Duck and Pumpkin Risotto with Spicy Pumpkin Seeds


This wonderful risotto is a perfect fall dish courtesy of Emeril Lagasse.


  • 1 small sugar pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½-inch pieces (2 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cups shredded Roast Duck, rendered duck fat reserved separately

  • ¼ cup chopped onions

  • 2 cups Arborio or Carnaroli rice

  • 1 tablespoon very finely chopped garlic

  • 6 to 8 cups Brown Chicken Stock

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup %%component_recipe_title%%

  • Chopped chives, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pumpkin on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until pumpkin is tender, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through.

  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan along with 2 tablespoons reserved duck fat over high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute; stir in pumpkin and garlic. Stir in 1 1/2 cups stock and season with salt and pepper; bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring. Add stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring until liquid is fully absorbed before each addition, until rice is al dente, 16 to 18 minutes.

  4. Stir in shredded duck, butter, heavy cream, basil, and cheese; continue cooking until rice is tender and creamy, about 2 minutes more. Serve risotto immediately garnished with pumpkin seeds, chives, and more cheese, if desired.

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