Chicken, Pumpkin, Bacon & Baby Spinach Risotto

The very first dinner I made in my Thermomix was risotto. Before my Thermie, I’d always loved making risotto on the stovetop or in the oven and I was totally unconvinced that a machine could do it better… until I went to a demo. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make risotto in the Thermomix. It was definitely one of the deciding factors for buying a Thermomix!

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This easy family risotto is full of delicious flavours! In fact, my Chicken, Pumpkin, Bacon & Baby Spinach Risotto is always a family favourite in our house. I like to use a bit of white wine in my risotto, but you can always substitute it for water if you like. Also, make sure you cut your pumpkin into very small cubes as otherwise it won’t steam enough in the Varoma (once I cut them too big and had to finish them off in the microwave at the last minute… oops!).

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If you’ve got a Thermoserver then definitely pop your risotto in there for 10 minutes to thicken. If you don’t have one, leave it in the TM bowl with the lid and measuring cup on. Before I had my Thermoserver, I would just dish the risotto up straight away, but it really needs that extra time for the liquid to soak in the the risotto to thicken up. Yum!

Risotto 2

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Chicken, Pumpkin & Baby Spinach Risotto

This Chicken, Pumpkin and baby Spinach Risotto is an easy family-friendly risotto!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Thermomix Recipes by Thermobliss


  • 80 g parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 onion
  • 40 g olive oil
  • 3 shortcut rashes bacon , chopped
  • 250 g chicken breast , cubed
  • 350 g arborio rice
  • 2 tbs chicken stock powder (or vegetable stock)
  • 900 g water
  • 100 g white wine
  • 200 g pumpkin , chopped into small cubes
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach


  • Place parmesan cheese into the bowl and grate on Speed 8 for 10 seconds. Remove and set aside.
  • 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, cubed chicken breast and chopped bacon and saute for 4 minutes, 100 degrees, Reverse Speed Soft.
  • Add arborio rice, chicken stock, wine and water to the bowl.
  • Put the pumpkin into the Varoma and place on top of the TM.
  • Cook for 16 minutes, 100 degrees, Speed 2.
  • Place the risotto into the Thermoserver, add the cooked pumpkin, the baby spinach and 1/2 of the parmesan cheese.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Cover for 5-10 minutes to allow the risotto to thicken.
  • Serve with the remaining parmesan cheese on top.


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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.

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