Beef and Butternut Squash Stew (Instant Pot)

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

Beef and butternut squash stew is a quick and easy winter comfort food – perfect for all you butternut squash lovers out there. I used my Instant Pot to make this stew and it came out amazing – the beef was fork tender and the flavors were bold and delicious!

I love to use my electric pressure cooker to make stews and soups. They require minimum preparation and cook very fast – in only 30 minutes I have a delicious and yummy stew waiting for me. If you are looking for quick and easy healthy family meals, you will love cooking with an Instant Pot. It’s really a life saver. Especially with a baby and little time to cook. I am blessed to have my mother and grandmother with me to help me right now but it will be really handy when they leave and I have to go back to work after my maternity leave ends.

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

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Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

What you need

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tomato, peeled and chopped

2 lbs beef stew, cut in 1″ pieces

4 Tbsp arrowroot starch

6 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash, cut in 1″ cubes

1/2 cup Marsala wine

2 1/2 cup beef broth

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp rosemary

2 bay leaves

Instructions

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the instant pot. Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots, tomato, and tomato paste to the pot. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir.

Season beef stew with salt, black pepper and 4 Tbsp of arrowroot starch (or cornstarch). Add beef and butternut squash to the pot. Season butternut squash with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Season everything with sweet Hungarian paprika, thyme, rosemary and add 2 bay leaves. Stir everything. Pour wine and beef broth, and the remaining 2 Tbsp of the olive oil.

Plug the instant pot. Close the lid, and turn the valve to sealing. Press Meat/Stew button and cook on Normal/High Pressure for 30 minutes.

When it’s ready, press Keep Warm/Cancel button and turn the steam release to venting (aka quick release).

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew

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Beef and Butternut Squash Stew (Instant Pot)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Quick and easy winter comfort food cooked in the Instant Pot. Tender beef and delicious flavors!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 to mato peeled and chopped
  • 2 lbs beef stew cut in 1" pieces
  • 4 Tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 6 cups peeled and chopped butternut squash cut in 1" cubes
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 2 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
Instructions
  1. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to the instant pot. Add onions, garlic, celery, carrots, tomato and tomato paste to the pot. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir.
  2. Season beef stew with salt, black pepper and 4 Tbsp of arrowroot starch (or cornstarch). Add beef and butternut squash to the pot. Season butternut squash with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Season everything with sweet Hungarian paprika, thyme, rosemary and add 2 bay leaves. Stir everything. Pour wine and beef broth, and the remaining 2 Tbsp of the olive oil.
  4. Plug the instant pot. Close the lid, and turn the valve to sealing. Press Meat/Stew button and cook on Normal/High Pressure for 30 minutes.
  5. When it's ready, press Keep Warm/Cancel button and turn the steam release to venting (aka venting).
Nutrition Facts
Beef and Butternut Squash Stew (Instant Pot)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Potassium 654mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 223.3%
Vitamin C 24.8%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 17.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 comments on Beef and Butternut Squash Stew (Instant Pot)

  • Mira

    I love this! You may have just talked me into getting an instant pot! 🙂

  • Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    I love that you put Marsala in this stew 🙂 And I totally hear you! I thought I would be a natural mother before my son came along– and then the reality sets in that it’s a constant job! You don’t even get to rest while you’re sleeping– you are on call 24 hours a day. There were times in the first 2 months I didn’t think I would survive the first year– but here we are, 16 months later, and it gets so much easier as time goes by. I can’t wait to see more photos Neli!

  • Lisa

    This looks so great! I love butternut squash and I like that it’s a twist on traditional beef stew! I don’t have an Instant Pot, but I’ve been more and more curious about them lately. After seeing this recipe I think I’ve made up my mind to get one! And enjoy that baby!!!! My baby is a junior in college…but it seems like yesterday I was where you are now! ?

  • April J Harris

    I have been hearing so many good things about Instant Pots! Your Beef and Butternut Stew looks delicious and so wholesome too. Love the vivid colours from the butternut squash and carrots.

  • Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health

    It looks really delicious. So easy and perfect for busy mums. I actually love meals I can just put in instant pot or oven, and go and do other things… like be with my kido, doing homework or cleaning … hahah well not much happy about that one but hey someone has to that too right 😉 Thanks for sharing the recipe! Happy Holidays Neli!

  • Platter Talk

    I love beef stew and I love butternut squash. This recipe looks so good and sounds so tasty and EASY! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Bonnie

    Do you saute the onions, carrots, celery on the saute setting before you add the beef?

  • Michelle

    How much is one serving, please? A cup? Half a cup? Thank you!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Michelle,
      One serving is 1 cup.
      Hope you like the stew! 🙂

      • Michelle

        Thank you so much for responding! Can’t wait to try this out. 🙂

  • Ryin Bradley

    Hi! I was surprised to read this recipe and it doesn’t require the beef to be seared before cooking. Have you found a difference in the tenderness of the meat if you just put all ingredients into the instant pot and cook vs searing the beef first and then cooking the veggies in the beef juices?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      I haven’t found much of a difference. The pressure in the Instant Pot makes the beef very tender even without searing it. For some recipes, I prefer to sear the beef because it might make it a little bit more flavorful. But either way, this recipe is very delicious and the beef tender even without searing it. Let me know how you like it if you give it a try. 🙂

  • Simon Curtis

    I have made this twice now following the recipe to the letter and both times my pot will not build up pressure? Any ideas as to why?
    Thanks

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Simon, have you had the same problem with other instant pot recipes? I am wondering if there is a problem with your IP. I don’t see why it wouldn’t build up pressure. All you have to do is, close the lid, turn the valve to sealing and press the program button (in this recipe is Meat/Stew).
      You said that you tried the recipe twice. How did you end up cooking the recipe eventually?

      • Simon Curtis

        Thanks for the quick response.
        I ended up taking half the mixture out and then it did eventually seal.
        It seems odd as I assume the recipe is for the insantpot? The mixture was well down from the max marks on the internal pot.
        With regards other recipes yes I have cooked other ones and have successfully sealed with them.

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