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Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup

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Recipe for Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup


Yield: 8 Servings

Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup

Beef and Barley Soup with carrots, potatoes in a blue bowl

This soup I made for my daughter and her husband. The aromas were so good that she could not wait for him to arrive home and had a bowl. Well, two bowls as one were not enough. Just an awesome winter soup.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Natural Release Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 pounds (1kg) beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces (225g) quartered mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 diced stalks of celery
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 4-6 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 cups (1.4 liter) low sodium beef broth/stock
  • 1 (14.5oz) (411g) can diced tomatoes
  • ¾ cup (140g) rinsed pearl barley
  • 2 small peeled and diced potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons better than bullion beef base (or use 2-4 cubes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


Set Instant Pot to sauté setting. When hot add in stew meat, olive oil, and season with a little salt and pepper. Brown meat on all sides then remove and set aside. (about 5 minutes).

Add mushrooms and sauté until nicely browned. (May need to add a little more oil)

Add onion, celery, and carrot. Season with salt and pepper if desired and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add in garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

Add a little beef broth to deglaze the bottom of the pan and be sure to scrape up all the browned bits to avoid the burn error.

Add remaining broth, browned meat, tomatoes, barley, potatoes, beef base, bay leaf, and thyme.

Place lid on Instant Pot and turn to the locking position.

Set vent to sealing and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.

Let the Instant Pot do a natural release of pressure for 15 minutes then turn the vent to release the remaining pressure before removing the lid.


Submitted and prepared by Beverley Bella from SA Tasty Recipes - Saffas Daily Recipes

Freezer Friendly:

If you want to freeze the soup let it cool completely and pour it into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for 4-6 months. Thaw completely and reheat.

What to serve with Beef and Barley Soup

  • Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Simple side salad
  • Any fruit salad

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 154Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 23mgSodium 359mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 10g

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As always we have more Soup recipes for you to make:  How about this Instant pot Beef and Veggie SoupOsso Buco Bean and Vegetable SoupAmazing Mushroom Sweet Corn Soup; or the Belly-warming Spicy Lentil Soup


Should I cook barley before adding it to soup?

As with most grains, it is a good idea to rinse pearl barley before cooking with it — particularly if adding straight to a soup or a stew.  If you want to add pearl barley to a soup or stew but don’t want the barley to thicken it then cook it separately first. Boil in water for 20-30 minutes and rinse before using.

How do you make soup with an Instant Pot?

Use the “Soup” button to make broth, stock, or soup. The Instant Pot will control the pressure and temperature so that the liquid doesn’t heavily boil. You can adjust the cooking time as needed, typically between 20-40 minutes, and the pressure to either low or high.

Should you need some guidelines to use the Instant Pot, visit and read these 7 Simple Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Safety Tips


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6 thoughts on “Instant Pot Beef and Barley Soup”

    • Thank you, Laurie – hope your husband will enjoy it. If you have a moment once you tried it to revert back to the post and give it a rating and review, I will highly appreciate it. Thank you in advance

    • Hi Cherie, Yes seems like a lot of people nowadays have an Instapot with all these good and awesome recipes popping up. I do not have one and will never have one as we are retired and should we wish to make something that could have been made in an Instapot, we just cook it for a long time till done.


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