This Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese & Dried Cranberries is a perfect fall comfort food – Rich, creamy & perfect for an elegant weeknight meal or a vegetarian Thanksgiving.
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The pumpkin craze is real folks! Is it just me, or is pumpkin everywhere this year?! Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Cereal, Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter, and of course, the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s a bit overwhelming – I even have a Pinterest board dedicated solely to Pumpkin.
In an effort to keep up with the Pumpkin-wielding Jonses, I’m throwing this Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese and Cranberries into the mix. While some people may have a pumpkin obsession, my obsession generally lies with risotto – Like this Lemon Mascarpone Risotto, this Beet Risotto and this Grilled Shrimp Risotto. Not only do I like eating risotto, but I thoroughly enjoy the process of making it – Mainly because I get to stand over a hot stove when it’s freezing cold outside. Freezing cold = 60 degrees and below in my book.
The process of making risotto is easy, but it does take some babysitting because you need to “feed” the risotto. We’re feeding the risotto with a ladle full of stock time after time, letting it fully absorb between each addition. The process takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, and it’s a full evolution. The risotto starts as hard grains of rice, then it becomes more plump, and then, through all the stirring and the feeding, it takes on the most incredible creamy texture that’s tasty on it’s own, but also totally customizable with any ingredients of your choosing.
For this version – We’re going full on Fall. The pumpkin and dried cranberries just call out Thanksgiving to me. Plus, I’m making this risotto totally vegetarian, meaning that it would be a perfect option to serve for a vegetarian Thanksgiving.
The creamy pumpkin lends a rich, earthy flavor to the mix, the goat cheese adds tang and creaminess, and the Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries give zing and add their beautiful color to the dish. Plus, did you know that ¼ cup of Craisins® Dried Cranberries provides ½ cup of fruit? It’s an easy way to sneak some extra flavor and nutrition into your favorite dishes.
What’s your favorite pumpkin dish or product of the season? Have you fully embraced the trend?…