RicWeeknight Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto! Yes, you can have risotto on a weeknight! The secret? The instant pot! This Weeknight Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto is ready in under 30 minutes and so good you may never make regular parmesan risotto again! Creamy, rich and luxurious it is everything you love about risotto without the stirring!
Italy has given us many wonderful dishes and parmesan risotto is one of my favorites. When I think about comfort food, parmesan risotto is right at the top of the list - creamy, silky and cheesy with that wonderful chewiness, it represents everything I love and admire about Italian cuisine - simple ingredients combined with stellar technique. But often that technique means long cooking times - especially for dishes like this parmesan risotto.
But not anymore! Cue the Instant Pot! Yes, the Instant Pot! Believe it or not, risotto is ideally suited for the Instant Pot! Truth be told I was skeptical at first, but after making a few batches, I was convinced and I think after tasting this Weeknight Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto you will be too!
What type of rice do you need to make parmesan risotto?
In Italy, several different rices are used in risotto. Arborio, Carnaroli, Baldo, Cal Riso and Vialone Nano are all used, with Carnaroli considered by many to be the best. Here in the United States, Arborio is still the most common but it's becoming easier to find the other varieties. All these rices have two things in common:
- medium to short plump grains, and
- a high starch content.
Rices such as basmati and long grain white rice don't have enough starch content to create that luxurious creaminess that is the hallmark of a good risotto. If you can't find Arborio, sushi rice does work although it doesn't have the same texture as Arborio.
Now that we've got that all straightened out...
How do you make this Weeknight Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto?
Step 1: Melt the butter and saute the onions in the Instant Pot until they are translucent:
Step 2: Add the wine and cook until almost all the wine is evaporated. This is a crucial step because there is very little evaporation with a pressure cooker. Skipping this step results in a strong alcohol flavor in your risotto!
Step 3: Add the rice and cook until the rice is translucent around the edges...
Step 4: Add the stock and a few sprigs of fresh thyme (if you want!) and then put on the lid and cook on manual for 6 minutes.
Step 5: Follow the manufacturer's instructions to manually release the steam and then remove the lid. Add the grated parmesan and stir...
And then sit down to a creamy bowl of this Weeknight Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto!
Serving suggestions for Weeknight Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto:
This parmesan risotto would pair wonderfully with this Shrimp with Crispy Pancetta, Tomatoes and Rosemary or with these Yogurt,Lemon and Mint Grilled Chicken Breasts.
Other Rice Side Dishes:
Weeknight Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 brown onion cut into ¼ inch dice
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 cups low sodium chicken stock
- ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese
- Set the instant pot to medium saute and melt the butter.
- Add the onions and saute until the onions are soft and translucent -about 6 minutes.
- Add the rice and saute until the rice is translucent around the edges - about 3 minutes.
- Add the white wine and cook until almost all the wine is evaporated.
- Add the chicken stock, pepper and thyme sprigs and stir to combine.
- Add the lid and press manual. Set the timer for 6 minutes.
- After 6 minutes, follow the manufacturer's directions for a "manual" release.
- Remove the lid from the instapot and stir the risotto. Remove the thyme stems and stir in the parmesan. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
- Portion between 4 plates or bowls and serve, passing additional parmesan if desired.
Lisa Torres says
Nancy, I am making this recipe in my shiny NEW instant pot...looks super easy and delicious, thank you for sharing another awesome recipe.
The photos looked so wonderful that I tried it with lunch today. Very rich and tasty. It went great with some leftover salmon from dinner last night.
thank you for a nice share
Can this recipe be doubled if the amount measure under the capacity line? And if so do you increase the cook time?
Ooooohhhh... that's a great question!!! I have not personally tried doubling the recipe so I can't give you a "tested" answer. However, if the ingredients fit, I see no reason that you couldn't easily double the recipe. Here's where it gets a bit tricky though. While the pressure cooker is getting up to pressure, it is cooking the ingredients - so with a larger volume, it will take a bit longer to come to pressure. Therefore I would keep the cooking time the same and then after you've done the manual release I would check it. If it's perfect, I'd remove the insert and place it on a cooling rack to stop the cooking process. If you feel it needs a bit more time, you could switch to the saute function (low) and stir the risotto until you have the texture you prefer. With risotto, some people like it more al dente while others like it less so - mine I believe falls somewhere in the middle. Now of course, I have to try increasing the recipe to know for certain!!!
