Instant Pot Italian Butternut Squash Risotto


Fresh butternut squash and classic Italian "aromi" join up for traditional risotto flavor made easy in your Instant Pot. This will save a bit of time and a lot of muscle work but won't cheat on flavor.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • cup chopped onion

  • cup chopped carrot

  • cup chopped celery

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced

  • 2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash

  • ½ cup chopped leek

  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 4 cups warm vegetable broth

  • ½ cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese

  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (such as Aceto Balsamico di Modena)


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Add olive oil, onion, carrot, and celery. Cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and rosemary and stir to combine. Add butternut squash and leek; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

  2. Stir rice into the pot until each grain is coated with the olive oil-vegetable mixture, about 2 minutes. Pour in wine to deglaze and simmer for 3 minutes. Pour in vegetable broth, stirring to scrape the sides of the pot. Simmer for 1 minute.

  3. Close and lock the lid. 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 according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in smoked mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

  5. Evenly distribute the balsamic vinegar among 4 plates. Spoon equal amounts of risotto onto each plate. Top with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.


You can use carnaroli rice instead of Arborio rice as well.

Other smoked cheese can be used instead of smoked mozzarella.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

573 Calories
15g Fat
87g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 573
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 756mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 87g 32%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 238mg 18%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 347mg 7%

* 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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