Winter Beef and Butternut Squash Stew for the Insta Pot (also Vegetarian)
Author: Gay Van Beek for Canterbury Cottage Designs
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (the kind from a jar is just as good-use a teaspoon!)
  • 2 celery sticks chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2.5 - 3 lb. chuck roast you can also substitute beef stew that is already cut
  • 6 cups of peeled and chopped butternut squash cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Marsala wine
  • 6 cups of Veggie Broth my favorite is Zoup!
  • One 10 oz. can of fire roasted diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 tsp. sweet Hungarian Paprika
  • 1 tsp. dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp. oregano flakes
  1. Add about a 1/4 cup of broth to the insta pot. Press "saute" and add onions, carrots, and celery. Saute for 10 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic, and saute for 2-3 more minutes.  Press "cancel" to turn off the Insta Pot.
  2. Add broth, tomato paste, meat, butternut squash, wine, and spices. Stir to distribute and make sure everything is covered in broth. I did  not add the correct amount of liquid the second time I made this, and the Insta Pot detected this and sent me this cute little message:
  3. {yikes, thank goodness my mother in law loves me}
  4. All I had to do was add more broth, scrape up the bits on the bottom and continue on. Had this been in a regular pot the burn flavor would have cooked right into the dish, ruining it. Just another great feature of this appliance.
  5. Put the lid on, seal and turn the steam knob to "sealing". Press "pressure cook" and change the time to 1 hour 45mins using the "+" button. (Add more or less time, depending on the size of your roast)
  6. Pour a glass of wine or tea, set the table, and relax for a bit! (I finished decorating for Christmas!)
  7. When the Insta Pot is finished, you can either let it stay in "Warm" mode (which reduces the amount of steam that vents) or go ahead and press "cancel", and turn the steam knob to "venting" (also use a wooden spoon when doing this as it starts steaming immediately and there is always a risk of hot steam splattering your hand). When the steam is finished dispensing open the lid and ladle out the most delicious stew into your bowl with some wonderful buttery French bread.