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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto, a warm comforting main or a side that is so quick and easy to make in an electric pressure cooker. Creamy and delicious with minimal hands on cooking and just 6 minutes of cook time. Vegan. Gluten-Free. A must-try!!!

Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto recipe

What is Butternut Squash Risotto

We love Butternut Squash, because of it's sweet nutty flavor and also nutrition. That's why after the Butternut Squash Soup, Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, Roasted Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad, it was time to make some Butternut Squash Risotto.

Butternut Squash Risotto is a preparation where arborio rice and butternut squash are cooked in broth and seasonings until a creamy consistency. Traditionally, the rice is slow cooked by gradually adding liquid to cook it, which makes the whole preparation very time consuming. It's a warm comforting meal and you can use seasonal veggies to make your risotto. If you have tried our Mushroom Risotto recipe, you will know why it's a frequent meal in our homes.

Why Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

If you haven't tried making risotto in your electric pressure cookers yet, then I say, what are you waiting for? 

It's quick and easy with barely any effort compared to cook risotto the traditional way and yet it's delicious. Honestly cooking risotto in an electric pressure cooker, saves a lot of time yielding the perfect textures and flavors.

It's pretty much dumping the onions, garlic and sage with a quick saute, followed by throwing in the rice, butternut squash, cooking wine, broth some salt and pressure cooking it. In just 6 minutes you have a comforting bowl of risotto ready to be served as a main or a side. No more continuous stirring and baby sitting, it's such a time saver.  Try it yourself!!!

Once you try this recipe you can also try our  Mushroom Risotto recipe.

Butternut Squash Risotto Ingredients

You don't need any fancy ingredients to make this recipe.

  • Butternut squash - If you plan to use a a fresh butternut squash, here is how to cut butternut squash into cubes. Or you can use pre-cut cubes or frozen butternut squash from the store.
  • Olive oil - You need this to saute the onions, garlic and sage. If you are not particularly vegan you can also substitute this for butter. 
  • Onions - Adding caramelized onions to any recipe always enhances the flavors.
  • Garlic - Another flavor booster. Mind you risotto is not super garlicky, you should be able to enjoy the mild flavors of garlic and other ingredients.
  • Sage - you can use fresh or dried sage
  • Arborio rice - This is your risotto rice. If you are making risotto, this is the rice you need to be using. Please do not try making this recipe with another variety of rice as it won't yield you the same results. arborio rice or risotto rice in a bowl
  • Cooking wine - Adding wine to risotto definitely enhances the flavor. Cooking wines are not as potent as regular wines. They will still enhance the flavors without leaving alcohol in the food.  If you don;t have cooking wine handy you could use any other wine such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or Unoaked Chardonnay. 
  • Broth or water - If I have broth I prefer to use it as it always adds flavor to the meal, but water is fine too. 
  • Cheese - You can either add vegan cheese or skip it completely. It's optional.
  • Salt 

How to make Butternut Squash Risotto in Instant Pot

Making Butternut Squash Risotto in your electric pressure cookers is very easy. Here is a gist of the of entire process however you can find the detailed recipe with measurements in the recipe card below.

Step 1 : Gather the ingredients mentioned above.

Step 2 : Saute - Using the saute function, heat the oil and dump in the onions, garlic and sage. Saute for a couple minutes until the onions change the color.

Step 3 : Pressure Cook - Throw in the butternut squash cubes and rice. Add in the cooking wine, broth or water and some salt. Close the lid, seal the vent and pressure cook for 6 minutes.

Step 4 : Manually release the pressure. Carefully open the lid. If you want to add vegan cheese add it now. Give it a stir and it's ready to be served. It will start thickening once the lid is opened.  

Can I store this Butternut Squash Risotto

It's best to consume the risotto fresh and warm. However if you do have leftovers you can always store it in air tight containers that can be refrigerated to frozen.

Can I freeze this Butternut Squash Risotto

Ideally you don't freeze risotto because because when you reheat the risotto the texture changes. However if you do have excess leftovers you can freeze it and reheat it by adding a little broth to the risotto while heating it again.

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto, a warm comforting main or a side that is so quick and easy to make in an electric pressure cooker. Creamy and delicious with minimal hands on cooking and just 6 minutes of cook time. Vegan. Gluten-Free. A must-try!!!

Ingredients

Instructions

    Step 1 : Gather the ingredients mentioned above.

    Step 2 : Saute - Using the saute function, heat the oil and dump in the onions, garlic and sage. Saute for a couple minutes until the onions change the color.

    Step 3 : Pressure Cook - Throw in the butternut squash cubes and rice. Add in the cooking wine, broth or water and some salt. Close the lid, seal the vent and pressure cook for 6 minutes.

    Step 4 : Manually release pressure. Carefully open the lid. If you want to add vegan cheese add it now. Give it a stir and it's ready to be served. 

Notes

Refer to the post's Ingredient section for

Risotto Rice

Cooking wine versus White Wine

Naturally pressure release versus manual release

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