Pumpkin risotto

We've adapted this Italian squash rice-pot recipe so it's a breeze for kids to make – just follow our step-by-step prep and cooking guide

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:1 hrs
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 397
  • fat 14g
  • saturates 7g
  • carbs 47g
  • sugars 6g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 18g
  • salt 1g


  • 1 small pumpkin or butternut squash- after peeling and scraping out the seeds, you need about 400g/14oz
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle for the pumpkin
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 8 spring onions
  • 25g butter
  • 200g risotto rice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1l hot vegetable stock, plus extra splash if needed
  • 50g grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
  • small handful coriander, roughly chopped


Equipment you need
? Sharp knife and chopping board (for older children or your adult helper) ? Baking tray ? Sandwich bag and rolling pin ? Scissors ? Deep frying pan ? Kettle for the stock ? Measuring jug ? Wooden spoon, teaspoon, tablespoon ? Grater ? Weighing scalesBefore you start
Wash your hands, tie back long hair and put on an apron.For parents
You can adapt this recipe to suit the age of your children. If they are young, you will need to chop up the pumpkin for them. If they’re a little older, make sure you always supervise them while they are using a sharp knife, especially if cutting something tricky like pumpkin or butternut squash.


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4. Chop up the pumpkin or squash into 1.5cm cubes (kids- ask for help if it’s slippery). Put it on a baking tray, drizzle over some oil, then roast for 30 mins.

  2. While the pumpkin is roasting, you can make the risotto. Put the garlic in a sandwich bag, then bash lightly with a rolling pin until it’s crushed.

  3. Cut up the spring onions with your scissors.

  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil with the butter in your pan over a medium heat – not too hot. Add the spring onions and garlic. Once the onions are soft but not getting brown, add the rice and cumin. Stir well to coat in the buttery mix for about 1 min.

  5. Now add half a cup of the stock, and stir every now and then until it has all disappeared into the rice. Carry on adding and stirring in a large splash of stock at a time, until you have used up all the stock – this will take about 20 mins.

  6. Check the rice is cooked. If it isn’t, add a splash more stock, and carry on cooking for a bit. Once the rice is soft enough to eat, gently stir in the grated cheese, chopped coriander and roasted pumpkin.

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