Pumpkin risotto with chanterelles and hazelnuts Gesa Hansen and her husband restaurant owner Charles Compagnon share one of their favourite meals: pumpkin risotto with chanterelle mushrooms and roasted hazelnuts. A French dream come true.
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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion
350 g / 12.5 ounces Arborio rice
300 g Hokkaido pumpkin with skin, or peeled butternut squash
120 ml / ½ cup white wine
1.5 l / 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
60 g / 2 ounces unsalted butter
120 g / 4 ounces freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Fine sea salt
Ground black pepper
50 g hazelnuts, skin-on
200 g / 7 ounces chanterelles mushrooms (fresh or frozen and thawed)
15 g small bunch chives


  1. Toast the hazelnuts for about 2 minutes in a large pan, without using oil, over medium-heat heat. Stir constantly, until the nuts are fragrant. Chop them roughly and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat half the olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the chanterelles, stirring gently, for about1 minute or until al dente. Set aside.
  3. Finely chop the onion. Chop the pumpkin. Finely chop the chives and set aside. Grate Parmesan and set aside. In a large pot or cocotte, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat and cook the onion for about 5 minutes or until soft, but not brown. Add the rice and cook for about 2 - 3 minutes, then stir in the pumpkin and cook for about 1 minute more.
  4. Add the white wine, bring to a quick boil, and cook until the wine is almost all gone. Add just enough broth to cover the rice, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook uncovered, stirring and gradually adding more broth to keep the rice covered. Cook until the rice is al dente and all the liquid is soaked, it shouldn’t be soupy. Stir in the butter and Parmesan, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Divide the risotto between plates or bowls and arrange the chanterelles on top. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts, chives, and additional Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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