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This delicious Beef Noodles recipe is made with the most tender beef chunks, a thick, savory sauce, and hearty egg noodles. An easy-to-make comfort food dish for any occasion!
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Table of Contents
  1. Beef Noodles Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additons
  3. How To Make This Beef Noodles Recipe
  4. How To Serve This Beef With Egg Noodles Recipe
  5. When To Serve
  6. How To Store Leftover Beef and Noodle Recipe
  7. Why This Recipe For Beef Noodles Is The Best
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Our Beef Noodles recipe is an inviting blend of tender beef, flavorful sauce, and yummy egg noodles, promising a delicious dinner for busy weeknights or casual get-togethers. 

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Kids and adults alike will rush to the table for this tasty, slow-roasted meal, which is every bit as easy to make as it is rich and tender. Chunks of beef are well-seasoned and cooked until they fall apart with a fork—absolute perfection!

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Beef Noodles Ingredients

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This beef and egg noodles recipe is comfort food at its best. From succulent chuck roast to aromatic herbs, all tossed with hearty egg noodles, each ingredient helps create this simple yet impressive dish packed with delicious flavors.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs chuck roast, cut into 1 ½ – 2 inch cubes, at room temperature and patted dry with a paper towel
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (1 tablespoon to cook the onions and 2 tablespoons to glaze the sauce)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 ½ cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 ounces (half a 12-ounce bag) wide egg noodles, cooked and drained according to package directions
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Substitutions and Additons

This flavorful dinner recipe is a great option for a warm and cozy family dinner. There are a number of ways you can customize the dish to suit your tastes and use ingredients you have on hand.

CHUCK ROAST: You can substitute chuck roast with sirloin, stew meat, London broil, or round steak. These cuts are leaner, however, so they may not become as tender as chuck when slow-cooked.

BUTTER: To make the dish dairy-free, replace the butter with olive oil or dairy-free margarine. For a richer flavor, use ghee or clarified butter instead. To give the dish a sophisticated flavor, add a splash of white wine to the butter. This will enhance the depth of the sauce’s flavor.

YELLOW ONION: If you prefer a milder onion flavor, you can use sweet onions or shallots instead of yellow onions. For a pop of color and sweetness, try adding thinly sliced bell peppers or carrots along with the onions.

MINCED GARLIC: Fresh garlic is always a good idea, but for convenience, you can use jarred minced garlic, too. In a pinch, garlic powder can be a substitute for fresh minced garlic. Use about ½ teaspoon of garlic powder instead, if necessary.

BEEF STOCK: It’s fine to substitute the beef stock with beef broth. To make the dish vegetarian or vegan-friendly, substitute beef stock with vegetable broth. You can enhance the flavor of the vegetable stock by adding a splash of dark soy sauce, a little bit of Worcestershire sauce, and a bit of miso paste.

DRIED THYME: Replace the dried thyme with 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme for extra flavor. You can also replace the thyme with other complementary herbs you enjoy. Rosemary, oregano, or Italian seasoning blends can enhance the flavor of the beef. Fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, or basil can also brighten up the dish with their vibrant flavors.

EGG NOODLES: We really love egg noodles for this recipe, but you can swap out wide egg noodles for other pasta shapes like fettuccine, pappardelle, or spaghetti for a different texture. You can even use ramen noodles if you’d like. For a low-carb option, try using rice noodles, spiralized zucchini, or spaghetti squash instead. Whatever type of noodles you use, it will still taste great.

FRESH PARSLEY: Garnish the dish with chopped green onions, chives, or cilantro for a burst of freshness and color. A sprinkle of sesame seeds can add a pleasant crunch, while crushed red pepper flakes can add a subtle hint of heat to the finished dish. It’s also fine to omit the garnish altogether.

How To Make This Beef Noodles Recipe

It’s easier than you think to make this restaurant-quality, pan-roasted dinner. This hearty and flavorful recipe for beef noodles will be a new family favorite you’ll want to make time and time again.

STEP ONE: Prepare your ingredients before you begin cooking this recipe. You’ll need to cut the steak into small pieces, about 1-1.5 inch cubes. Trim away any silver skin or excess fat. Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and be sure the remaining ingredients are measured and ready to add to the skillet.


Pat your beef dry with paper towels before adding it to the skillet. This will give your steak a beautiful sear and help it cook up even more tender.

STEP TWO: Set a large skillet with a lid on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and allow it to heat up.

STEP THREE: Add the chuck roast cubes in a single layer and allow them to sear for a few minutes. After 2-3 minutes, flip the beef. Repeat until all of the sides of the beef are seared.


You don’t want to cook the beef all the way through. You just want each piece to develop a beautiful, deep golden sear on the outer edges.

chuck roast cooked on a skillet

STEP FOUR: Add the butter, diced onion, and minced garlic. Allow it to cook until the onions are softened and the garlic is fragrant. Stir lightly from time to time.

