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Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy & Noodles

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Beefy gravy and noodles

Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy & Noodles is a delicious dinner with loads of big chunks of tender beef, a rich creamy gravy over egg noodles. It’s a fantastic dinner idea.

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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.

How To Make Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy & Noodles

To make this dish start by adding one cup of flour, ½ tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, ½ 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!) 

Chunks of beef being tossed in a bag with flour

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.

Chunks of beef in a skillet with olive oil.

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!

chunks of beef browned in a skillet

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 ½ 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.

adding brown beef with beef broth

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.

Slow cooked beef with gravy in slow cooker

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 ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese. Toss to coat.

Egg Noodles with butter and Parmesan Cheese

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!)

Beef and gravy over Parmesan Egg Noodles

Look at that beautiful “Parsley”!  lol

Beef and Gravy over Egg Noodles

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.

Egg Noodles with Beef and Gravy

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!

Egg Noodles with Beef and Gravy

As Julia would say….”Bon Appetit”

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe you may also enjoy these other Slow Cooker Recipes

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Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy & Noodles

Slow Cooker Beefy Gravy and Noodles

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 - 2.5 lbs of Beef Chunks
  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp coarse black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup of Merlot or any red cooking wine
  • 1 package wide egg noodles
  • 4 Tablespoons real butter
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large Zip Lock bag place 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp garlic salt, ½ tsp onion powder, ½ 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 ½ 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 ¼ cup of grated Parmesan Cheese.
  12. Spoon Beefy Gravy over noodles and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Notes

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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1024Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 406mgSodium: 956mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 128g
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Lynnmp

Saturday 11th of November 2017

Made it tonight, used a pound of beef cubes. Meat was tough. Noodles were good, added frozen chopped broccoli.

norine@norinesnest.com

Saturday 11th of November 2017

Hi Lynn!

I'm not sure why your meat was tough? Mine was fall apart tender. It may have been the cut of beef used for the beef cubes? Mine was chuck roast from Costco cut into stew beef. I love the addition of chopped broccoli. Sorry about the meat being tough. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good week and come back to visit soon. Happy Nesting ~ Norine

Heather

Friday 15th of September 2017

Which cut(s) of beef do you recommend?

norine@norinesnest.com

Sunday 17th of September 2017

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

Sandra Hunter

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

Beef and Noodles on a Sunday evening? Wonderful idea!

norine@norinesnest.com

Thursday 14th of September 2017

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

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