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The Easiest Instant Pot Beef and Noodles

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This is the quickest and easiest Instant Pot Beef and Noodles recipe you’ll ever try. Traditional hearty beef and noodles in a fraction of the time and work of most beef and noodle recipes, but still yields the same tender seasoned bites of beef and tons of creamy noodles in under an hour!

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Beef and noodles is known for being easy comfort food, but it’s usually comfort food that takes a good long while to cook. This method of cooking beef and noodles is the ultimate shortcut method because we’ll utilize not one easy shortcut to lessen prep and cook time, but 2!

Most instant pot beef and noodles recipes call for chuck roast and that requires quite a bit of prep work. First the roast has to be trimmed and cut into small pieces or completely cooked and then shredded. 

For this recipe we’re going to use store bought cubed stew beef. Most packaged stew beef you buy at the grocery store is odds and ends of chuck roast and round. There can be other cuts of meat included as well. Because the store bought stew beef is already cut into bite sized pieces, all you’ll need to do is throw it in the bottom of the instant pot! 

Here’s a beginners’s guide to using the Instant Pot in case you need one before we start.  

Step 1:

Open your package of stew beef and throw it in the bottom of an instant pot that’s at least 6 quarts or larger. Toss the butter in on top of the meat. 

Step 2:
Adding the seasonings to the beef in the instant pot.

Add the seasonings: garlic powder, salt, onion powder, pepper and browning sauce.  Now I realize that probably not everyone has browning sauce in their pantry, but I think it’s absolutely critical for this recipe.

What is browning sauce? A highly concentrated blend of vegetable stock, spices, and herbs with caramel coloring added. It makes anything beefy just taste a little richer and gives it a great color. I always add it to my beef stews and gravy.

Step 3:

Add the frozen noodles, broth and consomme. 

Do you have to use frozen noodles?

After all the ingredients have been added to the instant pot and it is ready to seal and cook.

Yes, indeedy. Frozen noodles are the only noodles that can hold up to the cook time it will take for the meat to get tender. Dried noodles or fresh noodles would be mush at the end of 28 minutes in the Instant Pot.  Pour the beef consomme and beef broth over the top of the frozen noodles.

Ladling out the beef and noodles from the instant pot.

 And that’s it! Put the lid on the instant pot, seal it up and cook on manual for 28 minutes. Do a quick steam release. Stir it all together really well and then serve!

You’ll notice at the end of the cook time that the beef will still be in chunks, but it will be fork tender and easily shred! 

How can you quickly and easily make this without an Instant Pot? I’m sorry, but you just can’t. The Instant Pot makes tough cuts of meat cook up tender in a flash and I don’t know of anything else does the same thing. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, you need to get yourself one! I use this 6 quart model because it’s big enough for my family of 6.  You can find them for under $80 on Amazon.

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Big Batch Instant Pot Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Beef Stew

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A white bowl full of Beef and Noodles sitting on top of a white cloth napkin.

The Easiest Instant Pot Beef and Noodles

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

Traditional hearty beef and noodles recipe in 3 easy steps and under an hour.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pound package of precut stew beef
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp browning sauce
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef consomme
  • 1 quart (32ounces) beef broth
  • 1 (24 ounce) bag frozen noodles *

Instructions

  1. Place the stew beef in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Then put in the butter.
  2. Add the garlic powder, salt, onion powder, black pepper, and browning sauce.
  3. Add the frozen noodles to the Instant Pot. Pour the consomme and broth over the noodles and beef. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to seal. Cook on manual high heat for 28 minutes. When the timer goes off do a quick steam release. Give the beef and noodles a generous stir and serve!

Notes

* No substitutions on the noodles. Frozen noodles must be used for this to turn out correctly.

The amount of liquid after cooking depends a lot on the fat content of your stew beef. If your beef and noodles is too liquidy, you can make a slurry with cornstarch and water to thicken it up. They will thicken up some on their own as the beef and noodles cools to eating temperature.

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D. Broten

Saturday 14th of January 2023

This is so easy and full of flavor. The meat comes out so tender. I use the Walmart stew meat. Always good pieces. We have several meals out of this recipe.

Amy Dunn

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

I have never used Beef consommé before. So, when I looked at my local Kroger, I found condensed beef consommé in a 10.5 oz can. Is that what the recipe intends us to use, undiluted?

Amy D

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

That's exactly right Amy!

S

Monday 26th of December 2022

Can I make this a day ahead?

Melissa

Saturday 5th of November 2022

I make this often and it's a family favorite! We can't always find browning sauce at our local rural markets but we have substituted beef flavored Better Than Bullion with great success. Thanks for a great recipe that's being made again tonight!

Clara

Friday 21st of October 2022

Mine stuck & burned in bottom of cooker. What a mess !!!!! I don’t know if I’ll ever get the pan cleaned or not.

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