Risotto is easy to make as long as you have all your ingredients prepped in advance. Pour everyone a glass of wine and let the conversation flow. The chef needs to balances the stock level as the rice cooks, but it's an easy, vegetarian meal for cooler weather.
* I roasted some small sweet pumpkins. This is definitely more flavorful than using canned pumpkin. However, if you are pressed for time canned pumpkin is fine too.