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Instant Pot Giveaway: Tomato Basil Pesto Risotto recipe

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Here comes the LAST recipe of our Instant Pot Giveaway with Instapottin with Poonam! A Tomato Basil Pesto Risotto recipe that only takes a few minutes to prepare and can be used as a side or even a main meal.  Remember to do ALL 4 criteria in the giveaway to be eligible to win the pot.

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All four of us at Chaimommas own an Instant Pot ourselves, so we know how handy it is for busy moms. That’s why we decided to share the ease of an instant Pot with one lucky winner! For your chance to win your own 6 Quart Instant Pot (and be able to make all of Poonam’s recipes) be sure to check out the details to enter below!

And if you are wondering what to make for dinner tonight, here’s the last Instant Pot Giveaway Recipes by Poonam exclusively for our blog. This Tomato Basil Pesto Risotto Recipe is quick, easy, nutritious and family friendly. Enjoy!


Instant Pot Giveaway: Tomato Basil Pesto Risotto recipe
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Serves: 4-6 adults
Most of us cringe when we think of the intensive process required to make a rich and creamy risotto. Thanks to the Instant Pot, no more waiting hours over the stove or spending tons of money to eat your favorite risotto. The best part is that you can modify the ingredients to bring in your family’s favorite flavors and vegetables!
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio rice
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 handful basil leaves or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  1. PRO TIP: Place InstantPot under your vent hood while cooking
  2. Turn on InstantPot to SAUTE mode
  3. Add oil and butter to pot
  4. Add onions and stir well
  5. Add arborio rice and allow to toast for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant
  6. Add vegetable stock
  7. Add pesto and salt and stir well
  8. Close the InstantPot lid
  9. Turn vent on the lid to CLOSE VENT to prevent steam from escaping
  10. Set pot to MANUAL mode
  11. Set to HIGH PRESSURE
  12. Set timer to 5 minutes for al dente or 7 mins for a softer risotto (recommended for kids)
  13. After timer goes off, Press CANCEL/OFF button on InstantPot to turn off
  14. Now manually release the steam by opening the vent. The silver prong will drop back into the lid. BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM
  15. Open the lid
  16. Add the tomatoes, basil and parmesan and gently fold these ingredients into the risotto
  17. At this point, the risotto is ready to serve
  18. Garnish with your favorite toppings such as extra parmesan or pesto
  19. Serve and enjoy!

Serving suggestion:

  • Serve as a side with your favorite soup and salad or as a main meal.
  • Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a complete meal.


  • You can add any variety of vegetables you like: peas, mushrooms, asparagus, etc.
  • You can substitute the stock with broth or water but stock provides a deeper flavor.
  • You can add black pepper or crushed red pepper for a kick

VEGETARIAN VARIATION:  This dish is vegetarian.

VEGAN VARIATION:  Omit the butter and use a vegan cheese.

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