Pressure Cooker Italian Beef Stew

READY IN: 44mins
Recipe by Dee514

Adapted for a pressure cooker. (Based on my Italian Beef or Veal Stew). Beef stew the way my grandmother used to make it! A good hearty dinner on a cold winter night, served with lots of warm, crusty, Italian bread for dunking into the sauce, mmmmmmm....... Tastes even better the second day. NOTE: I used my Fagor dual (high/low pressure) 6 quart pressure cooker when I prepared this. Everyones pressure cooker cooks a little different, so the cooking times are based on my experience with my PC. You may need to adjust the times for your PC and/or your personal tastes. **The 24 minute cooking time is the ACTUAL TOTAL cooking time under pressure. It does not include "natural release" time or the time it takes to bring your PC up to correct pressure.

Top Review by KateL

4 Stars, very good, potato starch thickens the sauce while standing. (My benchmark for 5 Stars is Julia Child's Beef Burgundy.) Made with moose roast which came out tender, did not peel my fresh russet potatoes. Would recommend searing the meat cubes without oil first, setting meat aside until after mushroom and garlic step has been completed. Loved the way this filled my 6-quart electric pressure cooker almost up to the maximum. I am debating use of bacon and an extra 1/2 cup of wine (and 1/2 cup less water) next time. Made for My 3 Chefs Spring 2008.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. I browned the meat with oil and onions in my PC, you can use a separate pan for browning if you prefer.
  2. Add the mushrooms and garlic, and let cook until the mushrooms release their liquid.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, wine, bay leaf and all seasonings EXCEPT salt.
  4. Add a bit of water, maybe 1 1/2 to 2 cups (to bring ingredient level to just over 1/3 capacity of my PC).
  5. Secure lid, bring to HIGH pressure and cook for 18-20 minutes.
  6. Let pressure release NATURALLY (it took about 15-18 minutes in my PC).
  7. Add potatoes and carrots, give all a good stir.
  8. Secure lid again and bring to HIGH pressure, cook veggies for 4 minutes.
  9. Quickly release pressure (with quick release valve) and test carrots & potatoes for doneness (they should still be a bit too firm).
  10. Add the green beans and give all a good stir. Secure lid and bring the PC up to LOW pressure, and cook for 2 minutes.
  11. Remove from stove, quick release pressure (with quick release valve), removed lid and give the stew a stir.
  12. Carefully (very hot!) sample it, adjust seasonings to taste (I added a bit of salt).
  13. If stew is too thick, add a bit of water to thin to desired consistency.
  14. If stew is too thin, let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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