Mushroom and Spinach Risotto
By :Instant Pot Miracle
The traditional cooking method for risotto involves standing at the stove and stirring almost constantly to achieve the signature creamy texture of the dish. The Instant Pot® eliminates that, turning out luscious risotto with the touch of a button.
Votes: 135
Rating: 4.84
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Mushrooms, Rice, Vegetable Broth
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shallots chopped
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or chicken if not vegetarian
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Rice & Pastas
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Mushrooms, Rice, Vegetable Broth
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shallots chopped
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or chicken if not vegetarian
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
Votes: 135
Rating: 4.84
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  1. Select sauté on the Instant Pot and adjust to normal. Add oil to pot. When oil is hot, add shallots and cook for 2 minutes to soften, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add mushrooms, salt, and crushed red pepper; cook for 4 minutes or until mushrooms are tender, stirring frequently.
  3. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute more. Press cancel. Add broth, rice, and thyme.
  4. Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select Manual and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. When cooking is complete, use a quick release to depressurize.
  5. Add butter and spinach to rice mixture; stir to wilt spinach. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
96 replies
  1. Taunderdown
    Taunderdown says:

    Absolutely love this flavorful recipe! I made a rotisserie chicken last night and placed over a bed of this Risotto and it was a hit!!

  2. Lilmama411
    Lilmama411 says:

    Incredible! Kids loved it! I made some simple chicken breasts in the IP first and then served with the risotto!

  3. Jennstevens
    Jennstevens says:

    My husband and I really enjoyed this dish. Easy to make and flavorful! (Also if you have the PC pinch bowl set, it makes adding the seasonings easier! Pre measure and line them up.)

  4. Ape
    Ape says:

    Delicious! Just have to remember to adjust the recipe to the Luxx mini. Made that mistake with the red lentil chilie

  5. Eyewater1
    Eyewater1 says:

    Close to perfect (there’s always got to be some room to improve). And so quick and easy.

    I put the rice in right after the shallots as I was always accustomed, using the traditional endless stirring method, to coating the rice with oil before adding the liquid.

    It’s like an act of faith that you can close the lid on raw rice and open it after releasing the pressure in six minutes and there it is, al dente risotto.

  6. Cookingnana
    Cookingnana says:

    I make risotto with mushrooms all the time this is better than my own. It makes me want to cook because you do not spend hours in the kitchen preparing you prepare pot/set, you let it cook while you’re relaxing it’s wonderful

  7. Sashakendic
    Sashakendic says:

    We loved it! So delicious!

    Side note: where it says “press Manual”, i had to press “pressure cook” on my Instant Pot instead.

  8. MakesMeWannaUke
    MakesMeWannaUke says:

    Loved it. Added white wine, used arugula instead of spinach. Will use just a bit less liquid next time. Cant have enough butter or parmesan.

  9. ustexasjoe
    ustexasjoe says:

    The recipe said to “Select Manual” and I must have looked for a Manual button for 10 minutes. It should say, “Select Pressure Cook.” This is only the second time I’ve used the Instant Pot, and the first time using a recipe from this app, so weird things like not being completely accurate on what to do make using this device a less than pleasant experience. I’m already overwhelmed by the number of buttons and scared to death it will explode if I use it improperly. The risotto was AMAZING!!!

  10. Jlatino
    Jlatino says:

    This was the first dish I made using my Instant Pot and I was amazed at how rich it tasted.

    You might want to consider doubling the recipe if you tend to eat a lot, as the portions arw rather small.

  11. ljcarr
    ljcarr says:

    I hard boiled 6 eggs for my first try using the IP. Came out perfect. Made this risotto and it came out perfect. We arent fans of thyme so it seemed a bit overwhelming. Will leave out next time, maybe increase red pepper flakes and use wine next time. But i will make it again.

  12. Wthornell
    Wthornell says:

    This was the perfect side to some leftover shredded pork we had. So easy and yummy! I used kale vs spinach since that’s what i had on hand.

