Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that takes a little bit of elbow grease but is in fact insanely easy. It’s also a true crowd-pleaser and a guest-impresser! This risotto takes a note from the season and all the potential leftover pumpkin you’ll have from making pies and cakes. The earthy flavor of the pumpkin is nicely complemented by the acidity of the wine and the salt of the parmesan. The addition of sausage adds a richness that is so often desired when the weather turns cooler. This risotto goes perfectly with our Diamond Collection Pinot Noir and a playlist full of new releases that scream sweaters and scarves!

Pumpkin Risotto
Ingredients:
2 C. Arborio Rice
4 C. Chicken Stock
¾ C. Pumpkin Puree
1 C. Dry White Wine
1 Onion, minced
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp dried Thyme
1 Tbsp. dried Sage
½ C. Shredded Parmesan
1 lb. Loose Mild Sausage (I used Toulouse sausage, but you can use whatever suits your taste)
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Chopped Parsley & Red Pepper Flakes to top
Salt to taste 

Method

1. In a large pan, heat 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil. Add your sausage to the pan and cook through.
2. In a medium sized pot, combine your pumpkin, chicken stock, white wine and herbs. Bring to a simmer - this will be your cooking liquid for the rice.
3. Once sausage is cooked, remove from pan (leaving fat in the pan) and set aside. 4. To the pan, add the additional 2 tbsp. Olive oil, onion and garlic.  On medium-high heat, cook until onions are translucent.
5.To the onions and garlic, add your rice. Stir to incorporate.
6. One ladle at the time, add your cooking liquid, stirring constantly. Only add the next ladle once the current ladle’s liquid is absorbed by the rice. This procress should take about 25-30 minutes.
7. Once your risotto is complete, add your sausage back to the pan and stir into the rice.
8. Add the parmesan cheese and stir until completely combined with the risotto.
9. Serve immediately. Dress with chopped parsley and red pepper flakes and salt to your taste. Best suited for pairing with a lush Pinot Noir, like our Diamond Collection Pinot Noir.

Playlist 
Jesus Etc. - Billy Fay (Wilco cover)
American Made - Margo Price
Appointments - Julien Baker
A Better Life - Grace VanderWaal
Piano - Frank Walker
Not Everything that Counts can be Counted - Billy  Bragg
King for a Day - Anderson East
Autumn Leaves - Seal
Little Dark Age - MGMT
That’s alright - Dori Freeman