients to make an Italian swear at my culinary abuse.ย  My Australian risotto is a warming and nutritious dinner in a bowl.

1 kg Jap pumpkin, peeled and deseeded

1 tablespoon olive oil

8 paper thin slices of prosciutto

1 red capsicumpumpkin cut

2 cups canaroli rice

45g butter

1 cup white wine

1/2 – 3/4 litre vegetable stock

3 cloves garlic, minced

100g fresh spinach leaves

60g grated Parmesan cheese

50 g roasted pine nuts

2 tablespoons snipped chives

pumpkin prosciutto parmesan risotto ingreds 2

Chop the pumpkin into 3cm chunks. Divide into 2 batches. Steam one batch until soft. Toss the second batch in olive oil and roast until well caramelized. Set aside.

Lay the prosciutto on a greased oven tray and roast until crisp. Check it frequently. Drain on paper towels, allow to cool, then blitz the prosciutto to a fine crumb in the food processor. Set aside

Roast the pine nuts until golden brown, set aside.

Char grill the capsicum on the gas jet, then allow to steam in a container with a tight fitting lid. When cool enough to handle slip off the skin, deseed and chop into 1 cm dice. Set aside.

When all the vegetables are prepared, bring the stock to the boil then keep it at a low simmer.

Melt the butter, add the rice and cook stirring frequently and golden. Add the wine, and then when absorbed begin adding the stock one ladle full at a time.

When about half the stock has been added to the rice, stir in the pumpkin, red pepper and garlic.

Continue cooking the risotto, adding more stock as it is absorbed, until the grains of rice are al dente.

Stir in the spinach, cook for a further minute, then add the prosciutto crumbs and chives, cook 1 more minute then remove from the heat and stir in the pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.

Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.

Spoon into bowls and garnish with extra pine nuts, chives and prosciutto crumbs.

Makes 4 man sized serves.


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

17 comments on “Pumpkin, Parmesan and Prosciutto Risotto

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  2. Karen
    June 14, 2013

    I will take your risotto over the purist’s version any day…it sounds wonderful.


  3. ohlidia
    June 14, 2013

    Oh, how wonderful! What a great idea! I’d have this risotto in a flash, as with your past risotto with red wine!


  4. Mimi
    June 13, 2013

    To hell with the purists, I say!


  5. tinywhitecottage
    June 13, 2013

    Being a huge risotto fan! Imagining pumpkin and proscuitto together and it sounds so delicious!


  6. mittsandmeasures
    June 13, 2013

    Oh my gosh… I’m always looking for new great risotto recipes. Found one here! This looks fantastic! Thank you!


    • ladyredspecs
      June 13, 2013

      Thanks for the nice compliments, and enjoy the risotto when you make it


  7. ChgoJohn
    June 12, 2013

    You’re right. Pumpkin and prosciutto are meant to be together.This sounds like a delicious way to prepare risotto. Great idea using both steamed and roasted pumpkin. I am really glad I postponed my recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Darya
    June 12, 2013

    I love a nice pumpkin risotto ! And with prosciutto… delicious!


    • ladyredspecs
      June 12, 2013

      I think pumpkin and prosciutto are a match made in heaven, the sweet and the salty, yum!


  9. Fae's Twist & Tango
    June 12, 2013

    I love it! The ingredients are so fabulous. Risotto is one of those dishes that I love, but never made it, and would love to! ๐Ÿ˜€


    • ladyredspecs
      June 12, 2013

      Thanks Fae, glad to see you back from your trip. Was it wonderful?Making risotto is a bit like riding a bicycle, intimidating until you’ve tried, but once you’ve mastered the skill, risotto seems easy. It’s my favourite dish to feed friends.


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