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Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Bacon

15 MINPrep Time
40 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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The time for pumpkin everything is here, and this creamy risotto topped with goat cheese and bacon is a serious winner!

Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Bacon

Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Bacon



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 4 cups low-sodium organic chicken broth (plus extra for moistening, as needed)
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 4 slices applewood smoked bacon (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 leek (white and pale green part, thinly sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice or medium-grain white rice
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine (such as pinot grigio)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon generous freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup coarsely crumbled soft fresh goat cheese (about 6 ounces)


  1. Whisk together the broth and the pumpkin in a heavy medium saucepan and simmer over medium heat. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low to keep the pumpkin broth warm.
  2. Cook the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel with a slotted spoon to drain.
  3. Melt the butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leek and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Cook until almost tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the thyme. Add the rice and stir for 1 minute. Add the wine and simmer, stirring constantly, until completely absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the pumpkin broth and stir until almost completely absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Continue cooking the rice, adding the broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition to absorb before adding the next. Cook until the rice is tender but still firm to the bite, and the mixture is creamy, 20 to 25 minutes, adding additional warm broth by 1/4 cupfuls if risotto is dry. Mix in the Parmesan, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, the remaining salt, pepper and nutmeg. Remove from the heat. Add more salt to taste.
  5. Divide the risotto among 6 shallow bowls. Sprinkle each with the bacon, goat cheese and remaining parsley and serve.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
51 grams
24 grams
26 grams
Saturated Fat
14 grams
57 milligrams
874 milligrams
2 grams
5 grams
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2 reviews & comments

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    Susan Swearengin - Jun 09

    This was so good! I loved the crunch of the bacon with the creaminess of the goat cheese. The warm flavors made it perfect for a cold, windy night. Definitely a keeper!

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    Denise Whitney - Jun 09

    I made this last night. I started with a pumpkin from my garden instead of canned. This is a very flavorful risotto. Delicious with just a hint of pumpkin flavor. The herbs are perfect, I used home made goat cheese flavored with a little lavender. I will make this dish again and again.!!!!!

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