Mushroom, Pumpkin Risotto Recipe with crunchy bacon

Mushroom, Pumpkin Risotto Recipe with crunchy bacon

By 18/09/2015

Changes of season can affect people in different ways. In autumn, after recharging my batteries with plenty of summer sunshine and fresh air I feel like a new person: happier, full of life and more relaxed. It is incredible what vitamin D can do to you.

After literally pigging out on peaches, cherries, apricots and watermelon all summer I am making the most of the vegetables in season now. Autumn is beautiful and our soil offers us so much. My pantry is well stocked up at this time of year; lots of multicoloured pumpkins, cabbage, corn, leeks.... the more the better.

pumpkin, corn, cabbage, leeks and spinach

I have used a green pumpkin and mushrooms to make a fab risotto for lunch. Some crunchy bacon on top and the perfume of rosemary makes this dish a super dish indeed!

Buon Appetito ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15 minutes



Cut the pumpkin into cubes. Chop the onion finely, make the broth by dissolving 1 Liter / 34 fl oz of hot water with the stock cube.

pumpkin cut into cubes

In a pan stir fry the onion with 1 tbsp of olive oil, add the pumpkin, the rosemary and stir fry for a couple of minutes.

cooking pumpkin

Add the mushrooms and 1/2 glass of hot water. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the mushrooms and the pumpkin have softened a little.

fresh mushrooms

Add the rice, salt and pepper and some hot broth enough to cover up all the rice and cook for 15 to 18 minutes according to packet instructions. Keep topping up with the broth as the rice dries out.

cooking mushrooms and pumpkin

cooking risotto

Cut the bacon into strips and crisp it up in pan over high heat.

When it is cooked remove from the source of heat, add the parmesan, a knob of butter, stir well and serve with a drizzle of olive oil, the crunchy bacon and some finely chopped parsley.

Pumpkin, mushrooms risotto with crunchy bacon





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7 Responses to Mushroom, Pumpkin Risotto Recipe with crunchy bacon

  1. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    This pumpkin risotto looks delightful. What a nutritious lunch. I love the pumpkins and this time of year. I have never used a green pumpkin only orange. I will have to try this recipe as I love risotto and the bacon on top is just perfect. Thanks for sharing…Hope that you enjoyed your lunch…Have a fun weekend..
    Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    How delicious! Both pumpkin and mushroom are my favourites. This is a perfect lunch for me, Alida.

  3. MEl

    Aida, it was such a pleasure finally meeting you on Wednesday! I am now following your blog so I don’t miss any of your yummy recipes. Your risotto is making me so hungry! I wish you lived closer. Stunning photo of the ingredients my lovely; you’ve certainly got the ‘moody shot’ down to a fine art. Pinning your recipe as I want to try it soon. xx

    • Alida

      You are sweet! It was a real pleasure meeting you too and you have given me really good tips. I cannot thank you enough!
      Needless to say that I love your blog too and find it very inspiring. I am sure we will meet again xx

  4. La cucina di Molly

    Che delizioso risotto, funghi e zucca si abbinano benissimo, immagino che profumo, รจ molto invitante, complimenti! Un abbraccio!

  5. Elisabetta

    This risotto spells autumn. Real comfort food. Fabulous photography Alida ๐Ÿ™‚

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