Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto


This delicious combination of creamy Arborio rice and tasty butternut squash makes a great meatless main dish or a side dish for your favorite protein. Your Instant Pot makes quick work of this version of classic risotto, freeing you up for other last-minute dinner details. A salad and crusty bread complete this easy and flavorful meal. Garnish with additional fresh sage, if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cups Arborio rice

  • 3 sprigs fresh sage

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 2 cups diced butternut squash

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat broth in a microwave-safe container on High, about 5 minutes. Leave in the microwave until ready to use.

  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add onion once butter bubbles gently and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Mix in rice, sage, and garlic, stirring to coat. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour in wine and allow most of the wine to evaporate, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Add hot broth and butternut squash. Season with salt and pepper. Close and lock the lid. Cancel Saute function.

  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 according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and carefully remove the lid. Remove sage. Stir in Parmesan cheese and remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Add a teaspoon or two of water, if risotto is too dry. Serve warm.


For a vegetarian risotto, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

Your Instant Pot may take more or less time to come to pressure. A larger capacity pot will take more time to release pressure.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

638 Calories
12g Fat
105g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 638
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 313mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 105g 38%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 162mg 12%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 343mg 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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