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Risotto Under Pressure

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Serves three to four as a side dish; two as a main dish.

"This speedy recipe is one of my favorites for the pressure cooker," says Abigail Johnson Dodge, Fine Cooking's former test kitchen director. "In less than ten minutes I've got a great side dish for grilled chicken or pork. To make it into a main dish, I add leftover vegetables like mushrooms, broccoli, or peas, along with some chopped prosciutto."

  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • Pinch saffron (optional)
  • 3/4 cup arborio rice
  • 2 cups homemade or low-salt chicken broth (or 1-3/4 cups broth plus 1/4 cup white wine)
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbs. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano; more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat 2 Tbs. of the butter in a 4-qt. or larger pressure cooker over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring often, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the saffron, if using, and cook 1 minute. Add the rice and stir until the grains are well coated with the melted butter. Add the chicken broth (or broth and wine) and lock the lid in place. Increase the heat to high until the cooker reaches high pressure. Reduce the heat as necessary to maintain the high pressure setting and cook for 6 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and immediately release all the pressure (either using a quick-release feature or by running the pot under cold water, keeping the steam vent tilted away from you). Unlock and remove the lid and check the consistency of the rice and the amount of liquid.

If need be, pop the pan (uncovered) back on medium-high heat and cook, stirring, until the rice is al dente and the risotto is silky and creamy, not soupy. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 1 Tbs. butter, the parsley, Parmigiano, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 240; Fat (g): fat g 10; Fat Calories (kcal): 90; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 6; Protein (g): protein g 5; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 31; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 230; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 25; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

I have used this recipe more than any other on this site...so quick and easy! You can also add whatever you want at the end, great, great recipe!

This came out perfectly. I stirred in roasted asparagus after the risotto was cooked and it was delicious.

I doubled the recipe and cooked it for 8 minutes under presser. The rice was perfect with a little liquid left. The liquid soaked in while I prepared the rest of the meal. The whole family loved it.

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