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Instant Pot Risotto (Two Versions)

Easy instant pot risotto (pressure cooker).Choose from a cheddar, rosemary and shitake mushroom risotto or a vegan risotto (dairy free pea and mushroom risotto).
Course dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Instant Pot Takes about 15 minutes to build pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 440kcal
Author Aubrey
Cost $6


  • Pressure cooker or Instant Pot


  • 2-4 tablespoon Butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 clove garlic
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 6 oz bouillon cube (chicken,beef or vegetable)
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ oz dried shiitake mushrooms (can also substitute 6 oz white mushrooms)
  • 3 oz cheddar cheese (optional)
  • ½ cup frozen peas (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Steps 1-3 are optionalbut will add additional depth of flavor. If you chose to skip these steps, simply add these ingredients into the Instant Pot (in Step 4). Set Instant Potto sauté setting.
  • Sauté onion in butteror oil for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
  • Add garlic and sautéfor about 1-2 minutes (be careful not to burn garlic).
  • Add onion, garlic,butter or oil, Arborio rice, water, boullion cube, rosemary and shiitake mushrooms to instant pot.
  •  Cook on high pressure setting for 6 minutes.
  •  When machine beeps, full release pressure (quick release).
  • When all pressure is released and you can remove lid from instant pot, remove lid and stir in cheddar cheese.
  • Transfer to bowl and serve immediately.


Version 2: (Vegan/Dairy-Free)
  • Substitute chicken stock (or any meat based stock) for a mushroom or vegetable stock.
  • Substitute butter for extra virgin olive oil (or your preferred vegan based oil).
  • Omit cheese. Cheese is not necessary in this recipe as the combination of the instant pot cooking method and Arborio rice provides for a delicious and creamy rich texture.
  • See Step 7: Add ½ cup frozen peas and mix in. The rice will be hot at this point and will bring the peas to temp.


Calories: 440kcal