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Old Fashioned Beef and Noodles

Old fashioned beef and noodles is such and easy recipe! Beef cooks in the slow cooker for hours until it's tender and full of flavor. Quickly cook the noodles and you're good to go.
Course Main Dish - Beef
Cuisine American - Vintage
Keyword back to school, beef, crockpot, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 639kcal
Author Marye Audet-White



  • 2 1/2 pounds chuck roast I prefer Certified Angus Beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 2 cups beef stock divided use
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 guijillo chile pepper dried - optional
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 ounces egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup butter divided use
  • Parsley


  • Season both sides of chuck roast with salt & pepper, rubbing it in gently.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet until popping.
  • Add roast.
  • Brown for 3 minutes, turn, and brown the other side.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Oil the inside of your slow cooker.
  • Add the onion, celery, and garlic.
  • Transfer the roast to the slow cooker.
  • Pour 1 cup of the beef broth into the cooker.
  • Add the guijillo pepper if you are using it.
  • Cover crock pot and cook on low for 8 - 10 hours.
  • Remove the celery and shred the meat with two forks about 30 minutes before cooking time is over.
  • Replace the cover to the slow cooker.
  • About 10 minutes before you are ready to serve dinner bring 2 cups of water and the remaining beef broth to a boil in a large pot.
  • Add the 1/4 cup butter and the egg noodles.
  • Cook until tender.
  • Drain and stir in the remaining butter.
  • Serve the beef over the noodles.
  • Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Instant Pot

  • Turn the instant pot on high and add the oil.
  • Cube the beef and season it as in the recipe. When the oil is hot add half of the beef cubes to the pot and sear on each side.
  • Remove the beef from the pot to a large plate. Repeat the process with the rest of the seasoned beef cubes and then remove them to the plate.
  • Add about 1/4 Cup of the beef broth to the instant pot and use a wooden spatula to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Turn the Instant Pot off.
  • Add the beef, onion, garlic, celery, and guijillo pepper to the instant pot. Place the lid on the pot and set the valve to seal.
  • Cook on manual high pressure for 45 minutes. When the timer is up, allow the instant pot to natural pressure release - don't open the seal!!- for 10 minutes. Once 10 minutes is up, open the seal to manually release any pressure that is left.Cook the noodles as directed in the recipe.

Stove Top Instructions

  • Season the meat as in the recipe then brown it in the oil in a Dutch oven.
  • Add the broth, onion, celery, guijillo chile, and garlic. Simmer, covered, on low heat for about 1-1/2 hours on top of the stove.
  • Cook the noodles as directed in the recipe.


You can thicken the gravy by pouring it into a saucepan and stirring in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch that has been blended with 1/4 cup cold water. Simmer until thick.
More Tips 
  • Browning the meat gives it a more robust flavor and adds some texture. You can skip that step if you must but I don't recommend it. Without the browning step the recipe is pretty average. Once you brown that beef though - WOW.
  • I add part of the beef broth to the water I cook the egg noodles in because it gives them that "second day" flavor. You know, things like this are always better on the second day because they've had time for the flavors to blend? Well this speeds that process up.
  • It's not in the recipe but add a whole carrot to the meat while it's cooking and fish it out (or mash it into the gravy) before serving. The carrot adds sweetness and a little nutritional boost to the dish.


Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 775mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4.2mg