Instant Pot® Risotto alla Milanese

This recipe dates back to the 1500s and originates in Milan. Typically there are very few ingredients in this dish, resulting in a risotto that is deep yellow with a delicate flavor. I've changed the ingredients to suit modern cooks; originally beef marrow was used, something that is difficult to find. This recipe makes six, very large servings. It does not reheat well.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 pinches saffron

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup finely diced onion

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice

  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

  • 1 tablespoon butter (Optional)


  1. Heat chicken broth in a sauce pan over low heat. Add saffron threads and simmer without boiling.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add oil and allow to get hot. Stir in onion and cook until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in rice and saute, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Deglaze with white wine and allow to reduce by half. Pour hot broth and saffron mixture into the Instant Pot® and stir to combine. Close and lock the lid.

  3. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 6 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method in short bursts according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in Parmesan cheese and butter and allow to sit for 3 minutes before serving. Top each serving with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Cook's Note:

Homemade chicken broth tastes best for this risotto. Ideally unsalted or if you use store-bought chicken broth, try buying one with no salt added or a low salt version.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

301 Calories
7g Fat
49g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 301
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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