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Are you looking for a new Instant Pot recipe? Gramma's Beef Barley Soup is a great pressure cooker recipe and can be made in the slow cooker too!
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Gramma's Beef Barley Soup - Instant Pot Recipe

Course Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings


  • 2 C. carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 1/2 c. frozen corn
  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 16- oz. can stewed tomatoes
  • 2/3 c. pearled barley uncooked
  • 1 T. beef bouillon granules
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • 3/4 t. dried basil
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 5 c. water


  • With the lid off turn on the Instant Pot and select the Saute feature. You will want to saute on normal" or medium heat.
  • Place the oil and stew meat in the Instant pot and saute until the beef is brown on all sides; add garlic and onion and saute a couple more minutes.
  • Hit cancel to turn off the saute feature.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  • Put the lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the valve is sealed.
  • Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes (it will take it a while to build pressure).
  • Then use semi quick release by using a wooden spoon to tap the valve multiple times before fully releasing the valve.