Instant Pot Risotto Bolognese

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Creamy Instant Pot Risotto Bolognese is a savory and meaty dish with pork sausage, tomatoes, bacon, and melty parmesan cheese. It’s comfort food at its best.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Risotto Bolognese Recipe

Making risotto in a pressure cooker is so much faster and easier than on the stovetop!

There’s no need to stir constantly, and the rice comes out perfectly tender and creamy every time. 

I used to make risotto bolognese on the stovetop with my recipe from Barbara Bakes. But since converting it to a convenient pressure cooker recipe, I no longer cook it any other way!

Update: I’ve updated this recipe with new tips, tricks, and photos for perfectly creamy bolognese risotto in the pressure cooker. Enjoy!

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How to Make Instant Pot Risotto Bolognese

This Risotto Bolognese recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL

I’ve made a few other improvements to this recipe to adapt it for an Instant Pot. First, I added savory pork sausage. (You can use chicken sausage if you prefer.)

You’ll sear the sausage in the pressure cooking pot as a first step to build flavor in the risotto. 

Also, instead of pureeing the vegetables as I do for my stovetop risotto, I left them whole in this recipe. The sautéed carrot, onion, and celery add color, texture, and flavor to the final dish. 

Ingredients added to an Instant Pot for making Risotto Bolognese.

What Is Risotto?

Risotto is a classic Northern Italian rice dish made with long-cooked rice and melted cheese for a creamy, almost pudding-like texture. 

At its most basic, risotto is a creamy, cheesy base for a variety of meats and sauces.

However, it’s easy and fun to elevate risotto to an entire main dish on its own, as we did here. From meats and vegetables to nuts and dried fruit, you can add texture and flavor to risotto to round out the dish.  

Overhead shot of Risotto Bolognese cooked in an Instant Pot and being served with a wooden spoon.

What Kind of Rice Is Best for Risotto?

I recommend using Arborio rice for this recipe. It’s the classic Italian grain for creamy risotto that doesn’t turn to mush. 

If you can’t find arborio, any Italian rice works well. In a pinch, you can use sushi rice. 

Risotto Bolognese served in a bowl and topped with fresh parsley and grated parmesan on a gray and white napkin placed in front of an Instant Pot.

More Creamy Risotto Recipes

If you have extra Arborio on hand, try these other easy Instant Pot risotto recipes:

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Risotto Bolognese Recipe

Instant Pot Risotto Bolognese

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Instant Pot Risotto Bolognese with seared pork sausage, bacon, and creamy Arborio rice with parmesan and tomatoes is a satisfying side dish or entrée. 


  • 1 pound country-style pork sausage
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups risotto rice (Arborio)
  • 1/2 cup marsala
  • 5 cups beef broth, divided
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan plus extra to serve
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Select Sauté and brown the sausage in the pressure cooking pot. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
  2. Add bacon to the pressure cooking pot and cook until crisp. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the rice and cook, stirring frequently, until rice becomes opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the marsala and cook for 2 minutes. Add 4 cups beef broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, milk, bay leaves, and cooked sausage. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 6 minutes cook time.
  5. When the cook time ends, use a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  6. Select Sauté and stir in the remaining 1 cup of beef broth. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally for 1 to 2 minutes until most of the broth is absorbed and the rice is creamy.
  7. Stir in parmesan and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve topped with an extra sprinkling of parmesan.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 1844mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 24g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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originally published February 12, 2021 — last updated October 5, 2021
Categories: Pork