Grandma’s Beef and Noodles

Are you craving a comforting and nostalgic dish that will warm your soul? Look no further than Grandma’s Beef and Noodles recipe. This Midwestern classic is easy to make and always full of flavor. Whether you’re a Midwest native or just in need of a cozy bowl of noodles, this recipe is sure to satisfy. Let’s dive in!

Beef and Noodles

The Tradition Lives On

As we find ourselves back in the Midwest, I can’t help but reminisce about the comfort food classics I grew up with. Grandma’s homemade beef and noodles holds a special place in my heart. This simple yet flavorful dish was a staple at her farmhouse during our family gatherings. Even as a picky eater, I couldn’t resist going back for seconds and thirds when it was beef and noodles day. Now, as I introduce my own toddler to this family tradition, I’ve recreated the recipe to be as close to the original as possible.

Ingredients for Beef and Noodles

To make this delicious dish, you’ll need a few simple ingredients:

  • Beef roast: Opt for a tender cut like beef chuck roast or sirloin. These cuts become extra tender when slow-cooked.
  • Egg noodles: While my grandma made her own homemade egg noodles, store-bought wide egg noodles work perfectly as a time-saving option.
  • Onion and garlic: These aromatics add depth of flavor to the beef stock.
  • Beef stock: Choose a good-quality beef stock or beef bone broth for the base of the sauce.
  • Fresh thyme and bay leaf: These simple seasonings add a fantastic flavor to the dish.
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Beef and Noodles Ingredients

How to Make Beef and Noodles

For detailed instructions on how to make beef and noodles using different cooking methods, refer to the recipe below. Here are a few quick tips to ensure your dish turns out perfectly:

  1. Choose the right cut of beef: Opt for chuck roast or sirloin, which will become tender when slow-cooked.
  2. Brown the beef: Although optional, browning the beef adds rich flavor to the dish.
  3. Use high-quality beef stock: Since this dish relies on a handful of ingredients, the beef stock you choose can make a significant difference in taste.
  4. Allow ample cooking time: For tender beef, let it slow cook until it can be easily shredded with two forks.
  5. Season to taste: Once the noodles have cooked, don’t forget to season generously with salt, pepper, and additional thyme or Worcestershire sauce if desired.
  6. Adjust the consistency: If the dish appears too watery or lacking flavor, you can thicken the broth with a cornstarch slurry or add more beef stock for a richer taste.

Beef and Noodles

Recipe Variations

While Grandma’s Beef and Noodles recipe is already delicious as is, you can experiment with a few variations to suit your taste:

  • Add cream: Stir in a splash of heavy cream to create a creamy sauce.
  • Include extra veggies: Sauté mushrooms, carrots, or celery along with the onion for added texture and flavor.
  • Introduce greens: Just before serving, wilt some fresh baby spinach or chopped kale into the dish.
  • Play with different herbs: Enhance the taste by adding finely-chopped fresh rosemary, sage, oregano, or tarragon along with the thyme.
  • Sprinkle with cheese: For an extra touch of richness, stir in freshly-grated Parmesan cheese or use it as a garnish.
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Grandma's Beef and Noodles

More Nostalgic Noodle Recipes

If you can’t get enough of homestyle noodle dishes, here are some more recipes to try:

  • Homestyle Egg Noodles
  • The Coziest Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Tuna Noodle Casserole

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