Hi, I am not a good cook but trying, I found this recipe and I am literally cooking it now! I have one comment, where does it say put in the arborio rice? This might seem logically to those that cook, but I am a total novice! I have just guessed and thrown it in with butter and onions...hope it turns out ok!
EEK! I can't believe I forgot to add in the rice! THANK YOU for letting me know! Putting the rice in with the butter and onions is fine. The key is to cook off the wine so the risotto doesn't have a strong alcohol flavor! Let me know how the risotto turned out!
Question: pictorial directions have the wine in before the rice, written directions have the rice in before the wine. Which is correct?
Can I hire you as my proofreader? 🙂 The correct method is to add the wine first! When I adapted the recipe for the Instant Pot I changed it. When I make it on the stovetop, I always add the wine after adding the rice, and since there is more evaporation, the alcohol taste isn't there. but I found with the instant pot I needed to add it before to reduce it as much as possible- otherwise, I could still taste the alcohol! Thank you for alerting me to this - I've gone in and changed the recipe card so it tracks with the pictorial directions!!
Thanks!! Made it tonight—it was fabulous!!
I am so glad you liked it! Definitely beats 45 minutes of stirring!!!!
This was SOO delicious! I did double the recipe as asked about above. It needed just a few more minutes on saute after the cooking time and it was perfect! Thanks for a much more elegant taste than other risottos I've attempted!
What did I ever do without a pressure cooker?? lol
Renee Cauvin says
Will definitely make again!
I can't tell you how happy your comments made me!! I am sooo glad you enjoyed the risotto and I agree..the Instant Pot is one of the best things ever!!!!
I have the Instapot DUO60 and it doesn't have a Manual function. Which function should I use instead? Thank you in advance for your help!
Hi Laura! First off, my apologies for not responding sooner. My comments filter has gone a bit wonky and yours ended up in Spam :-(. So to your question - I checked your model and it's supposed to have a manual setting on the main keypad. But if it doesn't, use the "pressure cooker" setting!! I hope this helps and that you enjoy the risotto! The biggest issue is liquid and fine tuning it to give you the amount of liquid you like in your risotto. I'm finding that not everyone likes theirs the same - some like it wetter and some drier. So, IF yours comes out wetter than you like, switch to saute when the risotto is done and stir for a couple of minutes. If it's drier, you can stir in a bit of water!
Caroline Reed says
nothing exciting about this recipe
I don't consider risotto exciting per se - comforting, rich, and indulgent yes, but exciting? Not exactly. But turning a recipe one normally wouldn't make on a busy weeknight into one that people can enjoy anytime? Now that is exciting!!!
What if you don’t have wine or want to use wine?
Hi Gayle! GREAT question!! You can simply leave it out and just use the stock. The wine adds flavor and, more importantly, acidity to the dish. I would taste the risotto just before serving. If the flavor seems a bit flat, use a touch of freshly squeezed lemon juice to add a little acidity!! I hope you enjoy the risotto!!
Patty Arrowsmith says
Hi, I haven't tried this yet, but ALERT! The written recipe, where I would normally print it, is way messed up. You add the rice at the beginning AND at the end . I believe at the end you are adding parmesan. If one reads the long step by step, it's better. Can't wait to try it, though!
Thanks for catching that Patty - I definitely need to hire a full time proof reader! Have gone in and fixed it!
Julie Kurtz says
What I have on hand is labeled "cooking wine". Will this work for this recipe? 🤔
Since it can vary from brand to brand, I'd taste a little bit - if you like the flavor, go ahead and use it! The ones I've tasted have not tasted good at all, so if that's the case, I'd just skip it!!!