Healthy Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto is a delicious, gluten free side dish that feels decadent but is actually good for you! Rich & creamy while being low fat, this healthy risotto recipe is delicious year round!
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Pumpkin mushroom risotto MIGHT just be my new favorite fall side dish. I know that typically we put pumpkin in pies, cakes, cookies.. and all things sweet- but it is SO delicious in savory recipes.
PS – if you love pumpkin, you have to try these 30 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes!
This healthy risotto is super creamy and full of flavor, but low in fat and made without heavy cream/ loads of cheese like most risotto recipes are. It’s much healthier!
What makes this risotto healthy?
- Less fat – traditional risotto is made with heavy cream, butter, and lots of cheese. I used less cheese and cooked the risotto low and slow in broth to achieve a rich texture without a ton of fat
- Minimal ingredients– This recipe only has 10 ingredients, all of which you probably already have in your fridge or pantry!
- Sneaky Veggies– The pumpkin in this is loaded with nutrients, and there are also mushrooms and onions so you get a full serving of veggies in each serving!
Even though this risotto is healthy, it totally doesn’t taste like it. It’s rich, creamy and delicious!
Ingredients for Pumpkin Risotto
How to make pumpkin mushroom risotto:
Making risotto is a lot easier than you think!
Step 1: Sauté your mushrooms and onions until they are slightly softened.
Step 2: Add your rice and allow it to cook for a few minutes
Step 3: Add in your pumpkin, cheese and broth. Let it cook, stirring occasionally until all broth has been absorbed.
See! So creamy without loads of heavy cream and tons of cheese!
Tips for making healthy risotto
- Stir. Make sure to continuously stir the risotto to avoid it from burning
- Cook over low heat. Be sure to cook the risotto low and slow – you don’t want to over cook it!
- Use good quality cheese. You don’t want to be using parmesan from the green bottle in this recipe! Get a real block of parmesan and grate it yourself for best results
We make this risotto a lot in the fall, but it’s honestly great all year round! This Healthy Lemon Basil Risotto is another one of our favorite risotto recipes.
Substitutions for pumpkin mushroom risotto
- Wine: You can omit the wine and substitute it with chicken stock if you prefer to not cook with alcohol
- Herbs: You can substitute rosemary for your favorite herb. Parsley, sage or basil will all be delicious! I highly recommend using fresh herbs! If you don’t have fresh rosemary you can sub with 1/2 the amount of dried rosemary
- Mushrooms: If you don’t like mushrooms, simply omit them from this recipe.
- Rice: White or arborio rice will also work in this recipe
- Dairy free: You can omit the parmesan cheese from this recipe and use non-dairy milk but it will not be as creamy!
Other healthy side dishes you might like:
- Harvest Quinoa and Brown Rice Salad
- Garlic Rosemary Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Crispy Garlic Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Healthy Lemon Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Crispy Rosemary Smashed Potatoes
Healthy Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup onion finely chopped
- 2 cups mushrooms chopped
- 2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth I use no sodium added
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan. Saute onions for 5-8 minutes until translucent. Add in mushrooms (it will seem like a lot, but they will shrink!), saute 2 minutes.
- Once mushrooms start to soften, stir in uncooked rice.
- Add in 2 cups of broth, wine + spices. Simmer for 15 minutes on high until the rice starts to absorb the liquid.
- Stir in pumpkin, milk, and parmesan cheese, stirring constantly on medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
- Add in final 1/2 cup broth and continue to stir until rice is cooked (Approximately another 5-10 minutes)