Risotto in a jiffy – all gone

Last night I whipped together risotto before heading out to yoga class.

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Pressure Cooker Risotto

Wait a minute. Do “whipped together” and “risotto” belong in the same sentence? Risotto I love, but the deliberation required to bring the grains to the right creamy consistency is more than I can take on a weeknight. All that changed when I found a series of risotto recipes for the pressure cooker.

Lorna Sass‘ cookbook, “Pressure Perfect– Two hour taste in 20 minutes using your pressure cooker,” has a lovely basic risotto recipe that can be adapted nine ways to suit your tastebuds.  I chose a no-fail combo for the guys — ham, peas and gruyere cheese. Just four minutes under pressure and another five or so minutes uncovered.


So lovely that when I returned from yoga, the pot was scraped clean.


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11 responses to “Risotto in a jiffy – all gone

  1. Meredith

    Brilliant! I’m going to have to look into buying a pressure cooker. 🙂

  2. Tania

    You’ve tempted me to look further into getting a pressure cooker. What sort do you have? Is it easy with the right book?

    • Tania

      Thinking I’d like to find a seldom used one on Craigslist. There must be dozens out there, unloved. Not sure what to look for but willing to experiment.

      • Trixie

        I did a lot of research at http://missvickie.com/ (the pressure cooker guru) and bought a used PC cookbook to get inspired with a few recipes. We ended up with a 7L Kuhn Rikon – pricey but excellent quality and easy to use. I have an extra Kuhn Rikon guide with recipes if you’d like to borrow it.

  3. Tania

    Thanks very much – wonderful resource (as ever). Well, after reading just a smidge of Miss Vickie, I’m no longer thinking ‘used’ ! Way too dodgy. Oh well. I might put this on my Christmas list.

  4. Kirk

    Trixie: Do you have a copy of Lorna Sass’ “Vegetarian Under Pressure”? There are some great recipes, including one that is in our bi-weekly rotation right now: Thai Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry.

    • Trixie

      Hey Kirk – Thanks for the suggestion … that dish sounds amazing. I have a couple of Lorna’s cookbooks waiting on hold for me at library — I think yours is one of them. I was impressed with “Pressure Perfect” so I’m eager to try out more of her recipes.

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  6. Jane

    I just bought a Cuisinart CPC-600 digital pressure cooker. I cannot believe I waited so long to make this purchase, nor can I believe how ridiculously simple it is to use. I’ve had it since the Nov. 1. I am an extremey busy working mom/grandmother, and prior to the pressure cooker, we had been eating out several nights a week. Since getting the pressure cooker, I have cooked at home at least 5 days a week, and we are eating healthier. Have to laugh – to most people, the term “PC” refers to their computers. To me, it now means my pressure cooker! Can’t wait to try the risotto recipe!

    • Trixie

      Hi Jane, Happy to meet another “PC” enthusiast! Glad to hear you too are eating healthier while spending less time in the kitchen. A win-win for working parents everywhere, that’s for sure.

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