Arroz con Calabaza: The Rice for Thanksgiving
Recipe Type: Side
Serves: 4 to 6
A vegetarian side dish perfect for Thanksgiving. Pumpkin rice is easy to create with basic ingredients, but with enough flavor to stand next to the turkey. Recipe adapted from Saveur
  • Long grain Rice - 2cups (I used Basmati)
  • Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, finely minced
  • Green Pepper/ Cubanelle pepper - 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Pumpkin - 1lb. peeled and chopped into ½" pieces (3~4cups chopped)
  • Red Pepper flakes - ½tsp
  • Salt & Pepper - to taste
  1. Wash and rinse the rice. Soak in cold water for at least 15~20 minutes.
  2. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add garlic and cook for 30sec ~ 1min or until garlic is lightly browned.
  3. Add the onions, green peppers and red pepper flakes. Cook till the veggies are tender.
  4. Next add the pumpkin and cook on medium flame for 2~3 minutes.
  5. Drain the rice and add to the pan. Mix well and add cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Add 1½cups of rice and season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and cook covered until all the water is absorbed and rice is cooked through. Turn off the heat and let rest for 5~10 minutes before serving.
Recipe by Honest Cooking at