Instant Pot Risotto 3 Ways: Pesto Parmesan, Mushroom & Fresh Tomato

Instant Pot Risotto 3 Ways


For the Risotto:

For the Pesto Parmesan Version:

For the Mushroom Version:

For the Fresh Tomato Version:


  1. In your instant pot on sauté mode, combine 2 tbsp butter and your diced onion. When the onion is translucent, add in garlic and continue to stir for 1 minute.
  2. Add in rice and stir for another minute. Pour in white wine and stir until it is completely absorbed. (IF MAKING THE FRESH TOMATO RECIPE, ADD IN DICED TOMATOES HERE).
  3. Add in veggie stock and salt and pepper. Close the instant pot and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes. Release steam and open your pot.

For the Pesto Parmesan Risotto:

  1. Stir in 2 tablespoons pesto and the parmesan cheese. Serve and add additional pesto and any remaining parmesan cheese as a garnish if desired.

For the Mushroom Risotto:

  1. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Close the instant pot to keep the risotto warm. In a small frying pan melt the butter and add in the mushrooms. Sauté until they are caramelized on both sides, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Serve the risotto and garnish with mushrooms or stir mushrooms in. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

For the Fresh Tomato Risotto:

  1. This version requires you to dice up the tomatoes and add them in BEFORE cooking the risotto! Noted above in the Risotto recipe. Once the risotto is cooked, stir in parmesan and garnish with diced green onions.

And just like that, you know how to make risotto 3 ways!


If you don’t have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, you can still make these using the traditional risotto method. Use the same ratio of rice to broth, instead heating your broth in a small saucepan and using a ladle to gradually add warm broth to your rice as it cooks. This method will take longer, but will still be delicious! As the Instant Pot recipes below require you to add other ingredients in AFTER risotto is fully cooked, you can follow the same steps with the traditional cooking method over a stovetop. 

Keywords: Instant Pot Risotto

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