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This pressure cooker chorizo risotto combines perfectly cooked risotto rice with spicy chorizo, peas and cherry tomatoes to make a quick and easy midweek meal! What's more it takes just 8 minutes to cook in the Crock-Pot® Express Multi-Cooker!
October is definitely the month when I start to crave more comfort food recipes. It's also Crock-tober (the month dedicated to slow cooking) and I'm delighted to be working with Crock-Pot® to create a couple of new recipes for the Crock-Pot® Express Multi-Cooker.
The Crock-Pot® Express Multi-Cooker
I used my new Crock-Pot® Express Multi-Cooker for this pressure cooker chorizo risotto. I was so excited to start using it as I've been wanting a pressure cooker for quite a while, but I had never used one at all until now. But this is not just a pressure cooker. It has slow cook, pressure cook, sauté and steam options. Altogether there are 12 different settings, 8 of those are one-touch meal options so there really is no pressure with this multi cooker.
As I said, I had never used a pressure cooker at all until now, but it was really simple to set up and use. It's great for all kinds of hassle-free meals. The fact that you can cook any meal up to 70% faster means there's more time to do other things out of the kitchen too!
You can purchase the Crock-Pot® Express Multi-Cooker here.
The great thing about the Crock-Pot® Express Multi-Cooker is that is has so many options. If you haven't planned dinner and need dinner in a hurry then the pressure cook options are a doddle to use. If you have organised dinner in advance then the slow cooker options are brilliant for recipe like curries too. I'll be sharing a favourite slow cooked curry next week! It's my homemade slow cooker lamb jalfrezi. I've also made this chicken curry using the pressure cook functions!
Some great recipes I'd love to try soon include a tagine in just 10 minutes and a whole roast chicken in just half an hour!
There's also a programmable 20-hour digital timer to make it even easier to plan your recipes.
One Touch Digital Controls
With the Crock-Pot® Express Multi-Cooker many recipes can be cooked by pressing just one button! This makes it really easy to prepare a full meal quickly.
Easy to Clean and Great for Families
I definitely like recipes that don't involve too much cleaning up and the removable inner pot is non-stick and dishwasher safe too. It also has a large capacity (5.6L) so it's great for preparing meals for the whole family with enough for leftovers too!
It also comes with a recipe book with lots of ideas to help get you started straight away.
What's this Pressure Cooker Risotto Like?
I was really impressed with just how well this chorizo risotto turned out. I have to admit that when I make risotto I don't like the constant stirring and am always thinking of all the other things I could be doing instead. So, it was great that the Crock-Pot® did all the work for me. The rice was soft with just a little bite. Perfect! The chorizo flavoured it beautifully and if you're as much a fan of chorizo as I am then I know you'll love it! I like risotto to have vegetables in too and the peas and tomatoes in this added some freshness.
Can you Adapt this Chorizo Risotto?
If you want, you can vary the vegetables you use or even miss them out altogether. Mushrooms or peppers would work as an alternative.
Bacon could be used instead of chorizo, but it would of course change the flavour quite a bit.
I just used stock but if you want to make this risotto with wine too you can. Just replace 100 to 200ml of the stock with either red or white wine
I feel the parmesan is optional. It depends on how you like your risotto. I think this has loads of flavour and is creamy enough without cheese, but I know some people would never miss out the cheese!
What can you Serve with this Chorizo Risotto?
This pressure cooker chorizo risotto is delicious just as it is! However, if you want to add a side dish then I think a fresh green salad goes perfectly with it. If you're feeling hungry then garlic bread is also delicious with it.
What can you Do with the Leftovers?
If you have leftover risotto, then let it cool down then store it in the fridge for up to two days. I usually reheat it in the microwave until it is piping hot. If you need to reheat it on the hob then you will need to add a dash of stock to stop it from sticking. You can also reheat it in the oven.
Can you Freeze Leftover Risotto?
Risotto tastes best when it is freshly made but you can freeze the leftovers for up to three months. Let the risotto defrost completely and then reheat it as above.
Pressure Cooker Chorizo Risotto
- Crock-Pot Express Multi Cooker
- 1 onion diced
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 140 g cooking chorizo sliced
- 200 g risotto rice
- 650 ml chicken stock or vegetable stock
- 160 g cherry tomatoes
- 100 g peas defrosted
- Pinch black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoon basil chopped
- Switch on the Crock Pot® Express Multi-Cooker. Press the SAUTÉ mode and adjust the time to 6 minutes.
- When the Crock Pot® has heated up the fry the onion, garlic and chorizo, stirring regularly.
- After 5 minutes stir in the rice.
- Add the tomatoes and pour in the stock.
- Put the lid on and make sure it is in the locked position. Make sure the steam release valve is also in the sealed position. Select RICE/RISOTTO function. Set the time to 8 minutes.
- After 8 minutes the Crock Pot® will switch to keep warm mode and you can quickly (and carefully) release the pressure or leave it to naturally release the pressure.
- Stir through the peas, parmesan and some chopped basil at the end. Season with a little black pepper and salt if necessary.
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If you're looking for dinner ideas then do also check out my easy spicy recipe collection!