Pumpkin & Sun Dried Tomato Risotto with Basil & Parmesan
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Calories: 530
It's true that risotto generally requires a bit of attention, but we think it's totally worth it! In this dish, the pumpkin slowly cooks with the arborio rice and stock, retaining it's shape. The sun dried tomatoes pack a little punch of extra flavour - finished off with butter and parmesan, it's a little mid-week decadence. Enjoy with a crisp white wine and don't forget to share the moment you plate it on Instagram #youplateit.
  • 1 12 Tbsp of Vege Stock Concentrate
  • 14 Cup of White Wine
  • 300 g of Butternut Pumpkin
  • 1 of Brown Onion
  • 14 Cup of Sundried Tomatoes Pieces
  • 12 Cup of Parmesan (Shaved)
  • 1 Tbsp of Butter (pantry)
  • 34 Cup of Arborio Rice
  • 1 Small Bunch of Basil

Prepare Ingredients:

Peel and small dice 34 of the onion (you will have remainder). Peel and de-seed pumpkin, cutting into 1 cm pieces. Pick basil leaves, discarding stems.

Cook Onion & Pumpkin:

Heat oil in a deep sided pan or pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and pumpkin and cook for 8 minutes, until they begin to soften. Meanwhile boil the kettle and combine 2 cups hot water with vege stock concentrate in a jug.

Add Rice & Wine:

Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the grains of the rice appear glassy. Add the wine and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 - 2 minutes or until the wine has been absorbed.

Add Stock:

Add 12 the stock to the rice mixture. Stir constantly until the liquid is completely absorbed before adding more. Continue adding 12 cupfuls of stock for 15 - 20 minutes or until the rice is tender yet firm to the bite and the risotto is creamy. Add sundried tomatoes and a large handful of baby spinach.

Finish Risotto:

To finish, gently fold through butter and parmesan (reserving a little for garnish). Check seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary.

You Plate It:

Divide risotto between bowls and garnish with reserved parmesan and basil leaves. Serve straight away. Enjoy!