STEP FIVE: To the hot skillet, add the beef stock, dried thyme, bay leaf, and salt & black pepper. Allow the liquid to come to a boil, then cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce the heat to medium-low.

beef stock, dried thyme, bay leaf, and salt & black pepper added to a skillet

STEP SIX: Allow the chuck roast and sauce to cook for 1 ½ – 2 hours. Let the beef become tender, until it can be easily broken apart with a fork.

STEP SEVEN: Remove the lid from the skillet and discard the bay leaf (and any other fresh herbs you may have added). 

STEP EIGHT: Whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl to create a slurry. This will help to thicken the sauce for the beef and noodles. Slowly add the cornstarch slurry mixture to the sauce while whisking until it’s fully incorporated.

STEP NINE: Turn the heat up to medium and let the sauce bubble and thicken for 6-8 minutes. The sauce will reduce as it simmers. Remove from the heat and add two tablespoons of butter. Stir it into the sauce to give it a beautifully rich flavor, smooth texture, and glossy finish.

STEP TEN: Add the cooked noodles to the skillet and toss them gently to coat them in the sauce.


Start cooking the noodles when in the last 15 minutes of cooking the sauce. If the beef needs to cook a bit longer for your noodles to finish boiling, don’t worry! The beef can handle some extra cooking time.

cooked noodles added to the beef and sauce

STEP ELEVEN: Garnish the finished noodles and beef with fresh parsley and serve hot.

How To Serve This Beef With Egg Noodles Recipe

Now that your easy beef and noodle recipe is ready, it’s time to think about how to serve it up for a comforting dining experience. Whether you’re looking for classic sides or creative twists, we’ve got you covered.

Serve your beef tips and noodles recipe alongside a crisp, refreshing salad tossed with a flavorful dressing. We think a fresh cucumber and tomato salad is a great choice! For a more traditional option, go with a Caesar salad, or make our copycat Olive Garden salad for an impressive side dish option. 

A side of roasted vegetables makes a colorful and flavorful option while making this a more complete meal. 

You can never go wrong serving pasta with a side of garlic bread. For an extra special treat, try a pull-apart garlic loaf. Yum!

To add a twist to the recipe, turn it into a stir-fry by adding in fresh veggies like bell peppers, snap peas, and broccoli florets. About 15 minutes before the beef is finished, saute the veggies in a separate pan and add them in along with the noodles.

We think this beef & noodle recipe pairs beautifully with a glass of Merlot of Pinot Noir. A pitcher of sangrias will make serving this easy dish feel like an extra special dinner.

When To Serve

Finding the perfect dish to serve can elevate any occasion, whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a festive gathering with friends. With its comforting flavors and versatility, our noodles with beef recipe is sure to be a hit, no matter the event.

Beef Noodles is perfect for family dinner night. It makes the coziest dish that’s easy for everyone to enjoy, even children. Gather around the table with loved ones and savor each comforting bite of this classic dish.

Impress your friends with this delicious dinner. Whether it’s game day, a holiday, or a birthday celebration, everyone will be sure to enjoy (and likely ask you for the recipe!).

Be the star of the potluck party by bringing a steaming pot of Beef Noodles to share with friends and neighbors. With its crowd-pleasing appeal and comforting flavors, this dish is sure to be a standout from the other dishes.

Impress your special someone with a romantic dinner at home featuring our easy beef noodle recipe. The casual conversation will easily flow as you enjoy a candlelit comfort food meal together.

How To Store Leftover Beef and Noodle Recipe

Knowing how to properly store your leftover homemade beef and noodles helps ensure you can enjoy this delicious dish again the next day. In fact, the sauce might even taste better after the flavors have melded together!

MAKE AHEAD: You can make the beef and sauce ahead of time and store in the fridge in an airtight container. However, we suggest you make this dish fresh before serving. 

IN THE FRIDGE: Allow your leftovers to cook completely before storing in the fridge. If you know ahead of time you’ll have leftovers, you may want to keep the sauce and noodles separated. Unfortunately, the egg noodles will continue to become softer as they sit in the sauce, so storing them separately is ideal. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Again, if you plan to freeze your leftovers, we recommend you store the noodles and the beef and sauce separately. Place them in separate containers and freeze for up to 2 months. You can also make egg noodles fresh (recommended) when you’re ready to serve this meal again. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

HOW TO REHEAT: Leftovers can be rewarmed in a skillet over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through. If your beef and noodles are separated, heat the beef first, then add the noodles to heat through. If the sauce has thickened too much, you might need to add a splash of water or additional broth to help return it to its ideal consistency.

Why This Recipe For Beef Noodles Is The Best

From its comforting aroma to its satisfying flavors, this beef and egg noodle recipe embodies everything we love about home-cooked meals.