  13. Isabel
    Isabel says:

    Thank you to ustexasjoe for explaining that manual means pressure cook – these recipes really should show what model is used – im a new user with a 3 qt duo mini and i dont know if i should cut the volume in half.

  14. tumbleweed7
    tumbleweed7 says:

    I doubled this recipe, did 3.5 cups chicken stock and half a cup dry white wine, so good! Super easy with limited needed prep and oh so delicious!

  15. Shanebreeden
    Shanebreeden says:

    I love this! I change it up with bacon, or leeks, or change of cheese. Risotto is now super easy.

  16. GrandmaA
    GrandmaA says:

    Very good. So easy to make, and only one dirty pan….what could be better? Flavor is perfect on it’s own.
    I have friends that love mushrooms, so I used this as a side dish to my cream of mushroom soup and they loved it!

  17. tara.little
    tara.little says:

    Amazing! Better than the stove top and quicker!

    Stir fried the rice before adding hot broth.

    Subbed in arugula for spinach and it was great!

  18. Catz
    Catz says:

    Made this in the 3 quart pot but just cut the ingredients in half. Also added chopped artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. It was surprisingly good and oh so easy. Follow the directions for timing.

  19. Augieang
    Augieang says:

    So easy and so delious! I added Trader Joes spicy Chicken Sausage with the spinach and made it a complete meal.

  20. frankenstein
    frankenstein says:

    Wonderful recipe and super easy. Next time i will not use red pepper. It overwhelmed other flavors.

  21. patactor
    patactor says:

    I freaked when lifting the lid to see it REALLY had cooked that quickly. My husband Rick and I chose this as our maiden Instant Pot meal, as we first had risotto in Cambridge, England and it brought back great memories. Delicious, by the way.

  22. abrown1116
    abrown1116 says:

    I used bella mushrooms since the store i went to didn’t have cremini mushrooms and used onions instead of shallots and it turned out amazing! Can’t compare it to the recipe as is since I haven’t made it exactly to the recipe.
    (This was my first InstantPot endeavor and all I can say is I am super excited for many more to come agter that)

  23. Ashsayegh
    Ashsayegh says:

    Sooo good. I added 2.5c of broth and 1.25c of regular rice. Also added more parm and no red pepper since i have a little one. Its delicious!

  24. MrArthur
    MrArthur says:

    I cook risoto every week and this was the third receipe I cooked with Instant Pot. Easy to prepare and delicious!
    I used peas instead of red peppers (added after I released the pressure at the end), powder garlic instead of the natural and mix of mushrooms. Just perfect!

  25. 2dor
    2dor says:

    Great recipy! Turned out delicious. Definitely surprised my guests. Couldnt find that type of rice so i used sushi rice. Another shlrt grain rice. Turned slightly dry for a risotto, so i may nee to add slightly more broth or some extra butter. Highly recommended

  26. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Yes you would have to adapt as different grans have different cooking times. We have a cooking time table available on our website that is a good resource to see if recipe times need to be adjusted.

  27. amichetti
    amichetti says:

    This was a dream. I haven’t made risotto in years bc it’s too much work to stand there and stir forever. This turned out perfectly, even with boring brown mushrooms.

  28. Monique
    Monique says:

    Hey there, the recipe is for risotto? But there’s no risotto listed as an ingredient. Just A rice isn’t risotto a pasta?

  29. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Womalak,

    We are happy you like this recipe and compliments to the Chef.. Chef Womalak 😉

    If you liked this recipe check out all the others from the Instant Pot Miracle Cookbook available on our app and site.

  30. Dawn Carpenter
    Dawn Carpenter says:

    There have been several questions regarding adjustments for cooking time when doubling this recipe. Could you please address this? I would like to double the recipe also, and want to know how to adjust the time accordingly. Thank you for a delicious recipe- I served it to friends for dinner and it was a huge hit! I used to be intimidated by my Instant Pot and it sat in it’s box unopened for nearly a year before I was brave enough to try it. Now I use it all the time! Thanks for all your help and encouragement…

  31. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Most recipes do not need a time adjustment when doubling a recipe. Please note that it will take longer to preheat and come to pressure when cooking larger amounts of food. Also with expandable foods please do not fill more than 1/2 way mark with rice.

