How To Make Delicious Mushroom + Spinach Risotto In The Instant Pot
To those of you that have been raving to me about the wonders of making risotto in the Instant Pot, I say…
OMG you were so right! Thank you, thank you!
Honestly, I wasn’t totally sold on the idea of making this somewhat tedious and finicky dish in the IP. I’m not an expert of course, but I have had the pleasure of eating some pretty darn delicious risottos. And, by the way, if you order it at a restaurant in Italy they will tell you straight off that it’s going to be a long wait.
Because a good one takes time…add the broth, stir…add a bit more broth, stir…more broth please, stir, stir…and on and on…you get the point.
Well, I tried it and I have to tell you, it came out perfect!
And it’s so easy. Simply saute your veggies in some oil, add the rice and broth and any aromatics (herbs and spices). Pressure cook for 7 minutes, quick pressure release, then open pot and stir in butter and Parmesan, close and let it sit another 5 minutes.
Voila, a most delicious risotto is ready for your enjoyment.
I hope you give this a try, it really surprised me!
Enjoy your day friends, hang in there…spring is coming.
A few notes…
Risotto requires using Italian short-grain rice such as Arborio or Carnaroli. It will not work well with the long grain varieties.
When you open up your pot after the cooking time is up, you might think that it’s not quite ready. However once you give it a good stir and add your butter and Parmesan it immediately starts to take on that beautiful consistency that makes risotto so special. Covering it up and letting it rest another 5 minutes really made a difference too, it needs that extra time to become just perfect.
Also, if you choose to substitute real butter and Parmesan with other sub par ingredients, then I cannot guarantee a delicious turnout. Sorry folks, but real butter is magical, there’s nothing else quite like it. And don’t even try to tell me there are good fake substitutes for Parmesan cheese. These ingredients are the cornerstone of a good risotto, use them if you can!
Vegan options: I recently made this risotto for my vegan daughters by substituting the butter with the vegan product Earth Balance Butter, and added a handful of Daya cheese shreds. They loved the risotto, it was indeed still delicious. But for me it just wasn’t as creamy as the original.
*The recipe inspiration came from the Mushroom Spinach Risotto on the Instant Pot app. I did, however, make some changes to create the recipe below. Enjoy.
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Instant Pot Mushroom + Spinach Risotto
Instant Pot Mushroom + Spinach Risotto
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 8 oz pkg cremini mushrooms
- 1/8 tsp each salt + pepper
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- splash of white wine
- 2 cups mushroom broth (can also use chicken broth or vegetable)
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- large handful of fresh spinach leaves
- drizzle of olive oil for garnish
- more Parmesan for garnish
- Press SAUTE mode on Instant Po and add olive oil.When screen reads HOT, add onion and cook for a couple of minutes, until lightly browned and softened.
- Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook a few minutes, stirring often, then add garlic and cook 1 minute more.Add splash of wine and cook 2 more minutes
- Press CANCEL.Add broth, rice, thyme, basil, parsley and give it all a good stir.
- Lock on lid and turn pressure valve to SEALING.Choose PRESSURE COOK function and adjust timer to 7 minutes.
- When timer beeps done press CANCEL, and do a quick pressure release by carefully turning pressure valve on lid to VENTING.When all pressure has released open lid, add butter and Parmesan and give the risotto a really good stir.
- Lock on lid again and allow to rest for 5 minutes.Open lid, gently stir in spinach, stir and let rest with lid on for 5 more minutes or until ready to serve.When ready to serve, give it all a good stir and serve it hot, topped with more parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
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This looks to be delicious! Thank you for sharing on the blog hop Linky party!
it is so good, hope you get to try it! have a great weekend!
Of Goats and Greens
Collecting recipes for a future InstaPot…. Spinach, mushrooms??? what’s not to like?
Thats what I did too before I finally got one! Hope u get to try this soon😄
I love Risotto! I have not purchased an instapot yet but I do love my crockpot. Thanks for linking up with us for meatless Monday. Hope you will check out some of the other recipes in the linkup as well
I used my crockpot a lot before, but the Instant Pot is great for cooking foods that normally take much longer, highly recommend it. Have a great weekend
I love risotto! This sounds delicious
I love it too and was so happy it turned out delish with such ease. Hope u get a chance to try it out
Sim @ Sim's Life
I do love a good risotto but have never made one myself – a little to scared to, but your recipe has inspired me! Sim x #MeltInYourMouthMondays
You can do it! with the Instant Pot! so easy and honestly the results really surprised me, so delish!
Life Diet Health
This sounds delicious Mary – although I don’t have an instant pot! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday – don’t forget to add your party links in for a chance to be featured the following week.
Well there’s always the old fashion way of cooking this, takes longer, lots of stirring, but the results are also delish! Added your link to my party page of course! will be dropping in again, have a great week!
The Girl Next Door
So much yum! The risotto looks so good! 🙂
I don’t own an Instant Pot, but I’d love to try this out some time.
a good risotto is so yummy! and it definitely turns out great in the Instant Pot…I waited and waited till one came on sale for the lowest price, black friday! Im so happy with it
Your Instant Pot Risotto will be delicious, I love the combination and thanks so much for sharing them with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Thanks for dropping it, hope you have a chance to try this risotto, its delicious!
Dee | Grammy's Grid
YUM! Sounds tasty! I finally bought an Instant Pot after my daughter raved about hers so much! I have used it two times and am still afraid of it! Yes, I am. I grew up in the 60s and 70s when pressure cookers were blowing thru the roofs of many kitchens and so I’m a bit nervous when I use it. Thanks so much Mary for linking up with us at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty 32! Shared ♥
Lol, you are not alone, I’m hearing this a lot from people who have owned a pressure cooker in the past! I was a tad scared myself, but soon realized that lid is locked on and going nowhere until the pressure is released, so now I use mine a lot, making soups, rice, eggs, meat and chicken all with lots of success. Hope you get to try some of the other recipes on the blog. thanks for the visit and have a great week
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
Beautiful dish!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – Have a wonderful week!
Oh, that looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!
This is a fantastic recipe! It came out so good. I would like to double it, do you think the texture would change much?
I have not tried doubling but I think it should work out. I love this recipe too, happy to hear you enjoyed it!
Jasmine | Midsummer Life Dream
Love this! I always do risotto on the stove, and it takes forever, and I have to watch it so it doesn’t bubble over or dry up. Instant pot would be soo much easier!
I tried to make risotto recently on the stove top. It was very labor intensive and honestly it did not come out well. The rice was more than aldonate and I was so disappointed I almost threw the rest of the Arborio rice in the compost. Thankfully I found this recipe on Pinterest and I am so excited!! Risotto is one of my husbands favorites and this recipe was so delicious!! Easy and delicious? What more could a girl ask for? So thank you thank you THANK YOU!!
I love that risotto, it really is amazing how well it turns out in the Instant Pot isn’t it! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I’m so glad you gave it a try. Have a great weekend