So why am I making this Instant Pot Barley and Vegetable Risotto recipe? Well for a few reasons. I love making recipes in my Instant Pot.
The other reason is having recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I have to try and come up up with some healthier recipes.
I've used barley before in my Vegetable Barley Soup, but this was the first time I made it in my Instant Pot. Just like every other recipe you make in your Instant Pot, it's quick and easy.
The only difference with this recipe is that you need to use the Saute function before you close the lid to pressure cook.
💭 Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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📋 What ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Barley and Vegetable Risotto recipe in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (see recipe card for quantities): Olive Oil, Yellow Onion, Pearl Barley, Garlic Cloves, Vegetable Broth, White Mushrooms, Red Bell Pepper, Salt, Baby Spinach, Parmesan Cheese and Ground Black Pepper.
🥣 How to Make Instant Pot Barley and Vegetable Risotto
Press sauté, heat oil in instant pot. Add onion, cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened. Add barley and garlic. Cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in broth, mushrooms, bell pepper and salt, mix well.
Secure lid and move pressure release valve to sealing position. Press Manual, cook at high pressure 18 minutes.
When cooking is complete, use a natural release for 10 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
Stir in spinach, let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Gently stir in cheese and black pepper.
Instant Pot Barley and Vegetable Risotto
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 small Yellow Onion, chopped
- 1 cup Pearl Barley, uncooked
- 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 ½ cups Vegetable Broth
- 8 oz White Mushrooms, sliced
- 1 Large Red Bell Pepper, diced
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 cups Baby Spinach, Packed
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- Press sauté, heat oil in instant pot. Add onion, cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened. Add barley and garlic. Cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in broth, mushrooms, bell pepper and salt, mix well.
- Secure lid and move pressure release valve to sealing position. Press Manual, cook at high pressure 18 minutes.
- When cooking is complete, use natural release for 10 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
- Stir in spinach, let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Gently stir in cheese and black pepper.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.