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The Easiest Instant Pot Beef and Noodles

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!A white bowl full of beef and noodles on top of a white cloth napkin.

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! A close up image that shows the texture of the beef and noodles.

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:

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.Adding the seasonings to the beef in the instant pot.

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?

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

 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! Ladling out the beef and noodles from the instant pot.

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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Instant Pot BBQ Swiss Steak

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Instant Pot BBQ Swiss Steak

 

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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Beth

Friday 26th of March 2021

Would frozen spaghetti work, can’t find frozen egg noodles. If not can I use egg noodles cooked on the stove and throw in at the end?

Amy D

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Beth, If you can't find frozen egg noodles then your best best is to use egg noodles cooked in lightly salted water on the stovetop. Then drain them and stir them end at the end of the cooking time. Hope that you are able to find a way to enjoy the recipe with what you have on hand.

Amy

Beth

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Can you use frozen stewed meat???

Amy D

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Hi Beth, That's a great question. But, unfortunately, no, you can't use frozen stew meat. The timing of this recipe is pretty crucial to the finished outcome. Frozen stew beef just can't be cooked tender in the same amount of time that the frozen noodles can.

Amy D.

Mayra

Friday 29th of January 2021

For frozen noodles- would I just cook noodles and then freeze to use for this recipe?

Amy D

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Hi Mayra,

I use Reames brand frozen noodles. I'm not sure how freezing your own noodles would turn out, but I'd love to hear how it goes for you!

Amy

Billie

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Can you make it without the browning sauce? I haven't been able to find it anywhere. Are there any substitutes you can recommend?

Amy D

Friday 29th of January 2021

Billie,

Something I have learned since I started this blog, is that I maybe cook a bit like a grandma. I get questions about this ingredient and the beef consomme all the time. They are staples in my pantry because they were staples in my grandma's pantry. To answer your question, yes, you can make it without the browning sauce. 100 percent yes. I just like adding it to beefy things because it gives your food a great color and adds a little depth of flavor. Hope that helps you out!

Amy D.

Michelle Schroeder

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Has anyone doubled this recipe yet? I have a 10 quart and am fairly new to it. Any tips on how to double this recipe?

Amy D

Sunday 17th of January 2021

When doubling the recipe, just increase the ingredients times 2, but keep the cook time the same. Just make sure you don't fill your instant pot over the max fill line.