Reasons Why We Love This Recipe:

  • Comforting and Homey: There’s something exceptionally comforting about a bowl of Beef Noodles that brings a sense of warmth and nostalgia to every bite. Whether it’s a chilly evening or a busy weeknight, this dish wraps you in a cozy hug, just like the best homecooked meals do.
  • Simple Yet Flavorful: Despite its simplicity, our Beef Noodles recipe packs plenty of yummy flavor. From the rich, savory beef to the herb-infused sauce, every element of this dish works together to make a memorable dish.
  • Family-Friendly and Crowd-Pleasing: Whether you’re cooking for your whole family or hosting a gathering with friends, Beef Noodles is always a crowd-pleaser. Its familiar flavors and hearty portions make it a hit with both kids and adults alike, guaranteeing everyone will leave the table with a full belly and a smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make my own egg noodles for this recipe?

Yes! Homemade egg noodles will work very well in this recipe and add to the comforting nature of the dish.

Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can adapt this recipe to make slow cooker beef noodles. Sear the beef cubes in a skillet first to develop flavor, then transfer them to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the beef is tender. 

What can I serve with Beef Noodles?

Beef Noodles pair well with a variety of side dishes such as roasted vegetables, garlic bread, or a simple side salad. Choose comfort food side dishes that everyone loves to complement the simple nature of this dish.

Can I customize the seasonings in this recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste preferences. Add more or less salt, pepper, or herbs according to your liking. You can also use fresh herbs instead of dried for even more flavor.

How do I know when the beef is done cooking?

The beef is done cooking when it is tender enough to be easily shredded with a fork. You should be able to pierce the meat easily without resistance. If you’re not sure, taste a small piece to ensure it’s fork-tender.

Can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?

Yes, you can easily adapt this recipe to be vegetarian or vegan by substituting the beef with tofu, mushrooms, or meat alternatives, and using vegetable broth instead of beef stock. While you may want the sauce to simmer for a while to thicken and allow the flavors to develop, you won’t need to cook the meat alternative as long.

Our Beef Noodles recipe is a new family favorite, with tender chunks of beef simmered in a savory sauce and served over velvety egg noodles. Its versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of occasions, from cozy family dinners to celebratory gatherings with friends. Whether you’re craving a comforting meal on a chilly evening or looking for a crowd-pleasing dish to impress guests, our Beef Noodles recipe is sure to delight.

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This delicious Beef Noodles recipe is made with the most tender beef chunks, a thick, savory sauce, and hearty egg noodles. An easy-to-make comfort food dish for any occasion!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pound chuck roast (cut into 1 ½ – 2 inch cubes, at room temperature and patted dry with a paper towel)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided (1 tablespoon to cook the onions and 2 tablespoons to glaze the sauce)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 ½ cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 ounces wide egg noodles, cooked and drained according to package directions (half a 12 ounce bag)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • In a large heavy duty skillet (12 inches wide by 2-3 inches deep) over medium-high heat add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the chuck roast cubes.
  • Brown the chuck roast cubes on all sides. This should take 10-12 minutes. You are not looking to cook the beef all the way through, only to get a beautiful deep sear to the outer edges.
  • To the skillet add the unsalted butter, diced yellow onion and minced garlic. Cook for another 1-2 minutes or until the onions are softened and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the beef stock, salt, black pepper, dried thyme and bay leaf to the skillet. Bring the liquids to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Allow the chuck roast pieces to cook, and get tender, for 1 ½ – 2 hours or until the beef can easily be broken apart with a fork.
  • Remove the lid to the skillet then remove, and discard, the bay leaf from the liquids.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the water and cornstarch to create a slurry to thicken the sauce for the beef and noodles. Pour the slurry mixture into the skillet with the hot liquids and stir until fully incorporated.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and allow the sauce to bubble and reduce as it thickens for 6-8 minutes. Remove from the heat and finish the sauce by stirring in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. This helps to give the sauce a beautiful glaze and smoothness.
  • Add the cooked and drained wide egg noodles to the skillet and toss to coat the noodles with the beef and sauce.
  • Garnish with the chopped fresh parsley and serve.


  • Start cooking your wide egg noodles during the last 15 minutes of cook time for your chuck roast. Do not worry if your beef cooks a little longer, as it can handle the longer cooking times. It will continue to tenderize as it simmers in the beef stock.
  • Some substitutions for the chuck roast would be stew meat, london broil, top or bottom round roast. Be sure to trim any excess fat or silver skin from the beef when cutting it into small cubes for cooking.
  • You can use fresh thyme for the dried thyme in this recipe. You will use about 4-5 springs and will just add the whole sprigs to the stock when cooking. Remember to pull out the sprigs, along with the bay leaf, before adding the cornstarch slurry. 
  • Make sure to pat your chuck roast cubes dry really well before adding them to the hot skillet. This will help to get a nice golden sear to the pieces. Making sure that the beef is at room temperature will also help to keep any added moisture from being in the skillet when trying to sear the beef.


Calories: 753kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Sodium: 1077mg | Potassium: 1205mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 6mg
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