Instant Pot™ Wild Mushroom and Spring Pea Risotto
The Instant Pot™ makes wild mushroom and spring pea risotto easy enough for even the busiest weekdays. It’s a dish that’s delicious, nutritious, comforting, and on the table in 30 minutes. What more could you ask for?
There is something infinitely comforting about a dish of creamy rice with all the trimmings. It’s a dish that transcends culture, time, and place. Italians love risotto. Indians are comforted and nourished by cozy kichdis, and the British adore rice pudding.
However, the Italian dish — risotto — is one I associate with loving nonnas standing over steaming pots, stirring constantly, and patiently. It’s a labor of love. Risotto is definitely not a dish I usually consider on a busy weeknight.
However, the Instant Pot™ has changed my point of view. Risotto is a dish that works surprisingly well in the pressure cooker. Believe it or not, all that long stirring, adding a cup of liquid at a time, is completely unnecessary!
Don’t tell your Italian nonna, I’m sure she would consider Instant Pot™ risotto a sacrilege. However, if you serve her the pressure cooked risotto without mentioning the pot, I bet she’ll never know the difference!
About the Recipe
The trick to perfectly al dente Instant Pot™ risotto is to cook it on low (rather than high) pressure and halt the cooking as soon as the 5 minutes are up. Thus, you should manually release the pressure as soon as the timer goes off.
Bear in mind, rice requires varying amounts of liquid depending on the season, how old the rice is, and the humidity. Hence, don’t panic. Slight variations are normal. This is a very easy recipe, and minor textural issues are easy to fix!
In Veneto, they like their risotto looser, almost runny. This style is all’onda (or wavelike). However, if you are a fan of the compact, stickier style of risotto, never fear.
If the risotto seems a little loose at first glance, don’t panic. This is normal. A few stirs will sort it right out.
If, after stirring, the risotto still looks too loose, press [Cancel] on the Instant Pot™. Then, select the [Sauté] function and stir until enough liquid has evaporated to achieve your preferred texture.
If, on the other hand, you find the risotto a little too thick for your taste, don’t worry. Add a little water. Then, stir, adding water — little by little — until you achieve the desired consistency.
Consequently, once you are familiar with this easy (and basic) technique, I hope you will feel free to experiment with vegetables, proteins and flavours. Risotto brings out the best in seasonal produce. Best of all, cooking it in the Instant Pot™ keeps you and your kitchen cool!