A bowl of risotto with pumpkin, chicken, bacon and spinach.

Thermomix Chicken, Pumpkin, Bacon & Baby Spinach Risotto

This Creamy Chicken, Pumpkin, Bacon & Baby Spinach Risotto is one of our most popular risotto recipes! A kid-friendly favourite that the whole family will love!

A bowl of risotto with pumpkin, chicken, bacon and spinach.

Risottos have always been one of my very favourite things to make in my Thermomix! Forget standing over the stove-top stirring a risotto, our Thermomix risotto recipes are so simple to make, family-friendly and any leftovers can be frozen.

A blue bowl filled with creamy risotto and chicken, pumpkin and spinach.

What You Need

This Chicken, Pumpkin, Bacon & Baby Spinach Risotto is made from a few basic ingredients:

  • parmesan cheese
  • minced garlic (or 1 garlic clove)
  • brown onion
  • olive oil
  • bacon
  • chicken breast
  • arborio rice
  • chicken stock powder (or homemade chicken stock)
  • water
  • white wine (or replace with extra water)
  • pumpkin (butternut, jap or kent)
  • baby spinach leaves

Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for ingredient quantities and the full method.

A forkful of chicken risotto with spinach and pumpkin.,

Recipe Substitutions

This is a super versatile recipe that allows for many variations:

  • use chicken thighs in place of chicken breast
  • omit the bacon
  • add some frozen peas in the last 2 minutes of cooking
  • use rocket in place of baby spinach
  • omit the white wine and replace with extra water
A fork of risotto with pumpkin and spinach.

Recipe Tips

If you have leftover roast pumpkin (from dinner the night before!), you can use that instead of cooking pumpkin in the Thermomix. Simply cut it into small chunks and place in the ThermoServer before pouring the risotto over the top.

It’s important to allow the risotto to rest for 10 minutes before serving. After cooking, the risotto will be quite liquidy. The risotto will thicken when resting.

A ThermoServer is the perfect thing for resting your risotto and allowing it to thicken. You can use the Thermomix branded ThermoServer or any brand of insulated stainless steel container.

A bowl of risotto with pumpkin, chicken, bacon and spinach.

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A bowl of risotto with pumpkin, chicken, bacon and spinach.

Chicken, Pumpkin & Baby Spinach Risotto

This Creamy Chicken, Pumpkin, Bacon & Baby Spinach Risotto is one of our most popular risotto recipes! A kid-friendly favourite that the whole family will love!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: thermomix chicken risotto, thermomix risotto
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 552kcal
Author: Thermomix Recipes by Thermobliss

Equipment

  • Thermomix

Ingredients

  • 80 g parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp minced garlic or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 onion halved
  • 30 g olive oil
  • 100 g bacon chopped
  • 250 g arborio rice
  • 100 g white wine
  • 2 tsp chicken stock powder or 1 tbs homemade chicken stock
  • 300 g skinless chicken breast cubed into 2-3cm pieces
  • 600 g water
  • 200 g cooked pumpkin see notes
  • 80 g baby spinach

Instructions

  • Place parmesan cheese into the bowl and grate on Speed 8 for 10 seconds. Remove and set aside. Wash and dry the bowl.
  • Place garlic and onion in Thermomix bowl and chop for 3 seconds on Speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add olive oil and bacon and saute for 5 minutes, 100 degrees, Reverse, Speed 1 (MC off).
  • Insert the butterfly whisk. Add arborio rice and wine into the bowl. Cook 100 degrees, 3 minutes, Reverse, Speed 1 (MC off).
  • Add the chicken stock powder, diced chicken and water and cook for 18 minutes, 100 degrees, Reverse, Speed 1.
  • Place the risotto into the Thermoserver, add the pumpkin, baby spinach and half of the parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Place into a ThermoServer (or similar) and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to thicken.
  • Serve with the remaining parmesan cheese.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Pumpkin – you can either chop the pumpkin into very small (1-2 cm) pieces and place into the Varoma when you add the bacon. Allow to steam while the risotto cooks. Alternatively you can cook the pumpkin in the microwave or use leftover roast pumpkin.
This is a super versatile recipe that allows for many variations:
  • use chicken thighs in place of chicken breast
  • omit the bacon
  • add some frozen peas in the last 2 minutes of cooking
  • use rocket in place of baby spinach
  • omit the white wine and replace with extra water
If you have leftover roast pumpkin (from dinner the night before!), you can use that instead of cooking pumpkin in the Thermomix. Simply cut it into small chunks and place in the ThermoServer before pouring the risotto over the top.
It’s important to allow the risotto to rest for 10 minutes before serving. After cooking, the risotto will be quite liquidy. The risotto will thicken when resting.
A ThermoServer is the perfect thing for resting your risotto and allowing it to thicken. You can use the Thermomix branded ThermoServer or any brand of insulated stainless steel container.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 467mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4205IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Hey lovelies! Just wondering if the recipe is total cooking time or cooking time when it reaches the temp? Sorry I’m just new to the Thermomix way of life!!!

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  2. Hi there
    I notice there’s no mention of inserting the butterfly. Do you use it? Also, what’s soft speed converted to tm5 please?

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  3. I made this tonight, first risotto I’ve made since getting thermie, and neither the rice or pumpkin were cooked. Should I have used hot water for the 900g of water?

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  4. Seems a great reciepe. Cooking now. Took longer than expected. Pumpkin not cooked and bit slushy. We have just put it on for a bit longer now. Smells delicious thou can’t wait to try.

    1. Hi Marion, I’d be wary of increasing this recipe as it may exceed the recommended maximum for your bowl. Sorry I can’t be of more help x

  5. Delicious flavours – just a bit over cooked for our tasting. Will probably cook for 14 minutes next time and cook the pumpkin separately. Thanks!

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  7. Hi I am wondering if you’ve made this with vegie stock concentrate? If so, what amount would you recommend? Thank you in advance!

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      Hi Sally, I usually make this with stock powder but you can absolutely use the concentrate! I’d say around 1 tbs depending on how flavoursome you want it to be. xx

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  9. Leftovers. Refrigerate the leftovers overnight. I made aranchini balls. Added a bit of breadcrumbs and an egg to risotto. Rolled into balls flattened and added a little cube of mozarella cheese rolled again then rolled in panko breadcrumbs with a little bit of olive oil into panko crumbs. Placed balls in small muffin tray and baked for 20 minutes on 180. The best!!!

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  10. 5 stars
    Tasty, quick and child friendly. What more could I ask for?! Only had regular cheese and used brown onion, still tasted great. Thank you!

  11. Yum. This was a hit with hubby and my fussy 5-year old. I served hers before adding baby spinach and pumpkin. I also used half an onion as it doesnt’ agree with me that much. The rice was a tad mushy though – any tips there? Pumpkin was cooked perfectly so I finally got the sizing right (about 1cm cubes).

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      Oh that’s SO great to hear!!! You could try chopping the chicken a little smaller and then cooking for a minute or two less if you’d like the rice less well cooked.

  12. 5 stars
    Yummmm, I have made this many times, going to make again tonight! One small thing I do differently is I roast my pumpkin while cooking the rest in thermomix, once all cooked, I just stir in pumpkin…omg it’s so good 😍

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