You are here: Home » Recipes » Calabasa Leek Risotto Calabasa Leek Risotto Recipe by Relish Contributor Yield 4 servings Calabaza or Calabasa, also known as green pumpkin and West Indian pumpkin, is a popular squash variety that is grown throughout the Caribbean, Central America and South America. PrintEmail Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil1 large leek, chopped and washed well1/2 medium onion, chopped2 cups 1/2-inch-diced skinned calabaza squash3 sprigs fresh thyme chopped or 1 teaspoon dried1 bay leaf1 pound arborio rice6 cups vegetable broth or water1/3 cup parmesan cheese Salt and fresh-ground black pepper, to taste1/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds1/4 cup chopped cilantro Instructions Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and saute leeks and onions 1 minute. Add calabaza squash, thyme and bay leaf; saute 1 minute longer. Add rice and combine well with vegetables. Add about 2 cups broth, bring to a boil and continue to simmer, stirring often, until almost all the liquid is absorbed. Continue to add more broth and simmer, gradually adding remainder of broth in small quantities until rice is tender and most of broth is absorbed. When rice is tender after 15 to 18 minutes total cooking time, add parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and cilantro; serve immediately.