Oven-Baked Pumpkin and Leek Risotto

, from Issue #60. March, 2016
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Oven-Baked Pumpkin and Leek Risotto

Taking the flavours of a classic Italian risotto, the texture of a baked risotto is softer than one cooked on a stove-top, but it is still delicious and needs only occasional attention.

Serves: 6


1½ kilograms crown pumpkin, peeled and cubed
olive oil
sea salt and ground pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil
knob of butter
1 large leek, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
1¼ cups Arborio risotto rice
4 cups vegetable stock, hot
½ cup cream
½ cup grated Parmesan
1 egg yolk
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (optional)
small handful parsley, finely chopped


Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Pumpkin: Put the pumpkin on a lined baking tray and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Roast for 20 minutes or until tender. Set  of the pumpkin aside for serving. 

Mash the remaining pumpkin with a fork and set aside for the risotto. 

Reduce the oven to 150°C.

Risotto: Heat the oil and butter in a sauté pan and cook the leek, garlic and thyme with a good pinch of salt until tender. Add the rice and turn to combine.

Tip into a large baking dish and stir in the mashed pumpkin and then the stock.

Place in the oven (uncovered) and bake for 20 minutes.

Combine the cream, Parmesan, egg yolk and nutmeg and season. 

Stir into the hot risotto and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes. 

To serve: Top with the reserved pumpkin, pine nuts and parsley and extra Parmesan if desired.

Cook’s Tip: Reheat the reserved pumpkin in the oven a few minutes before the risotto is cooked.