10 mins prep time
30 mins cook time
Serves 4 people
Nuts for Life - Pumpkin, hazelnut and pine nut risotto


  • 1/2 butternut pumpkin, peeled and grated
  • 1 1/4 L reduced-salt vegetable stock
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 20g butter
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 sage leaves
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 60g pecorino cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts


  1. Combine pumpkin, ¼ cup stock and a pinch of thyme leaves in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until pumpkin is soft and sweet smelling. Stir through 20g butter and nutmeg. Blitz with a stick blender or a small food processor, until smooth and creamy.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook sage for 30 seconds or until crispy. Transfer to paper towel to drain. Season with salt.
  3. Warm remaining stock in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Return frying pan to medium heat. Cook onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add thyme sprigs and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir through rice and toast for one minute. Add wine and reduce by half. Add stock, a ladleful at a time, waiting for each addition to be absorbed before adding the next. This process will take about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. If you run out of stock and the rice needs more cooking, use hot water.
  5. Once the rice is al dente, remove thyme stems and stir through pumpkin puree and half the pecorino. Divide between serving bowls and top with sage, hazelnuts, pine nuts and remaining pecorino.


The nuts in this dish provide some added texture. To maintain their crunch, ensure you add the nuts just before serving.


Recipe developed by Sprout (https://sprout.edu.au) for Nuts for Life
Nutrients per serve
Energy 2,611kJ
Protein 15.2g
Fat 36.8g
Saturated fat 9.2g
Carbohydrate 52.1g
Sugars 10.2g
Dietary fibre 6g
Sodium 1,041mg

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