Meatless Monday Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Risotto courtesy of inSHAPE

Spiced pumpkin is truly a fall favorite, and we will likely be using it quite a lot this season. Pumpkins came early and are already so tasty. Here’s a tasty dish that you can make and enjoy as a side dish or as your main for Meatless Monday.

Spiced Pumpkin Risotto


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1 cup arborio rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup water or white wine
  • 1 cup pumpkin, uncooked and cubed into very small pieces


In a sauce pot, over medium heat, cook pumpkin puree, water, maple syrup, orange juice and spices. Set aside but keep warm.

In a deep skillet or risotto dish, over high heat, drizzle 1/2 of olive oil and saute garlic and onions. Add rice and coat, stirring continuously until the rice is opaque. Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup water or wine and lower heat to low/medium. Add a ladel full of the warm liquid into dish, turn down the heat, and add the pumpkin cubes. Stir frequently, and continue adding liquid until risotto is cooked and moist. Serve warm and add pumpkin seeds for additional flavor and protein.

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