In the spirit of Fall, we’re making slow cooker pumpkin risotto. Rich, creamy and dairy free (unless you add Parmesan). And best of all, it’s a very easy risotto to make.
If you have ever made risotto before, you know that it can be pretty labor intensive standing over the stove stirring and slowly adding your liquid in intervals. In this slow cooker recipe from my good friend Mike (aka @omgchampagne), you just dump in your ingredients and walk away.
The pumpkin is the star of the easy risotto. It gives a great hit of orange color to the plate and is perfect for a main or side dish. Pumpkin is also very high in Vitamin A for added nutrition. While the cooking time is 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours (see important note in recipe), the prep work is virtually non-existent. Simply throw everything in the crock pot and let it do its magic.
It’s best to serve the slow cooker pumpkin risotto right away as the longer you let it sit around, the less al dente it becomes. Serve with a salad and some roasted pumpkin seeds on the side. Or as a vegetarian Thanksgiving dish on your buffet table.
Tailor To Your Taste
- If you want to get fancy, you can add some sauteed mushrooms and onions to the mixture before turning on the crock pot.
- Garnish it with parsley, chives or fried sage
- Add Parmesan cheese, stirring it directly into the risotto when complete or sprinkled on top.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Risotto Recipe
- 1 can of Pumpkin (398 ml)
- 1 1/4 cup Arborio Rice
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup White Wine
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- pinch Salt & Pepper
- 3 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth (or chicken broth)
- 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (optional)
- garnish: chopped parsley, chives or fried sage
- PREPARE TO SLOW BOOK RISOTTO: Put all ingredients (except Parmesan cheese) into slower cooker and give it a stir (put in the vegetable broth last).
- COOK RISOTTO: Put the slow cooker on the high setting and let it cook for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. (Note 1)
- FINISH: When finished, stir in your Parmesan cheese if using and serve right away. The longer it sits around, the less al dente it will become.
Here are two other easy risotto recipes you might like made in an instant pot. One is with pumpkin, the other with grilled vegetables.