Creamy Maple Bacon Pumpkin Risotto #PumpkinWeek

I gave in. I FINALLY made something pumpkin. But it was planned. And it is only October 2nd. Even though everyone else has been making pumpkin recipes for the past month, I held out so I could contribute to #PumpkinWeek with my Creamy Maple Bacon Pumpkin Risotto

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What is #PumpkinWeek?  Its the same group of bloggers that I participated with in blackberry week ( remember my blackberry cobler ice cream, oh so good) and they do a theme week a few times a year. This group is from all over the country and even Hawaii ( Waves to Monica on Oahu) and we all share a favorite or brand new recipe, sweet or savory, and a few of us post each day of the week.

Pumpkin Week Badge Creamy Maple Bacon Pumpkin Risotto #PumpkinWeekI was joking the other day how I am failing as a seasonal blogger since I hadn’t posted any apple or pumpkin recipes yet, and I still have posts sitting in draft from the summer. I could post them soon OR schedule them all for next July and forget that I did that and have a nice surprise when July rolls around and all my posts are done for the month. Or next July I could be posting Christmas recipes that I had finally gotten around to doing. Christmas in July, yay!

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While I do like pumpkin waffles or even pumpkin cinnamon rolls; I much prefer pumpkin in savory dishes than sweet. And sorry Starbucks fans, I just don’t care for the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte that everyone can’t get enough of this time of year. Just think of it this way; the less PSLs I drink, the more there are for you to drink. Win-win.

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Cast Iron Cazuelas De Tierra Covered Casserole Dish from Cost Plus World Market

Risotto sounds fancy, like something you would order at a fancy restaurant and never make at home. I would have to say its really NOT that fancy. It is if you add lobster, but for the most part it is an easy to make recipe and easily impresses dinner guests. Any flavor combinations are possible with risotto. The first time I made it I was like 900 months pregnant with my first daughter and it was my husband’s birthday. I wanted to have him come home to a nice dinner, but he was working late. And ended up staying even later.
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So here I was like at 10:30 at night stirring risotto for an hour to make it PERFECT, literally barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen and trying not to fall asleep. I was exhausted. I had a baby kicking me like mad and I was making risotto with lobster. Or was it king crab? I can’t remember exactly now, but I remember it was amazing and my husband loved it. He came home I handed him a plate of food, gave him a kiss and said happy birthday and I went to bed and passed out. I’m exciting, huh?

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I have since made risotto several times and since rice is a staple in our house I love playing with different flavor combinations with risotto. I knew that this would be perfect for #PumpkinWeek. Plus, bacon. Bacon makes everything better. Even mud.

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Don’t you want to just stuff your face in that bowl of creamy risotto goodness?? I did. I mean I would.

Creamy Maple Bacon Pumpkin Risotto #PumpkinWeek
Recipe type: Rice, Side Dish
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Serves: 8
Creamy Maple Bacon Pumpkin Risotto
  • 4 thick slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cups apple cider or juice (not spiced)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 ½ c leeks white and green part only, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½-1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ c pumpkin puree (fresh or canned, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Italian flat leaf parsley
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the chicken or vegetable stock and apple cider and set over very low heat.
  2. In a stock pot or deep sided sauté pan cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 10 minutes, being careful not to burn. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Drain off all but 2 tbsp of the bacon fat and add the leeks and sauté until caramelized, about 8 minutes. Add in the garlic and nutmeg and sauté until fragrant, another 30 seconds. Add in the rice and the wine and stir well until the wine is cooked down. Turn the heat under the chicken stock to medium. Add in ½ cup of chicken stock mixture to the rice mixture and stir until absorbed. Repeat with ½ a cup at a time until the rice is al-dente, stirring well after each addition. You may not end up using all the chicken stock mixture. Mix in the pumpkin puree and maple syrup and stir. Taste and season with salt and pepper. If the rice is chewier than desired add more chicken stock in and stir. Stir in the bacon and serve immediately. Top with chopped Italian parsley and a little grated parmesan cheese.