  32. Allison.zentner
    Allison.zentner says:

    Delicious! I doubled it and it went fine. I wonder if you could triple it in the duo plus 60….

  33. Dendiput
    Dendiput says:

    Beautifully creamy risotto. I added spicy sausage and extra mushrooms, but it’s one of those very flexible recipes.

  34. Nicdh
    Nicdh says:

    I’ve never made risotto because it seems so intimidating. This was easy and delicious, I’m going to double it next time!

  35. Aniaua
    Aniaua says:

    Great recipe!
    Made it several times already!
    I usually add more mushrooms – but the amount in the recipe is good as well!

  36. Packerpete
    Packerpete says:

    Worked out great! I doubled the amount and accidentally let it cook for 2min longer (8 total) and was worried but it was fine! Very easy and quick! I put half the thyme in because I made something once with thyme and felt like it overpowered the dish. As an fyi for anyone else not crazy about thyme- Using half the thyme still resulted in an extra layer of flavour without it distinctly tasting like thyme.

  37. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    First time making risotto and I am still new to the Instant pot. This came our perfect and very tasty, it will be a favourite for sure.

  38. Steiger2008
    Steiger2008 says:

    This was a quick, delicious meal that I modified a bit to make it vegan. I used vegan butter and left off the parmesan. To add more flavor I added a bit of chipotle sauce. This recipe is very flexible so it is something I plan to use again.

  39. Dwright2018
    Dwright2018 says:

    Not sure what i did wrong, but it was not creamy; taste was a mediocre. How do i get it creamier?

  40. Hugmarci
    Hugmarci says:

    This was my first recipe cooking with an InstaPot and I am impressed! It was easy and so good. My family loved it.

  41. Rollo91
    Rollo91 says:

    Overall, very good. May substitute a few things, such as chicken broth, and maybe add some wine before the broth. Also, I’ve seen a few comments about it not having much flavor. Instead of adding the rice right as you are going to pressure cook, tey toasting the rice for a few minutes to make them slightly translucent. It will allow the rice to soak up more of the flavors

  42. BornFlemish
    BornFlemish says:

    This recipe has become a staple on my weekly menu. Recently I have been adding about half a tablespoon of curry powder and it made it even more delicious.

  43. CEBanks
    CEBanks says:

    This is one kf my favorite recioes. I pump uo all the seasonings, esoecially the crushed red peoper. So eaay and delicious.

  44. Buddylove
    Buddylove says:

    I never made risotto before because it sounded like too much work but the instant pot makes everything easier so I decided to try. My son and I are vegan (1st 2 months). We made this recipe with all vegan ingredients. I always double the recipe because we like leftovers for lunch the next day. After it was done, I added canned peas. It was so good and so easy. As far as spices, I thought it was fine but my son adds hot sauce to everything as he did with the risotto.

  45. LVL
    LVL says:

    This is a family favourite! So easy and the perfect dish. I’m totally going to add peas next time too!

  46. Steve G
    Steve G says:

    Awesome! Almost perfect texture, absorption and flavour. I couldnt imagine making a similar quality risotto the “old fashioned” way,…but even if I could, it wouldnt be worth the considerable extra time, effort and attention level it would require. Kudos to you!

  47. Cetewind
    Cetewind says:

    *The recipe inspiration came from the Mushroom Spinach Risotto on the Instant Pot app. I did, however, make some changes to create the recipe below. Enjoy. Get Ready For School

  48. Daydreamtraveller
    Daydreamtraveller says:

    This is the 2nd time I’ve made this and it’s so delicious and easy. This time I added chopped cooked bacon after adding the spinach and a dash of nutmeg. Outstanding!

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