Risotto, broccoli and cheese….can it get any better? Well risotto is one of my favorite dishes. Cheesy broccoli and rice is a favorite side…so why not combine the two?
Hello Instant Pot…
Anytime I can break out my handy kitchen tool I jump at the chance. Not too long a go I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across a couple of risotto recipes all made in the instant pot. Now I am not going to lie I was very skeptical.
How was the instant pot going to make a creamy and delicious risotto…could it really be done? I had to find out.
Building the flavor…
As with any good recipe it really is all about building the flavor as you cook. First you start with butter (or olive oil) but I went with butter. Then came some onion, minced garlic, salt & pepper. With just a few ingredients you create the base for this delicious risotto.
Another key to building flavor is “toasting” the risotto. You do this very simply by adding the risotto to the hot pot before the liquid. I toss it with the butter, onions and garlic for a few minutes and then add in the liquid. All of these steps help build flavor upon flavor.
Let’s talk Broccoli
My favorite way to prepare broccoli is to roast it. I love the little charred bits and the extra intensity of flavor the roasting brings out.
For this dish you could microwave it, boil it or sauté it…whichever way you prefer to prepare it.
If you wanted to use another veggie you could as well. Bell peppers, asparagus, brussels sprouts or even cauliflower would work great as well.
Amping up a family favorite
Perfect for the busiest and easiest of meals
I love dishes that are perfect for the busiest of nights and feel decadent enough for the easiest of nights. I will serve this Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Risotto with roasted chicken for an easy weeknight dinner and also for our Holiday meal.
It has already become a family favorite…it is that good.