Instant Pot  Beef Barley Soup

warm & cozy comfort food

Beef barley soup in the Instant Pot is one of winter's coziest recipes. Stew meat cooks up tender and has the extra bite from pearl barley. Soup season is my favorite!

salt, black pepper. thyme

stew meat or chuck roast

onion and carrot

tomato paste

olive oil

low sodium beef broth

garlic powder


Heat and brown


Set your Instant Pot to the saute setting. Once it’s heated, add the oil to the pan and heat. Add the beef cubes.

Cook for 4-5 minutes


Saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring the meat pieces once.

Add aromatics


1Add carrots, celery and chopped onion and cook for 4 more minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.

Add tomato paste


1. Mix in tomato paste, stirring to incorporate.

Add remaining ingredients


Add beef stock and barley, plus thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir one more time, then add the Instant Pot lid and set to seal.

Pressure Cook

Set the pressure cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. When the cooking time is complete, let it do a natural release for 10 minutes.


This tastes even better the next day! Beef barley soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days or frozen up to three months.

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