Bella San Valentino Risotto

Such a beautiful risotto for Valentines Day, made in the instant pot in 6 minutes is a huge plus. If you have not made risotto in the instant pot before you should give it a try. One very IMPORTANT note, you must do an instant release of steam and pressure when the time is up, if you do not the risotto will be over cooked. This risotto recipe uses beet powder for the color and extra nutritional value 🙂 here is a link to order yours at amazon as a reminder Bella is part of the Amazon Affiliate program and will receive a small percentage of sales from your purchase at no additional charge to you.

For garnish you can use a herbed butter, goat cheese or even try a wedge of burrata cheese and a nice drizzle of EVOO.

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Bella San Valentino Risotto

This is a super easy and tasty risotto made in the instant pot. The beet powder gives it the beautiful red color.


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 shallot, diced

2 1/2 tablespoons Beet Powder divided 

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 1/4 cups chicken broth (or veggie)

1 cup arborio rice

Goat cheese for garnish


Whisk 1 1/2 tablespoons of beet powder into the chicken broth. 

Set a 6-qt Instant Pot to the high saute setting. Melt 2 tablespoons butter; add garlic and shallot and cook, stirring often, until shallots have become translucent, about 1 -2 minutes.

Stir in chicken broth, and arborio rice. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 6 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions. Do not let natural release, risotto will be mushy!

Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon beet powder and  2 tablespoons butter. Stir until well incorporated. Serve immediately, Garnish with goat cheese.


Have all your ingredients ready before making the risotto, since it cooks so quickly.  Do the QUICK RELEASE (be careful of the steam) If you let the instant pot do a natural release your risotto will be mushy! This is one item you do not want to make ahead of time, you want to make it when you are ready to serve and eat.

Also great garnished with Bella’s Orange Basil Butter

  • Author: Chef Shelly