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Stop by and Check out everyone else’s posts from #PumpkinWeek:
Kirsten @ Comfortably Domestic – Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Beka @ Kvetchin’ Kitchen – Pumpkin Streusel Bread

Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama – Pumpkin Pie Macarons
Jeanne @ Inside NanaBread’s Head – Pumpkin Hazelnut Waffles with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Megan @ Country Cleaver – No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Caramel Cones
Allison @ Decadent Philistines – Pumpkin Marshmallows & Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Shanna @ Pineapple & Coconut – Creamy Maple Bacon Pumpkin Risotto (That’s me!)

Anne @ From My Sweet Heart – Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Icing & Candied Pepitas
Kat @ Tenaciously Yours – Marbled Pumpkin Gingersnap Tart
Madelyn @ La Petite Pancake – Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Frosting

Madeline @ Munching in the Mitten – Savory Pumpkin Tart
Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain – Pumpkin Mousse with Candied Squash
Kirsten @ Comfortably Domestic – Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

Beka @ Kvetchin’ Kitchen – Pumpkin Scones
Monica @ The Grommom – Pumpkin Ice Cream

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Mmmmmm bacon.

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  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! This one knocked my socks off, Shanna. I love that you went savory for Pumpkin Week. I have to put this on our fall menu at home. The Complete Package will flip his lid over your risotto. Yum.
    Jeanne (NanaBread) recently posted…Pumpkin Week: Hazelnut Pumpkin Waffles with Cinnamon Honey ButterMy Profile

  2. This looks so good! I have to try this soon! Nothing like pumpkin and bacon on a fall evening!
    Carrian recently posted…Mighty Maple White Chocolate PancakesMy Profile

  3. Wow….Shanna! I love savory pumpkin, too! And the first thing I look for on the menu of any restaurant I visit is risotto! I’ve only made dessert risottos before. So I think it’s time for me to step up my game…..and this pumpkin risotto is the perfect place to start! Your photos are fabulous and VERY enticing! : )
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart recently posted…Carrot, Apple & Walnut Bread #TwelveloavesMy Profile

  4. This is beautiful, and I DEFINITELY want to shove my face into that bowl! I can’t believe this, but IVE never made risotto. Not once! I may have to do it soon, because bacon…and pumpkin. I can totally get on board with that. P.S. you’re such a good wife for standing on your feet that long while pregnant!
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats recently posted…Apple Pie Waffles with a Cider SyrupMy Profile

  5. Whoa baby!! I want to dive head first into this risotto! Gorgeous pics, friend!

  6. What a fab risotto! I’ve tried a sweet potato version before and loved it, so I think this pumpkin version would be right up my alley. And with bacon? Come to mama!
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted…Honey Banana Cupcakes with Nutella GanacheMy Profile

  7. I love maple and bacon together, so why not add pumpkin? I seriously can. not. wait. to make this risotto. I’m pureeing pumpkins today, so this shall happen really soon! The maple & bacon make it a perfect breakfast food, right?
    Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic recently posted…Pumpkin Week Kick-off: Pumpkin Cinnamon RollsMy Profile

  8. Gorgeous pictures! This risotto looks like heaven in a bowl.
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry recently posted…Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow MeringueMy Profile

  9. I’ve long had a huge affinity for anything that combines maple and bacon in a savory dish…this is SO right up my alley!

    Photos are great!
    Barbara | Creative Culinary recently posted…Football, Game Day Favorites and a Hatch Green Chile Relleno CasseroleMy Profile

  10. You’re a girl after my own heart when I read you’re not a PSL fan. I’m thrilled to not be the only one! Though maybe if they made a maple-pumpkin-bacon latte… nah, never mind :)
    I’m loving on this risotto, though- what a perfect dish for Fall!
    Ruthy @ Omeletta recently posted…Hazelnut Penuche for #FirstontheFirstMy Profile

  11. I too am not on the pumpkin bandwagon. I personally don’t cook or bake seasonally. I just do whatever sounds good at the moment… I know, not great for blogging.
    But seriously, the contrast of colors in your photography is just beautiful. Love it!
    holly waterfall recently posted…50 Ways to Get Through Life’s Rough Moments without Turning to FoodMy Profile

  12. First of all, I want to devour this. Secondly, your photos are hitting it out of the park lately! Amazing all around.
    Jen @ Savory Simple recently posted…Mushroom Skillet LasagnaMy Profile

