Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

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Roasted butternut squash is added to a creamy thyme and viognier instant pot risotto for a comforting fall dinner. 

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto with Viognier

Roasted butternut squash is added to a creamy thyme and viognier instant pot risotto for a comforting fall dinner. 

Inspired by one of my absolute favorite butternut squash recipes from the last year, this version is cooked in an Instant Pot (or pressure cooker, whatever you prefer to call it), so that means it’s easy and quick to get onto the dinner table!

While technically a meatless recipe, I do call for the use of chick stock in this pressure cooker butternut squash risotto. It can obviously easily be adapted to be vegetarian by using vegetable broth, so the choice is yours. 

Roasted butternut squash is added to a creamy thyme and viognier instant pot risotto for a comforting fall dinner. 

The butternut squash is roasted in the oven, it can be roasted the night before or about an hour or so you plan to start cooking dinner. Since it’s cubed, it only takes about 40 minutes to roast so that’s enough time to take your shoes off, get into some comfy clothes, pour yourself a glass of wine (I recommend Viogner) and read a chapter or two of the book you’re struggling to get through. Speaking of books, I just finished Things You Save in a Fire and I really loved it and cannot recommend it enough. It’s such a huge contrast to what I usually read (give me all the dark and depressing novels any day of the week—be sure to leave some reading recommendations in the comments if you have one!)

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Roasted butternut squash is added to a creamy thyme and viognier instant pot risotto for a comforting fall dinner. 

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Roasted butternut squash is added to a creamy thyme and viognier instant pot risotto for a comforting fall dinner. 
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Yield: 8

Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Risotto

Pressure cooker butternut squash is a year-round favorite, perfect for late summer or early fall when butternut squash is ripe and in season.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 55 M


  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (I LOVE using Viognier in this recipe)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


How to cook Pressure Cooker Butternut Squash Risotto

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Toss the squash with 2 tablespoons of the oil and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Season well with salt and pepper. Roast, stirring once, until tender and caramelized, 30–35 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Set Instant Pot on Sauté and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the garlic and shallots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sage and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the risotto and cook, stirring often, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook until the wine is evaporated, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in stock, lock on lid, making sure the steam-release valve is set to seal. Select “manual” and program for 10 minutes on low pressure.
  4. Once time has passed, turn off the pressure cooker, set the steam release valve to release, and unlock the lid. Stir carefully with a wooden spoon, add butternut squash and parmesan cheese and fresh spring of thyme..



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