Rich Beefy Noodles with a sprig of rosemary on top
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Rich Beefy Noodles A Comforting Slow Food Dinner Recipe.

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Indulge in the warm comfort of our Rich, Beefy Noodles. This slow-cooked stove-top dinner recipe promises deep, savory flavors. Tender beef stew meat is seared, sealed in its juices, and then perfectly seasoned with paprika and caraway seeds and left to simmer gently for two hours, creating a luxurious, thickened sauce. The finishing touch of creamy sour cream in the mix adds a velvety texture to the sauce. Spoon this rich, beefy goodness over egg noodles for a hearty dish that’s the best comfort food. Your whole family will love it!

Often, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we lose track of making a meal that’s considered slow food. Slow food, as it implies, requires more time and careful planning. Although this delicious recipe uses a few simple ingredients, it’s crucial to have all the necessary ingredients to achieve the rich flavor of this dish, which is reminiscent of beef stroganoff. 

The beef creates a savory broth thickened by the flour you dredge it in before searing. Brilliant! We can also take time away from the stove to read and relax while those tender chunks of beef work their magic in the stew pot. The flavor that stew meat imparts is incomparable. It always takes me back to being at home with one of my mom’s giant bowls of wintery stew. 

Looking for more great ways to use up stew meat? Our Irish stew with steamed dumpling is a family favorite. 

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    a close up of a forkful of the rich beef and noodle

    Why You Will Love This Savory Beef Noodle Dinner

    Simple Ingredients: This recipe uses easy-to-find, everyday ingredients like beef stew meat, red onions, and egg noodles, making it a convenient option for any home cook.

    Flavorful: The combination of paprika, caraway seeds, and Worcestershire sauce infuses the dish with deep, savory flavors that develop beautifully over the slow cooking process.

    Comfort Food: The rich, thickened beef sauce served over tender egg noodles creates a hearty, satisfying meal perfect for cozy, comforting dinners.

    Let’s Get That Stock Pot On The Stove Top

    Begin by choosing the best stew meat. The rich broth entirely depends on that. I used stew meat from Chuck, known for its rich flavor. When picking a package of meat, be aware that the more white fat present, the more oil/grease will be released into the broth. This is especially important if you are watching your diet for any reason. 

    Next, you will want to gather the spices and prep the onion for the stew pot. Remember that keeping your ingredients nearby will ensure we can keep working with the burner without over-browning the meat. 

    We are using a stock pot to make the broth, but you can also use a Dutch Oven. I just find it easier not to worry about possible splashing when stirring, but honestly, as long as it can hold the ingredients and leave enough room for the water, you’re good. So, heat the pot over high heat and add the oil because we will be searing the stew meat. 

    In a bowl, add the stewed meat and flour. Toss to coat each piece thoroughly. Now, this is important. You don’t want all the extra flour you use for dredging to be dumped into the stock pot with the hot oil. I use tongs to lift and shake each piece of meat so that excess falls off before adding to the hot oil.

    Only one layer of the stew meat should be added at a time so that they sear and there is room to roll them around. Working in batches if needed – Remove the seared pieces of meat and replace them with raw, then return all meat to the pot when done. 

    I just set the seared pieces of meat on a plate nearby because the process of searing moves fast once the oil is hot. NOTE: If you see that the flour has soaked up all the hot oil, don’t be shy about adding more to keep the meat from sticking. You will have some stick to the bottom of the pot. That sticky mess in the bottom is known as fond. It’s gold for this recipe and aids in creating the sauce. 

    The fond is caramelized bits of flour, fat, and moisture from what’s cooking. In this case, beef. When you add the water later, you should be sure to add a bit to deglaze the pan first. But for now, stay focused. All of the meat has been returned to the pot. We are going to add in the spices now. So measure and add the salt, paprika, caraway seeds, and black pepper. Stir that into the meat, then add the sliced onion you prepped earlier. 

