Instant Pot Meatball Risotto Recipe (With Easy Gluten-free Option)

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Instant Pot Meatball Risotto is one-pot comfort food that everyone will love, with saucy tomato replacing the velvety cheese of a more traditional risotto.

Instant Pot Meatball Risotto Recipe From Val's Kitchen (With Easy Gluten-free Option)

Instant Pot Meatball Risotto

Instant Pot Meatball Risotto is an easy-to-make comfort food dish. An electric pressure cooker does all of the heavy lifting in this simple one-pot recipe that everyone will love, with a saucy tomato replacing the velvety cheese of a more traditional risotto. I use beef broth instead of wine in my version of the recipe. If you want to use wine, simply swap it out for the first 1/2 cup of beef broth that’s used when toasting the rice. This recipe is easily gluten-free if you check your labels. Here’s how I make Instant Pot Meatball Risotto.

Equipment Needed

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp grated parmesan cheese (the shaky kind, check label if making gluten-free)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (I used McCormick which is gluten-free)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (I used McCormick which is gluten-free)
  • 2 cups Arborio rice (I used Della which is gluten-free)
  • 4 cups beef broth, divided into 2 cups, 1 cup and 2x half cups (I used Swanson which is gluten-free)
  • 1x 28 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1x 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh parsley (optional for garnish)

Instant Pot Meatball Risotto Recipe From Val's Kitchen (With Easy Gluten-free Option)

Instructions

Put the ground beef, Italian seasoning, onion powder and grated parmesan cheese into the mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.

Plug the pressure cooker in and select the saute setting.

Add a thin layer of olive oil to the bottom of the pot.

Form meatballs from the ground beef mixture and place into the pot. I wanted my meatballs on the smaller side, the batch cooked as written here made 24 meatballs.

Brown the meatballs.

Once the outside of the meatballs have browned, remove them from the pot and set aside.

Add a 1/2 cup of beef broth and the rice to the pot and let saute for 3-4 minutes.

Add 2 cups of beef broth to the pot, followed by the tomato sauce and the petite diced tomatoes. All of the rice should be covered.

Return the meatballs to the pot. Try to ensure all meatballs are coated with sauce.

Put the lid onto the Instant Pot and close to seal.

Switch the pressure cooker to manual high pressure and cook for 5 minutes.

Once the cooking cycle finishes, do a quick pressure release and remove the lid.

Add 1 cup of beef broth and stir well. Add a little more of the remaining broth if the mixture seems to stiff.

Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve immediately.

Instant Pot Meatball Risotto Recipe From Val's Kitchen (With Easy Gluten-free Option)

Instant Pot Meatball Risotto (With Easy Gluten-free Option)

Instant Pot Meatball Risotto Recipe From Val's Kitchen (With Easy Gluten-free Option)

Instructions

Put the ground beef, Italian seasoning, onion powder and grated parmesan cheese into the mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Plug the pressure cooker in and select the saute setting. Add a thin layer of olive oil to the bottom of the pot. Form meatballs from the ground beef mixture and place into the pot. I wanted my meatballs on the smaller side, the batch cooked as written here made 24 meatballs. Brown the meatballs. Once the outside of the meatballs is brown, remove them from the pot and set aside. Add a 1/2 cup of beef broth and the rice to the pot and let saute for 3-4 minutes. Add 2 cups of beef broth to the pot, followed by the tomato sauce and the petite diced tomatoes. All of the rice should be covered. Return the meatballs to the pot. Try to ensure all meatballs are coated with sauce. Put the lid onto the Instant Pot and close to seal. Switch the pressure cooker to manual high pressure and cook for 5 minutes. Once the cooking cycle has finished do a quick pressure release and remove the lid. Add 1 cup of beef broth and stir well. Add a little more of the remaining broth if the mixture seems to stiff. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired and serve immediately.

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    9 comments

    Rebecca Smith July 10, 2019 - 9:04 am

    Risotto is one of my favourite dishes ever and love the idea of the meatball sauce replacing the cheese in this. I definitely need to give it a try!

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    Treasure Every Moment July 10, 2019 - 9:31 am

    Oo this looks tasty and I think my daughters would absolutely love this! It’s impressive how quick it is too 🙂

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    Lilinha July 10, 2019 - 5:12 pm

    I love risotto and meatballs, but never thought about having both together. What a fantastic idea, will try it!

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    Claire Roach July 11, 2019 - 5:37 pm

    This looks right up my street Val – I have saved this one on my to-do list.

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    Kara July 12, 2019 - 12:59 pm

    I am ashamed to say I have never tried a risotto, this looks scrummy though

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    Nichola- Globalmouse July 12, 2019 - 1:31 pm

    I love risotto, it’s such a satisfying meal isn’t it? I’m veggie but this would work perfectly with Quorn meatballs. Yum!

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    Jenni July 13, 2019 - 3:22 am

    This looks like a very comforting dish!

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    Stephanie July 14, 2019 - 7:16 am

    I’m a big fan of a one pot meal and this one looks delicious – I love the combination of risotto and meatballs x

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    Leigh Travers July 14, 2019 - 8:06 am

    I’m vegan but I reckon that I could sub out the meat for vegan mince or pre-paid vegan meatballs and a decent helping of vegan cheese!

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