Instant Pot Risotto Alla Parmigiana Recipe

Risotto may seem like quite a simple dish since it's basically rice cooked in broth, but it can be pretty time-consuming if cooked the standard way. As recipe developer Deniz Vergara describes the process, "With traditional risotto, you have to stir constantly for about 20 minutes as you slowly pour [in] hot broth." The reason for this is because the rice needs to absorb the liquid just a little at a time, something Vergara says is "very time consuming and high maintenance." By making risotto in an Instant Pot, however, she tells us it's "really easy to have a gourmet meal without all the fuss."

Apart from the use of the Instant Pot, however, this recipe is a really traditional one using nothing more than broth, a shallot, garlic powder, and Parmesan to flavor the rice and some half-and-half to give it a creamy consistency. It's important to use the proper rice, however. As Vergara explains, arborio is a high-starch rice, and when cooked, she says, "result[s] in a firmer, chewier, and creamier rice" than if you used any other type to make your risotto.

Assemble the ingredients for the Instant Pot risotto alla parmigiana

Once you've acquired the arborio rice necessary to make this risotto, the other ingredients should be pretty easy to lay your hands on and many of them may already be in your refrigerator or pantry. You'll need some olive oil and butter for cooking, a shallot, garlic powder, and salt to flavor the rice, broth to provide the necessary liquid to hydrate the rice, and some Parmesan cheese and half and half to finish off the dish.

Start by sautéing the shallot

Set your Instant Pot to sauté and set its timer to 6 minutes. Pour the olive oil into the pot and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the butter melts, cook the shallot until it's translucent. Stir the shallot as it cooks, but be careful not to let it brown! If it does, Vergara warns, "it will discolor your creamy white risotto and acquire too strong of a taste."

Pressure cook the rice

Stir the rice into the oil and butter along with the garlic powder and salt. Make sure it's entirely coated — as Vergara says, "It will have a nice sheen to it." Turn off the sauté setting, then pour the broth into the pot. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Once the time is up (which could take 8 minutes in all, counting the time for the pot to get up to pressure), do a manual steam release right away. If you delay the release, Vergara warns "the risotto will get mushy."

Add the dairy after the rice is done cooking

Once the Instant Pot has de-pressurized to the point where you can open it, stir the remaining butter into the rice along with the Parmesan and half-and-half. Your risotto is now ready to eat, although you can garnish it with chopped parsley and/or extra Parmesan cheese if you want to dress it up.

Vergara advises that leftover risotto can be reheated on the stove with some additional liquid (broth or half and half) to loosen it up a bit. She also suggests that it could be coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried in order to make arancini.

Instant Pot Risotto Alla Parmigiana Recipe
5 from 31 ratings
Risotto can be a tricky dish to make, but this Instant Pot recipe will remove any of the guesswork.
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risotto in white bowl
Total time: 25 minutes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 shallot, finely minced
  • 1 ½ cup arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 28 ounces (3 ½ cups) chicken or vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup half and half
Optional Ingredients
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté for 6 minutes.
  2. Add the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to the pot, then add the shallot when the butter has melted.
  3. Stir the shallot constantly until it appears translucent.
  4. Add the rice to the pot along with the garlic powder and salt and stir to coat it with the oil and butter.
  5. Cancel the sauté setting and add the broth to the pot.
  6. Set the instant pot to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes with the valve sealed – it may take up to 5 minutes to get to the proper pressure before it starts cooking.
  7. Do a manual release of the pressure as soon as the cooking time is up.
  8. Stir the remaining butter into the rice along with the Parmesan and half and half
  9. If desired, garnish the risotto with chopped parsley and additional Parmesan before serving warm.
Calories per Serving 497
Total Fat 22.4 g
Saturated Fat 12.3 g
Trans Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 50.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 63.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
Total Sugars 2.0 g
Sodium 778.0 mg
Protein 9.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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