    Now for the last bit before we put the lid on and walk away. Reduce the burner’s heat to medium-high and slowly add the water. Deglaze the pan with a wooden spoon, working around to lift the bits of fond that are stuck there. You can add the rest of the water and wait until it comes up to boil. Then, pop the lid on the pot and reduce to simmer. Walk away and enjoy your time. This pot is good for two hours!

    ​When you return to the kitchen, take the lid off and cook your noodles while they simmer. Measure the sour cream and stir it into the rich beef gravy. That’s a thickened sauce, and it smells divine.

    Drain the cooked noodles, spoon the rich, meaty sauce over them, and enjoy! I like serving this saucy meal with crusty bread to sop up the extra juice. 

    a blue and white plate with the beef and noodles topped with a sprig of rosemary a fork resting at the side


    Beef Stew Meat Chunks: Provide a hearty base, becoming tender and flavorful through slow cooking.

    Olive Oil: This neutral oil sears the meat and its higher smoke point.

    All-Purpose Flour: Coats the beef and acts as a thickener for the sauce, creating a rich, velvety texture.

    ​Salt: Enhances the natural flavors.

    Paprika: Adds a warm, smoky depth to the dish.

    Black Pepper: Contributes a subtle heat and complexity.

    Worcestershire Sauce: Infuses the sauce with a savory, umami-rich depth.

    Caraway Seeds: Introduce a unique, slightly sweet, and peppery flavor.

    Red Onion: Adds sweetness and depth, melting into the sauce as it cooks.

    Cold Water: Helps to create the sauce, melding all flavors together during the slow cooking.

    Sour Cream: Adds creaminess and tang, balancing the richness of the beef.

    Egg Noodles: Serve as the perfect base, absorbing the delicious, thickened beef sauce. I used No Yolks Egg Noodles

    a forkful of the beefy sauce above a plateful of the beef and noodles

    Substitutions And Add-Ins For This Comfort Food Dish

    Beef Stew Meat Chunks: Substitute with lamb chunks or pork shoulder for a different flavor profile.

    Olive Oil: Can be subbed out for any other neutral oil.

    All-Purpose Flour: Cornstarch or arrowroot powder can be used as gluten-free alternatives.

    Salt: Use sea salt or kosher salt, or try a low-sodium seasoning blend.

    Paprika: Achiote pepper or chili powder adds a different depth of flavor.

    Black Pepper: White pepper or cayenne pepper for a spicier kick.

    Worcestershire Sauce: Soy sauce or tamari can provide a similar umami taste.

    Caraway Seeds: Fennel seeds or cumin seeds offer a different aromatic twist.

    Red Onion: Yellow onions, shallots, or leeks can work well.

    Cold Water: Using broth works, too; however, remove salt or use reduced-sodium broth to avoid it becoming too salty.

    Sour Cream: For a tangy, creamy substitute, use Greek yogurt or crème fraîche. A cheaper option is to add a can of Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup. 

    Egg Noodles: Wide rice noodles or other types of noodles like pappardelle can be used for a variation in texture.

    Do you feel like tweaking this tasty recipe further, but not sure what would work? Here are some ideas; adding cooked mushrooms makes it more like stroganoff, and a generous amount of tomato paste adds depth, color, and slight flavor. Add some crunchy celery cut up near the end of the stewing so that it doesn’t become overly mushy for a crunchy texture. Add frozen green peas near the end of the simmering for a pop of fresh flavor and color. Remember to leave enough cooking time for whatever you add in to ensure the perfect meal. 

    the rich beefy sauce spooned over a plateful of egg noodles

    Expert Tips, Serving And Storing Suggestions For This Rich Beef Noodle Dinner.

    Tip #1: Rid Meat of Extra Flour: Shake off any excess flour from the beef chunks before searing to prevent burning and ensure a proper crust forms.

    Tip #2: Add Oil if Needed While Searing: Monitor the pan and add more oil to maintain a consistent sear and prevent sticking.

