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Pressure Cooked Peas and Pancetta Risotto

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Pressure Cooked Peas and Pancetta Risotto is a quick and delicious weeknight meal you can make in under 20 minutes. The crispy pancetta bits, earthy peas, and flavorful shallots add excellent rustic flavors to the creamy risotto.

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Peas and Pancetta

I always wondered why people grew up disliking peas. Growing up, my mom and Nonna would always make peas and pancetta as a side. The dish is so simple and only called for peas, pancetta, and onions. It turns out pancetta makes everything taste better.

Peas and pancetta is a delicious, rustic dish with old Italian flavor. The peas turn out moist, tender, and loaded with yummy pancetta flavor. These flavors of my childhood inspired me to add peas and pancetta to a creamy risotto.

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How to Make Pressure Cooked Risotto

The traditional method to make risotto is somewhat labor-intensive. It requires a lot of stirring, adding stock, and stirring some more until all of the stock is absorbed. This allows the risotto to remain al dente while absorbing the flavor. If you have some time to make dinner, the traditional method is great! If you’re on a time crunch and don’t have the time to tend to the risotto, I recommend the pressure cooked method.

Some pressure cookers include Ninja Foodi (here and here) and Instant Pot (here and here).

To make the risotto, set your pressure cooker to the sauté/sear setting on high. First add butter and oil and allow to warm. Then add shallots and cook until translucent. After, add arborio rice and stir until the rice is completely coated in the oil mixture. Once coated, add in peas and pancetta, allowing the pancetta bits to get crispy. Then, add in white wine and saffron. Allow the rice to absorb the wine, then add in the stock of your choice.

Once the ingredients are all incorporated, lock the lid on and cook for 6 minutes. Once complete, release the pressure and allow all of the steam to completely release. Then, add in the cheese and stir until well-incorporated. Top with chopped parsley and more cheese. It’s that simple!

For more recipes like Pressure Cooked Peas and Pancetta Risotto, check out Spring Risotto, Mushroom Risotto, and Roasted Tomato Burrata Spaghetti.

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Pressure Cooked Peas and Pancetta Risotto

  • Author: pastaragazza
  • Prep Time: 9
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Pasta

Description

Pressure Cooked Peas and Pancetta Risotto is a quick and delicious weeknight meal you can make in under 20 minutes. The crispy pancetta bits, earthy peas, and flavorful shallots add excellent rustic flavors to the creamy risotto. 


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 4 oz pancetta cubetti
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup grated parmigiano reggiano, plus more for serving
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Instructions

Plug in your pressure cooker and set to the sear or sauté setting on high.  Once heated, add butter and olive oil.  Once melted, add shallots and sauté until translucent, about 1 minute.  

Add arborio rice and stir until completely coated in olive oil mixture.  Toast the rice until lightly golden, about 2 minutes. 

Stir in pancetta and peas, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Allow the pancetta fat to render. Then, stir in saffron and white wine.  The wine will sizzle and the rice will absorb the wine.  After the wine is partially absorbed after 2 minutes, add chicken stock one cup at a time and stir until well-mixed.  

Cover the pot with the lid and lock it in place. Adjust the setting to pressure and cook on high for 8 minutes. 

Once done, carefully release pressure and allow all of the steam to release before opening.  Remove the lid and stir the arborio mixture. 

Stir in parmigiano reggiano and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with grated parmigiana reggiano.  


Notes

Some pressure cookers include Ninja Foodi (here and here) and Instant Pot (here and here).

Keywords: pressure cooker, instant pot, ninja foodie, pancetta, peas, risotto, pressure cooked risotto

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