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Pesto Risotto (Instant Pot + Stovetop)

A super simple, yet stunningly beautiful and delicious Pesto Risotto made with arborio rice. This versatile side or main dish recipe is vegan and can be made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stovetop.

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A super simple, yet stunningly beautiful and delicious Pesto Risotto made with arborio rice. This versatile side or main dish recipe is vegan and can be made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stovetop. Ease, beauty, simplicity – this Pesto Risotto recipe makes for one quick and utterly delicious dish that can…

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Ease, beauty, simplicity – this Pesto Risotto recipe makes for one quick and utterly delicious dish that can be enjoyed on its own or alongside your favorite sides and entrees. It adds a pop of vibrant green alongside deep, rich flavors and a delightfully creamy texture.

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What is Risotto?

Risotto is a creamy Italian side dish (or main course) made with a starchy rice called arborio rice.

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Ingredients

  • Oil (or butter).
  • Vegetable stock or water.
  • Arborio rice.
  • Salt.
  • Pesto.

Note: ingredient amounts and method can be found in the full recipe card towards the bottom of this post.

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How-to Make

What to Serve with Risotto

  • Nothing – it’s great on its own!
  • Add your favorite protein – tofu, tempeh, seeds all make great toppers for this risotto dish!
  • Top with steamed or roasted veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes or peas.
  • Serve alongside a big salad.
  • Top off with some creamy white beans.

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Special Tips

Rice

Be certain to only use arborio rice. This particular rice is high in starch and responsible for the creamy texture you get with risotto.

Pesto

This recipe works with any pesto your heart desires — store-bought, vegan broad bean and pea, beet, you name it!

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Pesto Risotto (Vegan)

Yield: 2 servings Prep Time: 3 minutes Cook Time: 6 minutes Additional Time: 3 minutes Total Time: 12 minutes

A super simple, yet stunningly beautiful and delicious Pesto Risotto made with arborio rice. This versatile side or main dish recipe is vegan and can be made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stovetop.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons vegetable broth or water (4 cups for stovetop method)

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Press the saute function button on your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Add oil and rice. Saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Press cancel to turn off saute function. Stir in water and salt.
  3. Place the lid on and cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes.
  4. While waiting for it to cook, prepare your favorite pesto. I like this vegan cashew pesto.
  5. When the Instant Pot is finished cooking, carefully quick release the pressure. Fluff the risotto with a fork.
  6. Gently fold in prepared pesto.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Stovetop Instructions

  1. In a large pot bring the vegetable broth or water to a low simmer.
  2. Meanwhile in a large skillet or pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add rice and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add a ladle of hot broth/water to the sauteed rice. Let sit until the broth is mostly absorbed. Repeat with remaining broth, using only a ladle a time until the all the broth is absorbed. The risotto should have a creamy consistency when finished. If it’s too dry, add more broth; if it’s too wet, let it cook longer until absorbed.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in salt and pesto.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Please refer to the TIPS section above in the post for valuable information.

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Nutrition Information: Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 bowl

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

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Cuisine: Italian / Category: Side Dishes

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