Pumpkin Risotto with Speck or Pancetta (Cured Pork Belly)

on October 24, 2022

Pumpkin Risotto with Italian Speck or Pancetta (cured pork belly) is a typical Italian first course, a simple and tasty recipe with a truly surprising result.
Soft and delicate, this Pumpkin Risotto with speck or pancetta (cured pork belly), with its beautiful golden color, is an easy recipe and at the same time refined. If you are a vegetarian you can cook this recipe without speck, but only with pumpkin. The taste will be more delicate, but still delicious!

Preparation: 60 minutes - Cooking: 15-20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy - Portions: 4-6 persons - Cost: Low

Ingredients for 4-6 persons

How to make Pumpkin Risotto with Speck or Pancetta (Cured Pork Belly)

To prepare the Pumpkin Risotto with pancetta or speck first of all prepare the vegetable broth: pour 2 cups of water, 1 celery, 1 carrot and 1 onion into a saucepan and cook for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, clean and cut the pumpkin in small cubes, add in a pan with a thread of oil and cook. Add some vegetable stock in hot water if it becomes too dry.

Cut the speck or pancetta in slices.

Chop the onion. In a pan, brown the onion and the speck (leaving some aside for decoration) with a thread of oil, then add the rice. Toast the rice over high heat, stirring for a few minutes. Add white wine and let the alcoholic component evaporate well.

Add a little bit of vegetable stock (until the rice is just covered) and boil, adding more broth only when the rice is dry.

In the meantime, in a small pan, put with a thread of oil and add the remaining slices of speck, brown them a little bit.

When the risotto is half cooked (about 7-8 minutes), add the pumpkin. Add a little bit of stock to avoid that the risotto becomes too dry and add the salt.

Once the rice is ready, turn off the heat, add a knob of butter and parmesan, and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon. If the rice is too dry, add a little broth. Cover with a lid for 1 minute

Decorate the risotto by adding the crunchy speck or pancetta. You can make the Pumpkin Risotto without meat if you are vegetarian or love just vegetables in this dish.


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