Italian Suasage Risotto Instant Pot

Creamy, Smooth and Easy

Pressure Cooker Risotto - Italian Sausage

This recipe is one of the Italian all-time favorites - and is quite famous. Your loved ones will enjoy flavor-infused rice with all the great taste of an authentic Italian dish but made right at home in your apartment with an Instant Pot.

Surprisingly this recipe is super easy
creamy and smooth risotto
What is Risotto?
Risotto is usually thought of as a northern Italian rice dish cooked with broth until it reaches a smooth and creamy consistency. The broth can be any broth but is usually from meat, fish, or vegetables. Most risotto styles contain butter, onion, white wine, and parmesan cheese. It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy.
The traditional style of cooking risotto requires lots or attention and constant gentle stirring. When you make it in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker, it really is so simple - read on and see how you can make a smooth and creamy risotto at home.

This dish really is a must try.

Key Ingredients for Risotto


 Any wine can be used but usually, a drier style white wine is better.  The wine is a key ingredient as it boosts the flavors. The overall acidity of the wine will also provides the dish a nice balance.


Parmesan Cheese is best because of the consistency and creamy properties it brings to the dish.  use the best one you can as it will have deeper flavors. Also, keep a little for adding to the finished plate. 


Arborio Rice is used traditionally because it has a very high starch content. The good thing is it readily available and will be on the shelf at your supermarket.
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Italian Suasage Risotto Instant Pot

  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Rice Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Italian


This recipe a great Italian favorite. Your loved ones will enjoy flavor-infused rice with all the great taste of an authentic Italian dish but made right at home in your apartment with an Instant Pot.

This recipe is super easy



0.3 oz Dried mushrooms  (10g)   or (fresh mushrooms  1 oz or 30g)

2 Shallots

12 oz Arborio rice  (342g)

2 Garlic cloves

24 oz Chicken stock (700 g)

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese  (keep on tablespoon for garnish)

2.1 oz Peas  (60g)

1 tablespoon butter

3 Italian sausage

1 tablespoon Olive oil

½ cup Wine

½ tablespoon Parsley

¼ teaspoon Salt

¼ teaspoon Pepper

1 Pinch Cayenne pepper


  1. Peel the skin of the Italian sausage off and roll into round meatball size (you could also use premade meatballs from the supermarket)
  2. Turn the instant pot onto sautee high and place in the olive oil and heat up
  3. Place the meatballs around the edge so they are in the oil.
  4. Cook until slightly brown
  5. Add in the garlic and sweat it gently
  6. Stir in the Arborio rice and mix it well so that the garlic and meat juices are mixed
  7. Add in the Parsley and gently stir again
  8. Then add the chicken stock and wine and mix gently
  9. Lastly, add the peas and 1 tablespoon parmesan and the salt pepper and a pinch of cayenne
  10. Put on the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 mins and then release the pressure using the quick-release button on the instant pot- be careful as the steam is very hot.
  11. Then gently mix in the butter and stir gently
  12. Now you are ready to plate up


This dish can also have bacon bits added for extra flavor and it freezes really well.


  • Calories: 395

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risotto ingredients

 Prepare your Ingredients

It really does help to get organized by getting all your ingredients measured and organized first. 
Why - because when you have never made a recipe before - having all your ingredients ready means that you can firstly check them off against the recipe before you start so that nothing is missing. 

Secondly - as you are moving through the cooking steps it lets you focus on the dish preparation rather than jumping around looking for or preparing a missed item.

Here we have taken the meat out of the Italian sausages and rolled into meatballs. You could also use pre-made meatballs.

Saute the Meat Balls

We found that putting the meatballs around the edge of the instant pot bowl helped because there is a slight gathering of oil around the edge and it just helped in the meatballs staying together better as they are browned off.
sautee the meatballs in instant pot

We also have a great pulled pork burger recipe which is soo good as it is made with bourbon!!

lemongrass chicken marinade

Saute the Garlic and Shallots 

Gently sweat the shallots and garlic with the meatballs and get all the nice flavors mixing. 

Not too long - just enough for the onion and garlic to change color.

Add in the Rice

Adding the rice with all the flavors of the cooking so far just adds to the flavor.

Stir gently and do not let the rice burn.

arborio rice instant pot
add parsley instant pot

Stir Gently

Add in the parsley, and half of the cheese and just mix gently - if too hot turn off the instant pot as the residue warmth will let you complete the gentle mixing.

Stir Gently some more

Add in all the ingredients including the peas and give it a gentle stir.  (Hold off adding the butter).

Now put on the lid and cook as per the method.
creamy and smooth risotto
add in the butter to instant pot

Butter Add in for a nice creamy flavor.

After the instant pot has finished and just before you are ready to plate up - add in the butter.

This helps intensify the flavor, and make the taste extra smooth.

See the yellow bit of butter we are gently mixing into the risotto that has finished cooking.

Plated Risotto

I really like the depth of flavor and creamy smooth texture you get from making a risotto in the instant pot.

Plate it up and garnish it with fresh greens of your choice to make it look colorful.
italian sausage risotto instant pot
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Welcome To One Pot Dish. I have spent 20 years as a professional Chef.  I make and test all my recipes before I share them with you.