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Pumpkin and Parmesan Risotto with Sage

Fast, fresh and simple yet stylish, this pumpkin risotto takes no time to cook.

Serves 2

You will need:

Lamb Brand Arborio Rice 180g

Lamb Brand Pumpkin Seeds 1 tbsp

Lamb Brand Table Salt, to taste

Lamb Brand Black Pepper, to taste

Pumpkin 600g

Vegetable Stock 600ml

Butter 25g

Sage Leaves 10, finely chopped

Garlic Cloves 4, finely chopped

Parmesan Cheese 4 tbsp, grated

Olive Oil 2 tbsp

Onion 1, finely chopped

Parsley 1 tbsp, chopped

Fresh Seasoning

All you have to do is:

1. Start this recipe by roasting half of the pumpkin in the oven at 200`C, drizzled with a little olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

2. Place 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan in 2 mounds on a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.

3. Sprinkle over the pumpkin seeds and place into the oven to cook for approximately 5 minutes till golden brown. When the pumpkin is cooked, remove from the oven and blitz to a puree. Put aside.

4. Cut the remaining pumpkin into small cubes and put aside. In a heavy-based saucepan sweat the onion in the remaining oil until soft but not browned.

5. Add the chopped sage and cook for a couple more minutes.

6. Add in the Arborio rice and mix well for a few seconds to coat the grains with oil, then pour in one-third of the stock and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook until almost all the stock is absorbed.

7. Add the pumpkin cubes to the risotto and the remaining stock and continue to simmer gently until the stock is absorbed and the pumpkin is soft. The texture of the risotto should be loose and creamy.

8. When the risotto is ready, stir in the pureed pumpkin along with the butter, 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

9. Serve immediately into deep bowls with the Parmesan crisps and sage leaves to garnish.