Pumpkin and sage risotto

In the interests of our vegetarian audience (and at the request of a few) this week's recipe is a little off track as there is no meat or fish involved. I'll be using pumpkin, which is cheap, tasty and best of all seasonal.

Ingredients

  • 1 small pumpkin, 250g (74p)
  • 25g of fresh sage (68p)
  • 1 medium onion (14p)
  • 50g of parmesan (81p)
  • 500g of arborio rice (95p)

The cupboard staples...

Salt, black pepper, 1 vegetable stock cube and olive oil.

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to mysupermarket.co.uk, this trolley was cheapest at ASDA, where it came to £3.32 - that's 66p per head!

Instructions

  • Firstly finely chop the onion and dice the pumpkin into small cubes. Then get a heavy based pan on the heat, drizzle in a little olive oil and soften the onion. You don't want to get any colour on the onion. Whilst the onion is softening prepare 1 pint of boiling vegetable stock (try to get the stock warm as well for adding to the risotto).
  • Now add a handful (about 50g) of risotto rice to the pan for each person. Make sure you get the rice all nice and coated with the onions and oil. Then add the pumpkin and chopped sage leaves.
  • Now add a little stock and keep stirring over a medium heat. The more you stir the creamier the finished dish. Keep adding a little of the hot stock until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid. You're looking for a silky, slightly loose finish.
  • Finely season with salt and pepper and a handful of parmesan.
  • Happy eating!

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