  13. This is breathtaking and drool worthy!! I’m definitely giving this a try asap. Oh my goodness, I can’t get over how wonderful that looks!
    Kate | Food Babbles recently posted…Pumpkin Spice Penuche FudgeMy Profile

  14. I adore risotto. And while I’m not a huge pumpkin fan (as you know), I wonder if I could convince Husband to give this a whirl. We’re both fans of bacon. And risotto. And creamy cheesy yums. This is really lovely.
    Allison @ Decadent Philistines Save the World recently posted…Pumpkin All the Mallows!My Profile

  15. Join the PSL Uprising!! So glad I’m not alone!! (Although I am alone in the PNW with that thought…)
    Your story is so funny. I, too, love any kind of risotto. I’ve never met a risotto I didn’t like. I am definitely going to have to try this one. Looks SO GOOD!!
    Beka M. recently posted…Pumpkin Week – Streusel Topped Pumpkin LoafMy Profile

  16. Tasty!!! I just love pumpkin risotto, and this recipe sounds especially delicious :)

  17. Lady, when I saw your recipe for this, it was like an OMG DUH moment. How have we not all been dancing in the light of pumpkin and bacon and risotto for a lifetime at this point? These snaps look gorgeous and I can only imagine are a shadow of what this meal must taste like!

  18. This risotto is absolute perfection!

  19. Yes, I do want to stuff my face in that bowl of creamy goodness! :) I love risotto and how creamy it gets. I love the way you’ve combined some sweet elements with savory…my favorite combo! I’m pinning this to make this weekend!
    Caroline recently posted…Beer Braised Carnitas Burrito BowlMy Profile

  20. I always do pumpkin in sweet stuff and forget how dang versatile it really is!! This definitely needs to be made! It’s B-E-A-utiful!!
    Megan {Country Cleaver} recently posted…Gooey Apricot Orange Twisted Coffee CakeMy Profile

    • I KNOW you would love this dish Megan!! I know I am an odd one out that prefers savory pumpkin over sweet, but it really is a super versatile squash. Underrated in savory recipes for sure.

  21. This is soo seasonally sophisticated. Just when I was beginning to roll my eyes at all the ridiculous pumpkin recipes out there you knock my socks off with this. GREG
    sippitysup recently posted…Italian Cookies with Orange, Rosemary and PolentaMy Profile

  22. That looks and sounds amazing! You have some uber fab photography skills girl!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Candy Corn M&M Fudge BrowniesMy Profile

  23. Shanna, these photos are absolutely amazing! Now, I’m really craving this risotto. Stunning and I’m sure, delicious! 😀
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots recently posted…Lemon Blueberry Macarons #babyshowerMy Profile

  24. Been meaning to come comment and tell you how awesome this photo is! Great job. I think it’s one of your best by far!!! I can really tell you’ve been studying styling hard.
    Christy @ My Invisible Crown recently posted…Creamy Brussels Sprouts Soup with Crispy ChorizoMy Profile

  25. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being included today in a collection of maple syrup recipes. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week also.

  26. Hi Shanna!

    i’d love to include your creamy maple bacon pumpkin risotto recipe in a savory pumpkin roundup i’m preparing for parade magazine.

    if you’re fine with it, could i use one of your beautiful photos with a link back to your original post (

    let me know, thanks!
    felicia | Dish by Dish recently posted…Gluten-free Pumpkin SconesMy Profile

  27. You had me at maple pumpkin risotto. Then wham! You lost me at bacon. Didn’t you get the memo? Didn’t you read it? Bacon causes cancer. Please don’t promote it in your blog. Or are were you bought by the meat industry? I don’t expect this to get published among the gushes and drools, but at least I spoke my mind.

    • While I appreciate your concern over my health (I get regular blood work done and my cholesterol levels are insanely low – I am super healthy) and my work with the meat industry ( unfortunately, no I do not work for them and if I did I would work for organic, and humanely raised meat industry because the commercial meat business isn’t my thing) and the fact that I actually cure my own bacon from pork belly that we get from a food co-op from healthy raised organic pigs, the risk of me getting cancer from bacon is incredibly low. I don’t snack on lbs and lbs a day of overly processed bacon. Which is kind of gross to eat that much of any food all day. Plus this article here Really anything causes cancer. Even breathing. Make the recipe and enjoy it. You won’t get cancer. My blog, I do what I want.


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