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Risotto with Delicata Squash
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Risotto with Delicata Squash (Instant Pot)

A creamy risotto with sweet delicata squash, grana padano cheese, and fresh mint … made so much easier by cooking it in the instant pot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: instantpot, risotto, squash, veggie
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 226kcal
Author: BlakOpal


  • 3 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 small cipollini onion chopped
  • 3 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 small delicata squash
  • 1/3 cup grana padano cheese grated (can also use parmesan)
  • 1 sprig mint leaves chopped
  • a few saffron threads
  • salt & pepper to taste



  • Prep your ingredients to make it easier to put this meal together.
    Risotto with Delicata Squash
  • Dice the onions into small pieces, these will melt away, so don’t stress too much over them. Peel the squash, slice in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Chop the squash into bite-sized pieces. I cut the halves into 1/2″ slices and then cut those down to size. 
    Risotto with Delicata Squash
  • Also grate the cheese. I used a fairly large grater, this will melt in so it doesn’t need to be grated fine. Note: grana padano is not the easiest cheese to find, feel free to swap for your favorite hard italian cheese like asiago, or parmesan.
    Risotto with Delicata Squash


  • Now you are ready to start cooking! Turn your pot to sauté. In the inner pot, add the butter and chopped onions. Stirring occasionally, let the onions cook till they are softened and translucent, but not browned.
    Note: I have two inner pots, the stainless steel one it came with, and this ceramic coated non-stick one. I find this pot works better for rice, keeping it from sticking to the bottom and burning. If you don’t have one, no worries, just use what you hav
    Risotto with Delicata Squash
  • Add the rice and minced garlic and stir to coat. Let that cook for another minute, stirring often.
    Risotto with Delicata Squash
  • Add one cup of the broth and stir. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes, rice will start to absorb the liquid.
  • Add the squash, remaining 2 cups of broth, cheese, mint, and seasonings. Stir to mix. It will be soupy at this point, that’s what we want. Turn off the sauté mode.
    Risotto with Delicata Squash
  • Put the lid on the pot, close the steam vent, and set the pot to cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. At the end of that time, do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure manually. (If you get a burn warning, open the lid and give the rice a stir, then close it up and continue.)
  • The rice may look wet when you open the lid, but give it a stir, gently scraping the bottom of the pot with a silicone spatula. Give it a taste, checking to see that the rice is cooked through. (If it’s still under-cooked you can close it up and let it sit to cook on warm for another few minutes.) Adjust seasoning as needed. I tend to add less salt at the beginning and a bit more at the end as needed.
    Risotto with Delicata Squash
  • Transfer to a serving platter or small bowls, and top with chopped fresh mint. Risotto will be creamy, a bit cheesy, with some sweetness from the squash. And with so much less work than traditionally cooked risotto!
    Risotto with Delicata Squash


This will become a fast favorite, and I think I’m going to have fun trying it with different veggies and proteins! I think it’s simple enough to even cook mid-week after work. And it’s fancy enough to cook for guests. Hope you have fun making it!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1255IU | Vitamin C: 18.1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2.1mg