This easy recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles is your new go-to for busy weeknight comfort food! Plus, it only calls for just a few ingredients!
Oftentimes, it’s the simplest of recipes that end up being family favorites. This Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles is just that. It’s amazingly simple but ridiculously delicious and full of flavor. It’s super savory and hearty too. It’s the definition of comfort food for us. My family just devours it every time I make it. And, the leftovers are just as good!
It really is the perfect meal for busy weeknights. Very similar to my beef stroganoff, you can drop everything in the slow cooker in the morning before work, and dinner is just about ready when you get home – short of cooking the noodles. And by dropping everything, I mean four of the total five ingredients. There are so many shortcuts in this recipe to make it easy on you.
No making your own sauce mixture from scratch with a long list of ingredients. You get all that amazing flavor by using the premade mix packets in the list of ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Super simple and amazingly delicious!
How do you thicken beef and noodles?
One issue that many people run into with a gravy-based dish in the slow cooker is they find the gravy to be much too thin or runny for their liking at the end of the cook time. Fixing this issue is super simple though.
Simply mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water and stir it into the slow cooker. Turn the heat to high and cook for about 20 minutes or until the gravy has thickened. That will give you plenty of time to get those noodles in a pot and boil to perfectly tender perfection.
Can I use frozen stew meat?
Yes, you can use frozen stew meat. However, I recommend thawing it first to ensure the meat gets cooked through. This can be done by simply moving the stew meat from the freezer or deep freeze to the refrigerator the day before you make this crock pot beef and noodles meal. If you forget to move the meat over, you could also use the defrost feature on your microwave to speed up the thawing time.
Other Ways to Serve the Beef in this Recipe
With other types of noodles! You don’t have to use the egg noodles I put in this particular recipe. For example, you could opt for spaghetti or penne for your beef and noodles recipe.
Try it on mashed potatoes! Oh my goodness, this beef and sauce over my mom’s mashed potato recipe is to die for. My mouth is already watering!
Over rice! I love to pour this beef and sauce mixture over the top of a bed of rice. Yum yum yum!
On it’s own! The beef and sauce you whip up in this recipe are even good enough to be eaten alone as the main course protein. I highly recommend pairing it with my Loaded Mashed Potatoes, or a regular baked potato, and my Roasted Broccoli or Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms.
Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 1 (0.87-ounce) packet brown gravy mix
- 1 (1-ounce) packet au jus mix
- 1 cup water
- 1 (12-ounce) package wide egg noodles
- In the crock of a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together the meat, gravy mix, au jus mix, and water. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
- Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Serve the beef and gravy over the noodles.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.