Pumpkin Sausage Risotto served in a pumpkin

Pumpkin Sausage Risotto served in a pumpkin

By 29/10/2014

More pumpkin recipes! I will be having a Halloween dinner party for the magic night of the 31st and I thought of the idea of a risotto served in a carved pumpkin would be fun and cute for this occasion. I needed to test it and it worked really well.

After scooping the pulp out of the pumpkin I cooked the whole pumpkin in the oven for 1 hour. In the meantime I cooked the risotto and then I served it into the hot carved pumpkin.

I added some Italian sausage to the risotto and of course, pumpkin. The queen of Halloween celebrations.  It was tasty!

  • Prep Time : 35 minutes
  • Cook Time : 1h 35 min



Let' s begin by cutting the top off the pumpkin and scooping out the pulp.

carving pumpkin

Cover the pumpkin and the top with tinfoil and bake it in the oven at 200 C  for 1 hour


Cook the pumpkin's pulp until soft in a sauce pan with a little water for about 20 minutes then whiz it and reduce it into a puree

pumpkin puree

Remove the skin of the sausages (if needed) then chop them into small chunks


Bring 1,5 Liters of water to the boil, add the stock cube and make a broth.

Chop the onion finely and stir fry it in a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add the sausage and cook it for 10 minutes until it looks nice and brown.

cooking sausage

Add the rice and the wine and continue stirring for a couple of minutes. Add the pumpkin puree, salt and pepper, and slowly pour the stock into the risotto as it dries out. Cook for 15-18 minutes according to packet instructions and add a knob of butter at the end.

making risotto

Serve the risotto in the warm carved pumpkin and sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese.

risotto with pumpkin and sausage risotto with pumpkin and sausage

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13 Responses to Pumpkin Sausage Risotto served in a pumpkin

  1. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    You are the Queen of pumpkins and Halloween goodies for sure! What a fabulous idea! Sounds delicious and the presentation is a perfect way to serve your Sausage, Pumpkin, and Risotto dish. Love pumpkin in anything. I find this interesting that you have a green pumpkin. It almost looks like a gourd. But I love the contrast between the color of the orange pumpkin and the outside with the green. The recipe is amazing and everyone loves Risotto. Boy, your guests at your dinner party will be blown away…I wish I was going to your party, I have to make this dish! Thank you for sharing…hope you have fun on Halloween!
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Yes these are my dad’s pumpkins. These year they have been particularly good: sweet and creamy. To me it is no different than eating a piece of cake. Have a good Halloween too!

  2. Mimi

    That is a beautiful risotto and pumpkin1 Great entertaining idea1

    • Alida

      Thank you MImi!

  3. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    Dinner in a pumpkin is so festive! My daughter was just telling me she made butternut apple soup in a pumpkin last night! I love the addition of sausage to the risotto and of course the whole notion of dinner in a pumpkin! I’m sure your “magic” party menu will be a hit!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  4. gloria

    This look bellisimo and delicious Alida:))

  5. marcellina

    Love this! Wish I could be at your dinner party!

    • Alida

      Thank you Marcellina

  6. Alison

    Looks delicious and love the fact it is served in the pumpkin. It looks so effective

    • Alida

      Thank you Alison!

  7. Alida

    Yes my children thought it was quite fun too!

  8. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    That looks such a tasty risotto, yet so simple to prepare….. perfect! The styling and photos are fantastic Alida and I love the fact that the pumpkin is green! Wow!

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