Easy, creamy, cheater’s pumpkin risotto made with whole grain brown rice, nonfat greek yogurt and savory pumpkin without all of the stirring! It’s fall comfort food at its finest! (gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian)
By now I bet you’re pumpkined out, right? Which is a shame, considering it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, which, hello, is the ultimate day of pumpkin! (Arguably. You may consider that to be Halloween. But to me, Halloween is reserved for chocolate.)
But before you swear off pumpkin for another 10 months, consider making this delicious cheater’s Pumpkin Risotto. It takes a break from the cinnamony-sweet flavors that you’re used to in every other pumpkin spice anything, and uses savory herbs and parmesan instead to give you a totally different taste of your favorite fall staple.
But wait, isn’t risotto hard to make? No. But just in case you still don’t want to make risotto, this is a cheater’s recipe. It takes advantage of the creaminess of pumpkin, nonfat greek yogurt, and parmesan cheese to bring you a risotto without (what seems like) hours of stirring. And it’s loaded with fiber from the whole grains (I use sprouted brown rice) and beta carotene from the pumpkin!
Plus, this stuff is just so darn good. Like, for real. It’s hearty enough to be a meal in itself, but if you want it as a side, it pairs well with just about anything. My husband couldn’t get enough of this cheater’s pumpkin risotto, and I ate a pretty good amount myself. Which may or may not have included licking the spoon…Print
Creamy Cheater’s Pumpkin Risotto
Easy creamy pumpkin risotto made with whole grain brown rice, nonfat greek yogurt and savory pumpkin without all of the stirring! It’s fall comfort food at its finest! (gluten-free, vegetarian)
- Yield: 4 cups
- 1 cup sprouted grain brown rice or regular brown rice
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree, divided
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp rubbed sage
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- In a food processor or mini chopper, blend onion and garlic until finely minced.
- In a large saucepan, combine rice, broth, onion, garlic, and 1/4 cup pumpkin puree. Cover and cook according to package directions.
- In the last 10 minutes of cooking, remove lid and stir in remaining pumpkin puree and spices. Gradually stir in white wine, a little bit at a time while stirring constantly, adding more liquid as it is absorbed. Keep stirring and adding liquid until rice is tender, about 10-15 minutes.
- Once rice is tender, remove from heat and stir in parmesan and yogurt. Top with additional parmesan, if desired when serving.
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