I love rice dishes and risotto is as the top of my favorites list. Unfortunately, many risotto recipes take a lot of time and patience to get a great result. Since I am an impatient cook, I always to try to find the fastest and easiest way to make a tasty meal. Therefore, I once again turn to my Instant Pot.
This recipe requires some prep work regarding washing and dicing the vegetables. But the majority of the prep takes place while the rice has already begun to cook. The beauty of this recipe is that you can alter the vegetables based upon what you have in the refrigerator. I suggest using vegetables that vary in color for a mix of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as for visual appeal.
Creamy Vegetarian Risotto ala Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooker
- Saute pan
- 1 large Sweet onion diced
- 1 large Shallot diced
- 1 Leek white part thinly sliced
- 4 tbsp Olive oil divided 2 + 2
- 1½ cup Arborio Rice
- 1 quart Vegetable broth
- 1 Green bell pepper diced, approximately 1 cup
- 1 Red or orange bell pepper diced, approximately 1 cup
- 2-6 Tomatoes (Compari or Roma preferred) diced, approximately 1 cup
- 1 crown Broccoli chopped, approximately 1 cup
- 1 small Zucchini diced, approximately 1 cup
- 1 cup Spinach leaves cut into slivers
- 1 teas Basil dried
- 1 teas Oregano dried
- 1 teas Black pepper ground
- ½ teas Sea salt
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- ½ cup (Optional) Dry white wine
- ¼ cup (Optional) Asiago or Parmasean Cheese grated
- Place diced onions, leeks, shallots into the Instant Pot and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Turn on the saute function of the Instant Pot, cooking until soft and translucent (about 8 minutes). Stir occasionally to prevent from scorching the onions.
- Add the rice and vegetable broth, cover with the lid, close the vent and set to manual, high pressure for 10 minutes.
- While the rice is cooking, prepare the vegetables: peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and spinach.
- In a saute pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the vegetables over medium heat until brightly colored and firm. Turn off the heat and allow the veggies to rest until the rice is ready.
- When the timer beeps on the Instant Pot, open the vent to allow the pressure to release.
- Open the lid and add the lemon juice, optional wine, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Stir well.
- If including cheese, mix it into the hot rice at this point.
- Toss in the sauteed vegetables and spinach slivers and mix.
- Serve hot.