Instant Pot Pesto Risotto with Italian Squash and Pine Nuts

Instant Pot Pesto Risotto with Italian Squash and Pine Nuts

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Instant Pot, Pine Nuts, Vegan
Servings: 6 humans


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • A couple Tbsp. EVOO for sauteing
  • 1 medium to large white or yellow onion diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • One medium to large Italian Squash or Zucchini
  • ½ cup Pine Nuts toasted
  • ½ cup vegan Pesto I have a recipe for that, just haven’t written it up yet...
  • cup vegan butter
  • ¼ cup non dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Nooch
  • ½ cup Basil chiffonade…
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Here’s what ya do
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute, drop some oil in the pot when it gets hot, add the garlic and onions. Cook that off for 3-5 minutes. Add the rice and toast it up with the onions and garlic for a couple minutes. Toss in the broth and give it a quick stir, then set the Instant Pot to manual/high for 7 minutes… make sure the lid is set to sealing and lock it down!
  • While that’s all cooking up, Set the oven to 350, lay the pine nuts out on a non stick cookie sheet, and toss those in the oven for like 5 minutes… Those little suckers toast up quick so keep and eye on ‘em.
  • While that’s happening, slice the squash lengthwise, lay it flat, slice it down the middle again then cut your triangles about ½ and inch thick.
  • Toss a little oil in a skillet, get it hot, then saute the zucc with a little salt and pepper, maybe toss some red pepper flakes, you know man, get creative!
  • Now, chiff the basil, If you don’t know what chiffonade is… GTS (Google that shit!)
  • Set a little basil and some pine nuts aside for garnish.
  • The risotto should be done at this point. Quick release the pressure when the time’s up, just be careful with that…
  • Stir risotto up with the vegan butter and non dairy milk and fold in the Nooch!
  • Add the pesto, pine nuts and basil. Fold it all together.
  • Toss it in a bowl, garnish with the pine nuts and basil you set aside and serve it up!!

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