Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

If you’re a fan of the classic comfort food, Slow Cooker Chicken and Noodles, but want to take it up a notch with a richer and heartier twist, then Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles is the way to go!

beef and noodles in a slow cooker with a serving spoon

This dish has become a family favorite in our household, and it’s not hard to see why. While chicken and noodles are delicious, the addition of beef brings a whole new level of flavor. The beef creates a sauce that coats the noodles, resulting in a truly delightful combination. We could honestly enjoy this meal every week without ever getting tired of it.

And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to make! Don’t think that dishes like Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles are only reserved for weekends. With just 15 minutes of hands-on preparation time, you can easily whip up this dish on your busiest days.

beef roast seasoned in slow cooker

What kind of meat should you use for beef and noodles?

For this recipe, I recommend using a chuck roast. It has just the right amount of fat to impart flavor without making the dish greasy. Plus, the long cooking time will make the meat incredibly tender, practically falling apart.

Other options you can consider are round eye roast, top round, or rump roast. Look for a roast with minimal marbling, and if possible, opt for a boneless cut.

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beef and noodles in a round slow cooker

How do you make beef and noodles in a slow cooker?

The process is actually quite simple, consisting of two steps:

  1. Start by seasoning the beef and adding it to the slow cooker along with broth. Let it cook all day until the meat is fork-tender, then shred it.
  2. Next, add the noodles to the cooking liquid along with some cream and cornstarch. Let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the sauce thickens.

This one-pot meal is a breeze to prepare, leaving you with minimal cleanup and maximum flavor that your family will absolutely love.

ingredients for beef and noodles

I often receive questions about the noodles used in this recipe. I prefer using frozen egg noodles, like the Reames brand, which can be found in the freezer section of most grocery stores.

Can this be a Freezer Meal?

Absolutely! Simply season the beef and place it in a freezer bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just remember to thaw it before cooking as directed. You’ll only need to add the beef broth when it’s time to cook.

Can I Make this in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you can! Here’s how:

  1. Add the beef, seasonings, and broth to the Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 75 minutes.
  2. Allow the pressure to release naturally, then stir in the cornstarch mixture and cream to thicken the sauce.
  3. Cook the noodles separately and add them to the Instant Pot.

cooked beef and noodles in instant pot

How to store leftovers:

To store the leftovers, divide them into individual servings and place them in airtight containers. They can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and reheated easily in the microwave. If you have more than you can consume within 3 days, feel free to freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months.

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beef and noodles on a white plate with a gold fork

Now that you have the recipe for Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles, it’s time to gather your ingredients and get cooking. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more delicious recipes and cooking inspiration. Enjoy!