    Tip #3: Cook Egg Noodles Al Dente: Cook the egg noodles until tender but still slightly firm (al dente) before adding them to the beef sauce. This ensures they absorb the sauce’s flavors without becoming mushy during the final simmering.

    Next time you’re craving a comforting meal, consider this easy recipe for rich beefy noodles—it’s sure to become one of your favorite meals. For an alternate way to enjoy this hearty dish, serve the beef sauce over a pile of mashed potatoes. However you serve it with straightforward preparation, it’s perfect for leisurely dinners and meal prep. 

    Transfer the cooled food into an airtight container to store leftovers and refrigerate for 3-4 days. It’s easy to reheat on the stove or microwave; add a splash of water or broth to revive the sauce’s consistency.

    To make ahead and freeze, make just the beef sauce and allow it to cool fully. Freeze the beef sauce in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing excess air to prevent freezer burn. Store the sauce in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. Thaw the sauce in the fridge and reheat gently on the stove or microwave. Adjust consistency with a splash of water or broth as needed. 

    I’d love to hear your feedback! If you enjoyed this recipe for its rich flavors and easy preparation, please take a moment to rate and comment below. Your thoughts help others discover great meals like this one.

    Rich Beefy Noodles on a blue and white plate

    Rich Beefy Noodles A Comforting Slow Food

    Amber Bondar
    This slowly simmered beef noodle dish is a savory meaty comfort food your whole family will love. The simple ingredients cook to a thick rich meat sauce that is spooned over egg noodles. Spoon this rich beef sauce over mashed potatoes or rice for a different dinner idea. Make the beef sauce ahead and freeze for later! It's so simple yet flavorful.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 2 hours
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American, Canadian
    Servings 10


    • 2 Stock Pots
    • measuring cup
    • Tablespoon
    • Teaspoon
    • knife
    • Cutting board
    • mixing bowl
    • Tongs
    • Wooden Spoon


    • 2 lbs Beef Stew Meat Cut In 1" Pieces
    • 6 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
    • 2 tsp Salt
    • 1 tsp Paprika
    • 1 tsp Caraway Seeds
    • ½ tsp Black Pepper
    • 1 Lrg Red Onion Sliced
    • Cup Water
    • ½ Cup Sour Cream
    • 2 Pkgs No Yolks Egg Noodles 11 oz (340 grm) Packages
    • 6 Tbsp Olive Oil Add More As Needed


    • Prep the onion and set aside.
    • In a large stock pot heat the olive oil over high heat.
      6 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • In a bowl add the meat and the flour. Toss to coat.
      2 lbs Beef Stew Meat, 6 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
    • Use tongs to lift each piece of meat out of the flour dredging and shake before adding to the hot oil.
    • Laying only one layer of meat in the oil at a time sear the sides of the beef.
    • Stir the meat so that it's not burning as it sears.
    • Use tongs to remove the meat to a warming plate and continue until all beef is seared.
    • Return the meat to the pot and add the spices.
    • Stir the meat and spice to coat it and reduce burner temp to medium.
      2 tsp Salt, 1 tsp Paprika, 1 tsp Caraway Seeds, ½ tsp Black Pepper
    • Add the onion and then using a wooden spoon slowly begin adding the water. Stir the fond off the bottom of the pot as you add the water.
      1 Lrg Red Onion, 3½ Cup Water
    • Add remainder of the water and let it come back to a boil.
    • Put a lid over the pot and reduce the heat to simmer.
    • Let simmer for two hours.
    • Remove the lid from the pot and stir.
    • Start noodles in another pot on stove and cook al dente.
      2 Pkgs No Yolks Egg Noodles
    • While noodles cook measure and add the sour cream to meat sauce. Stirring well to incorporate.
      ½ Cup Sour Cream
    • Drain cooked noodles and spoon sauce directly over top to serve.
    • Serve while hot.


    NOTE: You can freeze just the sauce for up to two months in an airtight freezer container. Be sure to let it cool completely before covering and before freezing. 
    Keyword beef, egg noodles, slow cooked, stew beef, stove top

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