Baked pumpkin sage risotto

This recipe is adapted from Donna Hay’s “No Time to Cook” cookbook. The original calls for pancetta and does not call for mushrooms but I don’t do very well on salty things so I opted to remove the pancetta for that reason. With that said, it does add depth of flavour and colour to the dish so I’ll include the measurements in the ingredients list below and you can choose whatever variation suits you.

I usually make this once a week because it requires one pot, very little prep time and tastes amazing with nearly zero effort. Win win win!


  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth (I use homemade bone broth)
  • 30g butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage leaves, sliced
  • 400g butternut pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 200g sliced mushrooms (either button or brown will work)
  • 25g grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

* If you’d like to add the pancetta, go for 6 slices, roughly chopped


Preheat your oven to 190°C Fan Forced (375°F) and place the baking rack in the middle of the oven.

In a baking dish, combine all the ingredients, except the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

You don’t even need to mix – layers are fine as you’ll be mixing at the end.

I always add the chicken bone broth last so here is a photo right before I add the glass lid and pop this in the oven.

Cover and bake for 50-55 minutes or until the rice is soft.

Stir parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in and allow the dish to sit uncovered for 5 minutes to be sure all the liquid is absorbed.