Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy & Noodles

One of the hardest parts of this job, for me, is naming my recipes! I can’t tell you how many times my husband comes home from work and asks me “So what is that you’re making?” My reply is generally a blank stare, interrupted by an occasional blink of my eyes. (There’s no end to my creative talent friends!)

Which takes us to this new dish and it’s overwhelmingly creative name…Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy and Noodles. I really stretched the ol’ gray matter on this one! I’ll be here all week if ya need my talents.

I wanted a quick, comforting Sunday Supper and this hearty meaty dish is what we ended up with. I love the simplicity of this dish and its robust flavors. It’s not cluttered with a lot of ingredients or fan fare.

To make this dish start by adding one cup of flour, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper in a large zip lock bag. Shake it all up.

TIP: I’m a huge fan of Costco Meats. I just feel you’re getting amazing quality for the price. One of my favorite things to buy is their huge package of stew beef.  I can bring it home and break it down easily into smaller quantities for the freezer. I used about 2 lbs to 2.5 lbs of  stew meat. Rinse it off. This will allow the flour to stick to it better.

Then throw it in the bag and shake, shake, shake. (Ya may want to put a little music on for this part and just have a good ol’ time! Remember we’re not killing it. Just coating it!) 

Place 2 – 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Preheat the oil. You’re goingt to quickly sear the meat to get a nice golden crisp on the outside.

Turn the meat over and cook on the other side. The meat will still be raw inside. That’s okay. Remember this is all going in the Crock Pot!

Sooooo…ya might be asking “Why are we coating, and essentially frying, the beef before we dump it into the Slow Cooker?”  That’s a GREAT question! The reason for that is two fold…one it will hold the flavor in the meat and two it is going to act as our “thickening” agent for the “gravy” portion of this meal!

Once you have both sides seared scoot it all into the Slow Cooker. Add 2 cups of Beef Broth, 1 cup of water, and 1/2 cup of Merlot or Red Cooking Wine. (Note: If you do not have cooking wine you can substitute additional water or beef broth.) Set it to high and let it cook for about 4 hours. Give it a little “check” at two hours and gently stir it if you are available to do that. If not…it’s not a big deal.

After 4 hours all that liquid will be a nice thick creamy gravy! It’s like magic! Give it a good stir making sure to scrape up the “bits” from the bottom of the crock pot.

Time to make the Parmesan Noodles!

Fill a large pot with water and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Add one package of Wide Egg Noodles. Cook per package instructions. I boiled mine for about 10 minutes.  Drain.

In a large bowl add 4 Tablespoons of real butter and 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese. Toss to coat.

On a large platter or deep serving bowl, plate the Noodles. Spoon the Rich Creamy Beefy Gravy over the top and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley…or if you’re like me and have no parsley, you fake it and use “Cilantro”, and praise the herb God’s who made them look so much a like! (Hey! Food photography is a lot like baby photography…ya gotta take the shot when it’s ready!)

Look at that beautiful “Parsley”!  lol

A little side note…if your gravy is a little thicker than you like …you can thin it out by adding a little bit of water while the Beef and Gravy is still in the crock pot and stirring until you have the consistency you like.

The birds at this Nest love thick gravy so I left mine thick.

This is true down home “comfort food” The noodles are a yummy side dish just the way they are, but top them with that Rich Beefy Gravy and…Swoooon! They are scrumptious!

As Julia would say….”Bon Appetit”

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Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy & Noodles
Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy & Noodles
Norine Rogers

Tender buttery Parmesan Noodles are covered in a slow cooked Beefy Gravy and garnished with fresh parsley for an amazing comforting dinner dish.


  • 2 - 2.5 lbs of Beef Chunks
  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of Merlot or any red cooking wine
  • 1 package wide egg noodles
  • 4 Tablespoons real butter
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

  1. In a large Zip Lock bag place 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp coarse black pepper. Shake well to mix.
  2. Rinse Beef chunks.
  3. Place rinsed beef chunks in the zip lock bag with the flour mixture and shake to to coat.
  4. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Allow to preheat.
  5. Add coated chunks of beef into the hot oil and sear on each side until golden brown. Note: Meat will still be red in the center.
  6. Place seared meat into your slow cooker.
  7. Add 2 cups of beef broth, 1 cup of water, and 1/2 cup Merlot. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Stirring once or twice during cooking if possible.
  8. Fill a large pot with water and 1 tsp of salt. Bring to a boil.
  9. Add wide egg noodles and cook per package instructions or until tender.
  10. Drain.
  11. Place cooked, drained noodles in a large bowl. Mix with 4 Tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan Cheese.
  12. Spoon Beefy Gravy over noodles and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

If you do not want to use cooking wine substitute with additional water or beef broth.

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes ; Yield: 6 servings
http://www.norinesnest.com/slow-cooker-beefy-gravy-noodles/

11 COMMENTS

  1. Laura | 31st Aug 17

    Oh baby! I am making that for Sundays dinner. I dont even care that its 93 freaking degrres outside, we need some beef gravy and noodles!! Thank goodness gor “The almighty slow cooker”

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 31st Aug 17

      Laura,
      You are making my week girl! I completely agree…the slow cooker is a summer saver! It’s been super hot here too this week…and HUMID! Me + Humidity= Grrrrrrrr! 😉 lol My family loved this simple dish! It’s nothing fancy…just good ol’ meat and gravy! Enjoy!
      Norine

  2. Mary | 4th Sep 17

    Thanks for the wonderful share at Weekend Potluck, Norine! This is perfect for back to school and crisp fall evenings ahead – comfort food at it’s best! We hope to see you again this Friday! Have a great week!

  3. Mary | 4th Sep 17

    Thanks for the wonderful share at Weekend Potluck, Norine! This is perfect for back to school and crisp fall evenings ahead – comfort food at its best! We hope to see you again this Friday! Have a great week!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 5th Sep 17

      Hi Mary!
      Thank you SO much! I will be there this Friday. I wouldn’t miss a Weekend Pot Luck! Sure appreciate you gals and all you do to host such an awesome party! 😉

  4. Maria | 8th Sep 17

    Hello Norine, I’m new to this sight. Thiis is a recipe that I’m going to be making this coming week. It looks delicious and sounds easy to prepare. Thank you for posting it. I’m from Canada, and it’s been rather chilly up here, so your recipe is quite appreciated.

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 8th Sep 17

      Hi Maria!
      Thank you for your sweet comments and for visiting with me! I love to hear from my Nesting friends. Our middle son lived in Edmonton for a few years and loved it up there. It did say it was pretty darn cold though! Hope the peeps at your Nest love this recipe as much as mine did. It’s a great warm, comforting dish.
      Have a GREAT weekend! Stay warm.
      ~Norine

  5. Sandra Hunter | 13th Sep 17

    Beef and Noodles on a Sunday evening? Wonderful idea!

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 14th Sep 17

      Thanks! It was such a quick and easy dinner…which is what I like on the weekends! 😉 Thanks for visiting with me. Have a GREAT weekend!!!
      Happy Nesting…
      Norine

  6. Heather | 15th Sep 17

    Which cut(s) of beef do you recommend?

    • norine@norinesnest.com | 17th Sep 17

      Hi Heather!
      I use the stew beef from Costco which is a chuck roast cut into cubes. The cubes are about 2 inches in diameter. Hope that helps. Happy Cooking…you’ll love this dish. 😉
      Norine

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