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A white bowl of risotto with pork and cinnamon, topped by a rosemary sprig and cinnamon stick, with a bag of rice and more rosemary in the background

Instant Pot Risotto with Pork and Cinnamon (Risotto All’Isolana)

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups of risotto 1x


Instant Pot Risotto with Pork and Cinnamon  A filling risotto with ground pork and a hint of cinnamon, made easy by pressure cooking the risotto. No need for constant stirring!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup white wine (optional)
  • 2 cups Vialone Nano rice (Or Arborio or Carnaroli)
  • 4 cups homemade chicken broth (or store-bought low-sodium broth)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (skip if using store-bought low-sodium broth)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup (1 ounce) grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Sauté the pork: Heat 2 tablespoons butter in the pressure cooker pot over medium heat (sauté mode in an Instant Pot) until the butter stops foaming, about 3 minutes. Add the ground pork to the pot, sprinkle with the ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and add the rosemary sprig. Cook, stirring and breaking up the pork, until it loses its pink color, about 5 minutes. Pour in the white wine, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 1 minute. Scoop out half of the cooked pork with a slotted spoon and save for later. Remove the rosemary sprig and discard.
  2. Add the rice to the pot: Stir the rice into the pressure cooker pot, mixing it with the remaining pork. Pour in the chicken broth, stir in the ½ teaspoon salt, and lock the lid.
  3. Pressure Cook the risotto for 5 minutes with a Quick Pressure Release: Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes in an electric pressure cooker (Manual Mode or Pressure Cook for an Instant Pot) or stovetop pressure cooker. Quick release the pressure. Carefully remove the lid, tilting it away from you to avoid the scalding hot steam.
  4. Stir in butter, cheese, cinnamon, and the reserved pork: Stir the 2 tablespoons of butter into the rice until it melts, then stir in the grated cheese, cinnamon, and the cooked pork we set aside earlier. Serve, sprinkling with a little extra grated cheese, and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Italian