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The Best Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto Recipe

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Instant pot pumpkin risotto is super quick and simple, perfect for those days when time gets away from you! This satisfying combination of pumpkin puree, arborio rice, sage and walnuts is ready in twenty minutes, and it’s vegan, too.

a green ceramic bowl filled with creamy pumpkin risotto topped with fresh sage leaves

Why This Recipe Is Awesome

You’ll love this instant pot pumpkin risotto recipe for so many reasons! It’s:

  • Quick to prepare. As this pumpkin risotto is made in a pressure cooker, it’s much quicker than making a risotto on the stovetop – which can be time consuming.
  • Easy to make. Unlike some risotto recipes, there isn’t much to go wrong. You’re guaranteed delicious results every time.
  • Tasty! The flavors of the fresh sage and walnuts complement the sweetness of the pumpkin puree wonderfully.
  • Satisfying. The combination of arborio rice and pumpkin is a good mix of fiber and carbohydrates, and with the protein from the walnuts you’re guaranteed a filling meal.
  • Made from store cupboard staples. This recipe is made from ingredients that keep for a long time, so you can keep them in stock ready for those weeks where there just isn’t time to go to the store. 
  • Packed full of immune system boosting nutrients. Pumpkin is a bit of a superstar. It’s low-calorie while also containing a huge amount of nutrients, in particular Vitamin A.
  • Vegan and gluten-free. A crowd pleaser!
a ceramic bowl of instant pot pumpkin risotto topped with sage and toasted walnuts


To make instant pot pumpkin risotto, you will need:

  • Olive oil or butter. Butter will give the risotto a creamier texture. If you want your risotto to be vegan, use olive oil or substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  • Onion. Peeled and finely chopped.
  • Garlic. Peeled and finely chopped.
  • Fresh sage leaves. You can use dried sage if you don’t have fresh, but fresh sage will give you a more robust flavor.
  • Pumpkin puree (canned). Using a can is a real time saver!
  • Arborio rice. Arborio rice is perfect for risotto because it absorbs the flavors around it. It also takes on the creamy texture that is characteristic of risotto once cooked.
  • Raw walnuts. The walnuts add an extra dimension to the flavor and texture. Delicious.
  • Parmesan or vegan alternative (optional). Sprinkle over the top before you serve.

How To Make Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto

  1. First, press the saute button on the electric pressure cooker. Then, add your oil (or butter), onion and garlic to the cooker.
  2. Saute for five minutes until the onion has gone soft and slightly translucent. Be sure to keep the onion and garlic moving, so they don’t burn or stick to the pan.
  3. After five minutes, add the fresh sage and cook for another two minutes. Again, stir frequently. 
  4. Next, add the pumpkin puree, salt and arborio rice along with the water. Cook everything on high pressure for six minutes.
  5. While your risotto is cooking, toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat for around five minutes. Take them off the heat when they smell like they are toasting, or go slightly darker. Make sure you stir the walnuts often to keep them from catching.
  6. Once the risotto has cooked, quick release the pressure and stir well. It’s essential to use the quick release function; otherwise, the rice will cook for too long.
  7. Serve topped with toasted walnuts and a sprinkle of vegetarian or vegan parmesan if you’re using it.
creamy instant pot sage pumpkin risotto topped with walnuts in a small green ceramic bowl

What To Serve With Pumpkin Risotto

This pumpkin risotto is gorgeous served on its own or with a simple salad. Try it with this Mediterranean cucumber salad if you want to make your mealtime something special!

It’s also fantastic with a hunk of crusty buttered bread on the side. So if you’re feeling in the mood for baking, why not give this gluten free sourdough bread a go. It’s fluffy on the inside while still maintaining a lovely crust, and it’s gluten free, too!

close up shot of creamy pumpkin risotto topped with walnuts

Cooking Tips

Water to rice ratio for risotto

As with other kinds of rice, the perfect water to rice ratio for arborio rice is 2:1, which means that for every one cup of rice, you’ll need two cups of water. Bear this in mind if you want to scale this recipe up or down.

Washing risotto rice

It’s preferable not to wash arborio rice before using it because your rice needs to have a slightly sticky consistency. The characteristic sticky texture of arborio rice comes from the starch, which you lose if you wash it.

instant pot electric pressure cooker pumpkin risotto recipe with sage and walnuts

A Few Notes

Choosing your pumpkin puree

When you’re buying your pumpkin puree, be sure to choose a brand that contains only pumpkin and no other added spices or sweeteners. Adding sweet pumpkin to your risotto won’t taste good, and if you want to see the nutritional benefits, then pure pumpkin is the way to go.


If you don’t have any walnuts, you can substitute them for another kind of nut – just be sure to choose unsalted nuts. Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pecans all work well.

You could also try making this recipe with squash rather than pumpkin; butternut squash puree is widely available and tastes similar to pumpkin puree. The main difference is that butternut squash is a little sweeter than pumpkin.

instant pot pumpkin risotto recipe with walnuts and sage vegan

Other Instant Pot Risotto Recipes You Might Enjoy

If you enjoy this instant pot pumpkin risotto, be sure to try this simple pesto risotto. You can make it in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop, and the flavors are amazing!

creamy pumpkin risotto made in the instant pot

You might also like this pumpkin baked oatmeal.

Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

This Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto recipe is easy, comforting, made with pumpkin puree, arborio rice, sage, walnuts, and ready in twenty minutes!
4.89 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves finely chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree fresh or canned
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts for topping
  • shredded parmesan cheese optional, for topping


  • Set your electric pressure cooker to the saute function. Add the oil, onion and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the sage and saute for 2 minutes longer.
  • Press the cancel button, then add the water, rice, pumpkin puree and salt. Stir well.
  • Set the electric pressure cooker to high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add the walnuts to a skillet over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until turning color and smelling toasty. Set aside.
  • When the risotto is done cooking, quick release the pressure. Stir well.
  • Optionally top off with vegetarian or vegan parmesan before serving. Enjoy!


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Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7150IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love how much quicker and easier it is to make risotto in an instant pot. The pumpkin puree makes it such a creamy indulgent dish. This is perfect for the autumn and fall months.

  2. 5 stars
    We make a lot of risotto in winter. It’s really perfect cold weather food. I’ve never made it in the IP. Have to try as it’s true the traditional way takes a lot of time! Plus, pumpkin with sage and walnuts sounds like a fab combination for a risotto!

  3. I am super excited about this pumpkin recipe! I will surely try this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    risotto in the instant pot?! yes please – so much easier than the constant stirring on the stove! yum!

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh the sage and pumpkin in this sauce make it so delicious! I really liked that I can use my instant pot too.