This light, creamy risotto, packed with asparagus, fresh fava beans, spinach, and lemon, is just the thing to celebrate the arrival of spring. If you can only find thick asparagus, slice the stalks in half lengthwise before cutting them up so they cook through in the brief amount of time they are simmered with the rice.

Risotto Primavera from Instant Pot Italian by Ivy Manning. © 2018 by Ivy Manning. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small sweet onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
8 ounces asparagus, tough ends snapped off and discarded, stalks cutinto 1-inch pieces
1 cup peeled fresh or frozen fava beans or peas
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper


Step 1
Put the oil in the pot, select SAUTÉ, and adjust to NORMAL/MEDIUM heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring continuously, for 1 minute. Add the vermouth and simmer for 1 minute to burn off some of the alcohol. Press CANCEL.

Step 2
Add the broth, stir to combine, and lock on the lid. Select the PRESSURE COOK function and adjust to HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is in the “Sealing” position and that the “Keep Warm” button is off.

Step 3
When the time is up, quick-release the pressure andremove the lid. Add the asparagus and fava beans or peas. Select SAUTÉ and adjust to NORMAL/MEDIUM heat. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, 3 minutes. Add a bit of water while cooking, if necessary, to keep the risotto loose and saucy. Add the spinach, cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice and stir to combine. Press CANCEL. Season with salt and pepper.