Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

Deconstructed Amish style cabbage rolls with sauerkraut, recreated as a hearty autumn stew in the instant pot or pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day with  the blogging group  #SoupSwappers  is for Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew, which goes with  the monthly theme of comforting Fall stews.

For me,  autumn isn’t complete  without cabbage rolls in one form or another. My favorite kind includes a bit of  sauerkraut, as I learned was best from the St. Augustines church in Waynesville Ohio, which hosts the Ohio Sauerkraut festival every year.

Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

Making this as a stew changes up the ground beef (which is actually usual for a Cabbage Patch Stew) to chunks of tender stew beef, which I really prefer, but otherwise, the flavors are all there.

It is easy enough to do  in the Instant Pot, which I know we all love to have more recipes which utilize that.

Not  a bite was wasted in our home, even with a small family. If it is even possible,  this tastes even better the second day (same thing with chili that gets better as it sits).

This really  is a  one  pot meal unto itself, as you won’t need anything else except desserts. What is your favorite dessert  to have with anything that contains sauerkraut? Would you be surprised to learn that for me, it is actually more sauerkraut? Don’t be shy about that recipe- it tastes remarkably like coconut pie. Same texture too.  I got over being squeamish about kraut and sweets a very long time ago. Going to the kraut festival taught me that there is no bad way to serve kraut, provided you know how to do it. One of these days when I get time I’ll post the chocolate sauerkraut fudge. It is nomnom too.

Sauerkraut Pie

Or perhaps you’d like a yummy sauerkraut nut bread with your morning coffee?

Sauerkraut-Nut Bread


Comforting Fall Stews

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Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew


  • 2.5 pounds stew beef chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1  teaspoon  black  pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped  celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped garlic
  • 1 (11.5 ounce) can  tomato juice
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5  ounce)  can diced tomatoes with  liquid
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sauerkraut, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon  paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain  rice
  • 1 pound cabbage, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup  cold water


  1. Season  beef with salt and black  pepper.
  2. Brown stew beef chunks, celery,  onion, garlic in the  instant pot on  the saute/sear setting.
  3. Stir in the tomato  juice, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with liquid, sauerkraut with liquid,  paprika and caraway seed.
  4. Place lid on instant pot and close, sealing the valve.
  5. Turn the pot off to disengage the sear function, then turn it back on and set to manual  for 30 minutes.
  6. After the beep at 30 minutes, use a long handled wooden spoon to open the valve, keeping your fingers away from the steam to do a quick release.
  7. Let the steam vent off until  it subsides, about  5-10 minutes, before opening the lid.
  8. After  you  open the lid,  mix the cornstarch with cold water and stir that into the stew  along with the rice.
  9. Place the cabbage on top of all that  (but don’t stir it in- it just steams on top).
  10. Return the lid to the instant pot and close the valve.
  11. Turn  the pot off and on again and set to  manual for 10 minutes more.
  12. At  the  beep,  allow the stew to cool down for thirty  minutes without opening the quick release valve. This allows it to release naturally without pushing thickeners into the valve from the quickly escaping steam (which might clog it).
  13. After 30 minutes is up, open the valve to make sure all steam has dissipated, then stir the cabbage into the stew and serve.

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Pressure Cooker Amish Cabbage Patch Stew

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