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Cheesy Instant Pot Risotto with Spring Veggies

Written by COA Nutrition Team On June 3, 2022

This might be your new favorite Instant Pot recipe yet! Creamy, cheesy risotto in 6 minutes! You can use whatever spring vegetables are available in your fridge! Besides asparagus and cherry tomatoes; zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, peas, mushrooms all go well with this recipe too, use your imagination!


  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 1/2 cup asparagus
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 2 cup arborio rice
  • 3 cup vegetable broth, low-sodium
  • 2 table spoon lemon juice
  • 1 tea spoon oregano, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel, raw


  1. Press the “sauté” button to get the Instant Pot heated up (make sure it’s on “normal” heat).
  2. Chop veggies: dice onion very finely, cut asparagus into 1-inch chunks (throwing away the tough ends), and mince garlic. You’ll need about 1 1/2 cups of asparagus once chopped.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the heated Instant Pot, then add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Add rice and sauté for another 3 minutes, until just barely starting to toast. Press “cancel” to turn off the sauté function.
  4. Add the broth, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and veggies. Scrape the bottom a bit to make sure no rice is stuck. Place the lid on the pot with vent closed, and use “Manual” on high pressure. Select 6 minutes.
  5. Once the rice finishes cooking, do a quick release by carefully opening the vent to release steam. After the pin drops, open the pot and carefully stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve warm and garnish each serving with a few pinches of lemon zest.

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