MasterChef Australia The CookBook and Pumpkin Risotto

Brett from Random House was kind enough to send me a copy of the new MasterChef Cookbook. The cook book is full of recipes from the top 20 contestants, as well as tips and tricks in the kitchen.

Looking through the cook book took me back to all the challenges the contestants had to face. Recipes in the cookbook include Luke’s Singapore Mud Crabs, Poh’s Chicken Rendang and Andre’s Polenta and Semolina with Bug Bisque.

I decided to make something simple and delicious. Risotto is a favourite in the Eugenio household so I chose to make the Pumpkin Risotto.

Pumpkin Risotto


4 cups (1 litre) chicken stock
60g butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove crushed
1 1/2 cups (300g) Arborio rice
1/3 cup (80ml) white wine
200g piece of pumpkin peeled, seeded and grated
1/2 cup (40g) parmesan, finely grated
50g fetta
Basil and olive oil for garnish


1. Bring the stock to the boil in a medium saucepan with 1 cup (250ml) water. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until required.

2. Melt one third of the butter in a frying pan and cook the onion and garlic over medium heat until translucent. Add the rice, and coat in the butter. Pour the wine in around the edge of the pan.

3. Add the hot stock mixture a little at a time, just enough to cover the rice. Simmer, shaking the pan occasionally, until the stock is absorbed. Keep adding the stock in batches, shaking the rice as it cooks. This will take about 20-25 mins, until all the stock is used and the rice is al dente.

4. Meanwhile, combine the pumpkin and half the remaining butter in a medium saucepan. Cook, covered, over medium low-heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 mins until very soft. Mash until smooth.

5. Add the remaining butter to the rice, along with the pumpkin puree and the parmesan. Gently fold through until just combined. Spoon onto a serving plate and crumble the fetta over. Sprinkle with the basil leaves and drizzle with olive oil.

The risotto was really easy to make. The feta went well with the sweetness of the pumpkin puree.
The MasterChef CookBook is now available for purchase online Its a great Christmas present for any MasterChef fan and retails for $39.95.

♥peachkins♥ (December 05, 2009)  

your risotto looks really delish!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef (December 05, 2009)  

Thanks for reminding me about the Singapore Mud Crabs, I've been meaning to make that dish for a while! Am sure I'll forget again though... perhaps I should get this cookbook to remind myself, hehe.

That feta on top of this dish is so inviting, especially in the cute dish :)

pigpigscorner (December 05, 2009)  

Risotto is always so enjoyable, creamy and delicious.

Trissa (December 05, 2009)  

That looks fantastic Kath! You should be on masterchef!

Olive (December 05, 2009)  

that sounds looks exactly like the picture in the book :)

Trisha (December 05, 2009)  

My workmate bought this for her KK and I instantly had book envy. Will keep an out for it in the bookshops :)

Ladybird (December 06, 2009)  

Well done, Kath, that looks like a very yummy risotto.

I can't wait for Masterchef in 2010! Bring it on!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella (December 06, 2009)  

That looks delicious! Can't wait to break open my copy :D

Penek (December 28, 2009)  

I'd love to know how many this recipe feeds?

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