flowerInstant Pot Beef & Barley Soup

It was that kind of day today….a soup kind of day.  Overcast, rainy and damp.  So it begged for something comforting like beef & barley soup.  What better way to make it than in my Instant Pot….just got it and this is the first recipe I try in it.

My friends had one and we loved what they made in theirs so we thought this would be handy at camp so we bought one.  And I’m glad we did!  It works great and is actually very easy once you read the instructions.

So here we go…a new adventure!!

Beef & Barley Soup (Instant Pot Recipe)

  1. 1 1/2 lbs stew beef cut in small pieces
  2. salt and pepper to taste
  3. cooking oil ( I used olive oil)
  4. 10 baby bella mushrooms cut in small pieces
  5. 3 cups of miropois ( chopped carrots, celery & onion)
  6. 6-8 cloves of garlic , minced
  7. 6 cups low sodium beef broth
  8. 1 cup water
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  11. 1 large potato shredded
  12. 2/3 cup of pearl barley, rinsed
  13. 2 Tbsp of Boris or other beef broth enhancer


  • season the stew meat with salt & pepper. Hear 1 Tbsp of oil in your Instant Pot over “normal” heat on the “Sauté” setting. Add 1/2 the stew meat to brown, remove put in a bowl and brown the other 1/2..repeat
  • now add a bit more oil if needed and sauté the celery, carrot & onion..add garlic and sauté …..add to same bowl as stew set aside
  • now add the mushrooms and sauté as well ( add more oil if needed)
  • now add everything you have sautéed…add your beef broth, water and seasoning & bay leaves
  • lock your lid onto your Instant Pot and press Pressure Cook…on high for 15 minutes.
  • Note: it will take a couple of minutes to reach the pressure
  • the time you’ve set will come on once the temperature is reached
  • once the 15 minutes are up it will ding
  • release the pressure as per instructions in your manual….
  • remove lid ….add rinsed barley and shredded potato, mix
  • add more seasonings if needed
  • lock the lid in place
  • press “slow cooker” and time it for 1 hour
  • it will be perfectly done




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