Basic Beef Stew


  • 2 lb beef stew meat
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Muir Glen™ organic tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups diced peeled carrots
  • 2 cups diced peeled russet potatoes
  • 1 cup Progresso™ beef flavored broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • In large bowl, toss beef with salt and pepper. Spray 6-quart Instant Pot™ insert with cooking spray. Select Saute; adjust to normal. Melt butter in insert. Add beef in 2 batches, and cook 2 to 4 Minutes on first side until browned. Turn and cook 2 to 4 Minutes longer on second side or until browned. Select Cancel.
  • Return beef to insert. Stir in tomato paste. Stir in onions, carrots and potatoes. Stir in broth. Secure lid; set pressure valve to Sealing. Select Manual; cook on high pressure 45 Minutes. Select Cancel. Set pressure valve to Venting to quick-release pressure.
  • In small bowl, beat cornstarch and water with whisk. Select Saute, and adjust to normal; heat liquid to simmering. Gently stir in cornstarch mixture; cook 30 to 60 Seconds, stirring frequently, until thickened. Select Cancel.
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