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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

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  • Author: Kara Lydon
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Ready in just 35 minutes, this Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto is a set it and forget it meal. Hands-off and way less labor intensive with that creamy, rich texture we all love!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 16 ounces frozen butternut squash (about 4 cups cubed butternut squash)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch sage leaves, about 1620 leaves, stems removed
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté function for 7 minutes and add butter. Once melted (about 2-3 minutes), add shallot, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add rice and stir to coat. Cook rice until toasted, about 2 minutes. Turn off Sauté function and add wine to deglaze the pan. Continue to stir until most of wine is evaporated.
  3. Add broth and squash and stir ingredients before securing lid onto Instant Pot (make sure valve is set to sealing).
  4. Set Instant Pot to Manual/Pressure Cook (High) for 6 minutes.
  5. While the risotto is cooking, in a small fry pan add oil over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add half of the sage leaves to the pan and fry until leaves start to curl at the edges, about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining leaves. Place them onto a paper towel. Sprinkle generously with salt.
  6. Once the 6 minute pressure cook is done, use the quick release valve to release steam.
  7. Once pressure is released, open lid and stir in parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Divide risotto evenly into bowls. Sprinkle fried sage over top.


  1. Don’t rinse the rice. Washing the rice strips away the starch that is key for risotto’s creamy consistency.
  2. If the risotto is too thick, add more broth, a 1/4 cup at a time, until your desired consistency is reached.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian