Beef and noodles is a classic pairing that can be prepped and on the stove in 10 minutes. The low and slow simmer of the round steak means the meat is super tender and juicy. The broth is flavorful and the egg noodles really help you soak up every delicious bite.
Beef and Noodles
This beef noodles recipe is such a flavorful dish and only requires 4 ingredients! Because we’re using brown gravy mix and low sodium beef broth there’s no need to spend extra time creating the perfect gravy from scratch. This considerably cuts down on the prep time and allows you to get everything in the pan to start simmering even faster.
While other beef and noodles use regular beef stew meat, this one uses round steak which has so much more flavor when left to simmer and get tender. You could also use a chuck roast instead. This take on beef stroganoff is the ultimate comfort food and can even be made with homemade noodles.
Whisk together the brown gravy mix and water until well combined.
Add the beef broth and stir to mix.
Heat a large skillet over medium low heat.
Add the meat and top with the gravy mixture.
Stir to mix.
Bring the gravy to a simmer, then cover the pan and reduce heat to low.
Cook until the meat is tender, around one hour, stirring occasionally.
When ready to serve, add the egg noodles to the pan
Stir to coat with sauce.
Tips for success/ variations:
This recipe is delicious just as it is, however, there are some adjustments you can make if you don’t have a specific ingredient or you want to try something a little different. Here are some ideas.
You can buy dried egg noodles in a bag, or you can make homemade egg noodles with just eggs, flour, and a little salt. Another option is to buy frozen egg noodles in the freezer section of your grocery store.
This beef and noodles dish are made in a large pan, however, it would do great in a slow cooker or pressure cooker as well since the beef needs to be cooked for a while to break down and become tender.
Adding some mushrooms would make this more like beef stroganoff, but if you or your kids don’t like them, this is a great alternative.
If you can’t find beef broth, you can use beef stock instead. Either one does great with this recipe. Beef broth is made with the meat still on the bones and beef stock is made with cleaned bones. There is a slight flavor difference between the two. Beef stock will generally be richer but both have great flavor.
How to store Beef and Noodles
If possible, store the beef separately from the egg noodles to prevent them from getting mushy. You can keep them each in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you’ve already mixed them together, no worries! You can still store them in the fridge and they’ll be delicious reheated in the microwave.
To freeze it, be sure to freeze the beef and noodles separately and make new noodles when you’re ready to eat it. Thaw it in the fridge or defrost the meat using the defrost setting on the microwave.
How do you thicken beef and noodles?
This recipe uses a packet of brown gravy which already has thickening agents, however, if you want to thicken it a little more, add one tablespoon of cornstarch or flour to the gravy and whisk until it’s well combined. Add more one tablespoon at a time until it’s thick enough for you.
Should noodles be cooked before adding to soup?
Yes, cook the noodles before adding them at the end of the beef and broth cooking time. Egg noodles cook very quickly and would fall apart if you added them at the beginning.
How can I make my beef stew more flavorful?
If you’d like to add some additional flavors, you can use chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, or chopped parsley.
- 1 pound round steak, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 package brown gravy mix
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups beef broth
- 4 ounces egg noodles, prepared
- Whisk together the brown gravy mix and water until well combined.
- Add the beef broth and stir to mix.
- Heat a large skillet over medium low heat.
- Add the meat and top with the gravy mixture.
- Stir to mix.
- Bring the gravy to a simmer, then cover the pan and reduce heat to low.
- Cook until the meat is tender, around one hour, stirring occasionally.
- When ready to serve, add the egg noodles to the pan and stir to coat with sauce.
Don’t miss these other delicious Beef & Noodles Recipes:
Beef Noodles Casserole from Dinner at the Zoo.
Saucy Ground Beef & Noodles from Betty Crocker.
Homemade Hamburger Helper from Cincy Shopper.