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If you’ve been too intimidated to try making homemade risotto, have no fear – the Instant Pot is here… and so is my delicious 3-Cheese Risotto recipe! This easy pressure cooker recipe makes creamy risotto with a shockingly low amount of effort on your part. Start with the ingredients suggested here, then feel free to experiment with different cheeses (Asiago and Romano are great choices) or by adding sliced vegetables or mushrooms. Bonus – it’s done in 30 minutes and is also gluten-free!
I’ve got the full Instant Pot 3-Cheese Risotto recipe at the bottom of this post (Jump to Recipe), but first I’ll share some step-by-step instructions and pictures to help you get the most out of this easy Instant Pot recipe the first time you make it.
How to make 3-Cheese Risotto in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker
This Instant Pot cheese risotto recipe starts by melting unsalted butter in your pressure cooker on Sauté mode (if using an electric pressure cooker; for stovetop pressure cookers, heat the pot over a burner on medium-high heat). After the butter is melted, add finely chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add arborio rice and stir until the rice is coated with the butter.
Add some dry white wine and stir well. Sauté for 2 1/2 minutes to burn the alcohol off of the wine, while still retaining its rich flavor.
Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, salt, and pepper. Note: For a lighter variation, you can substitute an additional cup of broth in place of the heavy cream. Press cancel (on electric pots) or turn off the burner (for stovetop cookers).
Close and lock the pressure cooker lid, make sure the pressure/steam-release switch is set to sealing, and set the cooking time to 6 minutes at high/normal pressure (if using an electric pressure cooker; for stovetop pressure cookers, heat over a burner on high heat, set a timer for 6 minutes after the pot has reached pressure, then reduce the heat to low). It will take 10 to 11 minutes for the pot to come to pressure before the cooking time begins.
After the pressure cooking time ends, electric pressure cookers will automatically turn off their heat (stovetop pressure cookers must be removed from the heat). Release the pressure using the manufacturer’s quick-release method.
Open the lid., and your Instant Pot risotto will look like the image above. Don’t worry if it still seems soupy at this point; that will change after you add the cheeses and allow the sauce to thicken.
Gradually stir in the three different cheeses until they are melted. Remember that once you get the method down, you can experiment with different cheeses (Asiago and Romano are great choices for Instant Pot risotto).
After you’ve stirred the cheeses in, let the risotto sit in the pot, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes to thicken. Now it’s ready to serve!
So good, and SO easy. I’ll never make risotto the old way on the stove again! I also always keep arborio rice stocked so I can whip this up.
For presentation purposes you can garnish with fresh herbs (like thyme sprigs), some additional grated Parmesan, or freshly cracked black pepper. This is optional, though, as the Instant Pot 3-Cheese Risotto is good to go after you remove it from the pressure cooker.
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