Making risotto in the Instant Pot pressure cooker saves a lot of time compared to the traditional method of preparation! It’s creamy, easy, and delicious!
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Sometimes I think I must have been Italian in another life. I mean, really, what is not to love about Italian cuisine? Now, I’ve never actually been to Italy (yet!), and I realize that much of what we consider to be Italian food is a bit Americanized, but still–bread, cheese, pasta, sauce–it’s just all so good!
I’ve loved risotto for a while now. I first began making it myself several years ago, and I love that it is a pretty versatile food. You can add whatever veggies or herbs you have on hand, you can use it as a side or main dish, you can experiment with different aromatics and wines.
Traditionally, making risotto requires a bit of close attention. You babysit the pot of rice as it cooks, stirring it nearly constantly and adding more liquid along the way until it reaches the perfect consistency. I used to really enjoy the slow process of getting the rice just right.
But now? Have I mentioned that I have three small children? Let’s get real–standing over a hot pot of rice stirring it constantly is not exactly a possibility in my life right now. I can only imagine the havoc that would go down while I gingerly ladled steaming broth into the risotto. Yeah…not happening.
Once again, Instant Pot for the win. With the pressure cooker, making risotto no longer has to be the laborious process it once was. I was a little worried that making risotto in the Instant Pot would yield a less than stellar result, but I was wrong. The risotto is just as creamy and the process is so much easier.
The first risotto I made with my Instant Pot was Pressure Cooker Risotto Bolognese by Barbara at Pressure Cooking Today. It was a dreamy one-pot meal that was full of flavor. But more recently, I wanted a simple risotto to enjoy as a side dish, so I made this parmesan basil risotto in the Instant Pot.
I’m a huge fan of using a handful of simple ingredients to create something delicious, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
It’s really simple. You begin the process with the Saute function of the Instant Pot, cooking the onions in a bit of oil and butter. The garlic and arborio rice is added and cooked for just a bit before adding a splash of white wine. Once the white wine is mostly evaporated and cooked down, the broth is added and the rice is cooked under pressure.
After the rice is cooked, the cheese, basil, and a pat of butter are stirred in. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper and you’re good to go! The fresh basil is a perfect compliment to the creamy parmesan. You can serve this as a side dish–I served it with sausage and peppers, but I think it would be perfect alongside some grilled chicken or fish. Or add in some veggies or protein to bulk it up into a main dish.
If you’ve been hesitant to make risotto before, or if you just need a more hands-off approach, give this method a try. It’s favoloso!
You can learn more about making easy pressure cooker recipes here!