Pumpkin & Leek Risotto

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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The last time I ate risotto I was in Italy (and that’s a number of years back now) so I thought it was high time I made some.

I love the creamy, mellow texture and taste of risotto. It’s a very adaptable dish – once you know the basics, you can pretty much add whatever you’ve got lurking in your fridge.

I found this recipe from New Zealand born, UK based chef Peter Gordon on the website of The Independent; they sourced it from his book ‘Peter Gordon Everyday by Peter Gordon, publisher Jacqui Small.

I haven’t adapted the recipe, though I did only put in 2 teaspoons of soy sauce into my rice – I wasn’t too sure about adding a whole 4 tablespoons, but I’ll leave the recipe as is so readers can decide for themselves. The mascarpone was a lovely addition and I’d certainly recommend using it. Otherwise, don’t be shy about using loads of parmesan cheese as the dish does need the saltiness it provides. On that note, next time I might actually lay a few pieces of prosciutto over it when I serve it – they did this in Italy and I thought it not only looked fabulous, it really enhanced the taste.



This Pumpkin and Leek Risotto is the ultimate fall comfort food. Creamy Arborio rice is infused with the sweetness of roasted pumpkin, savory leek, and a touch of earthy sage. It's easy to make, perfect for a cozy night in with friends and family, and sure to satisfy everyone at the table.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 421 kcal


  • 60 g butter
  • 1 handful sage leaves torn (otherwise thyme, oregano or rosemary)
  • 500 g peeled and diced pumpkin (squash)
  • 2 litres light vegetable stock (for vegetarian version) or chicken stock
  • 1 leek, rinsed and sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 350 g Arborio rice
  • Salt
  • Optional: 4 Tbsp soy sauce plus extra for seasoning
  • 50 g Parmesan, grated
  • 100 g mascarpone (optional)


  • Pour the stock into a large saucepan and bring it slowly to a gentle simmer.
  • Cook 30g (that’s half the butter) in a fry-pan until it turns golden brown. Add the sage leaves and cook until they are soft. Add the pumpkin and cook over a medium heat, stirring to ensure the pieces are coated with butter.
  • Add 250ml of the stock to the pumpkin and cook over a moderately high heat with the lid on until the pumpkin is almost cooked through, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and mash about a quarter of the pumpkin in the pot. Pop the lid back on to keep it warm.
  • Meanwhile, in another saucepan heat the remaining 30g of butter on a medium high heat and add the leek and bay leaves. Cook and stir until the leek has completely softened. Add the rice and a sprinkling of salt and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly so that the rice doesn’t burn.
  • Now pour in some more stock to cover the rice by 2cm, and turn the heat down so that the liquid is simmering gently. Let the mixture gently cook until most of the liquid is absorbed (you’ll need to keep an eye on this, as it cooks quite quickly). Stir in some more stock, then leave until it is nearly absorbed. Carry on adding stock as soon as the rice absorbs it until the rice is al dente (slightly firm in the centre). This should take about 12 minutes or so.
  • Now stir the pumpkin mixture (both mashed and whole) and the soy sauce (if you’re using it) into the rice mixture and continue to cook until the rice is tender. Put the lid on the pot, turn the heat off and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  • Finally, stir in the Parmesan and mascarpone (if using) and taste for seasoning. If it needs it, add extra soy sauce or salt and pepper and serve immediately.


Calories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 9gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 225mgPotassium: 372mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 7900IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Pumpkin Leek Risotto, Rice, Risotto
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.

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