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Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Squash Stew #HowtoInstantPot

Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Stew
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Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

There are so many amazing recipes to choose from (and I plan to try them all eventually), but I was raised on beef stew and I couldn’t wait to try this Instant Pot version with butternut squash instead of potatoes. It’s a delicious way to avoid white carbs and still have that hearty, tummy-warming dinner on a cold winter night.

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Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Instant Pot Beef and Butternut Squash Stew
Prep Time
55 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, healthy
Servings: 6
Author: How To Instant Pot - Daniel Shumski
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt extra if needed
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless stew beef cubed
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary / chopped dried can be used
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves dried can be used
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 small butternut squash peeled and cubed
  • 1 can diced tomato
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley for garnish
  1. Place the flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir to combine.

  2. Add beef to flour mixture and toss until coated. Set aside.

  3. Press Sauté and use the Sauté or Adjust button to select the middle ("Normal") temperature. Place 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in the inner pot Wait 2 minutes for oil to warm. 

  4. Add onion, rosemary, and thyme. 

  5. Cook with lid off, stirring occasionally until the onion softens - approximately 5 minutes. Use a large spoon to remove the onion and herbs to a bowl. Set aside.

  6. Place remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the inner pot, wait for oil to warm. Add half of beef. Cook with lid off - turning beef occasionally until browned. Remove and set aside. Repeat with second half of beef.

  7. Place chicken broth in inner pot and use a spatula or wood spoon to scrape the bottom of the inner pot until the brown bits are released into the chicken broth.

  8. Add onion, browned beef, squash, tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.

  9. Close and lock lid. Set the valve to "Sealing". Press cancel, then press "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" and use the level button to select "High" pressure. Use - or + buttons to set time for 20 minutes.

  10. When the cooking cycle ends, press Cancel. Allow Instant Pot to cool and release pressure naturally - about 30 min. (you'll know the pressure is released when the small silver float button drops back down into the lid)

  11. Remove lid and taste for seasoning, add additional salt or pepper as desired. 

  12. Serve hot, garnished with parsley. Can be served plain or over rice.

Recipe Notes
  • Stew will keep in a refrigerated airtight container for up to 4 days. To repeat, place in a pot on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot.
  • Excerpted from How to Instant Pot by Daniel Shumski (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2017.

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About the Author

Daniel Shumski is a writer and editor who has hunted ramen in Tokyo for the Washington Post and tracked down ice cream in Buenos Aires for the Los Angeles Times. Between stints at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, he worked for a Midwestern heirloom apple orchard. His bestselling first book, Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron, won praise from the New York Times, People magazine, and Food52. He lives in Montreal.

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