Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

Using your Slow Cooker is one of the easiest and quickest ways to have dinner ready in a snap. I don’t use my Slow Cooker near enough, and when I do I’m always reminder how super easy it is.

You are going to love today’s recipe to help with your Back to School routine. This Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles Recipe has only 4 ingredients – you heard that right! It takes less than 5 minutes to toss together in the Slow Cooker and about 10 minutes to boil the noodles to serve with it.

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This recipe is so simple you won’t believe it. Stew Meat is combined with French Onion Soup and Cream of Celery Soup, that’s it, my friends!  You can also make this meal ahead, and store in the fridge over night or freeze up to 1 month.

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The Beef can be served with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes to complete the dish. Toss a bag of vegetables in the microwave while the noodles are cooking and you have dinner on the table in about 15 minutes.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles
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Serves: Serves 4-5
  • 1½ pounds stew meat, cubed
  • 1 (10½ oz) can French Onion Soup
  • 1 (10½ oz) can Cream of Celery Soup
  • Noodles,Rice or Mashed Potatoes to serve on the side
  1. Stir together beef and soups in slow cooker
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  3. Serve with noodles,rice or mashed potatoes

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  1. This looks great! So simple and delicious.

  2. Is there a substitute I could use for the French onion soup? The hubby and I dislike onion in any form.

  3. This recipe is delicious – I’m making it for Christmas Day!

  4. Is the meat for this recipe already cooked or does the cook time include the time it takes for the meat to cook. I have some canned stew meat I want to use but am unsure if I should cook it for that long if the meat is already fully cooked.

  5. Could I substitute the cream of celery soup with cream of mushroom

    • Hi Crystal, sure that would be fine, it will have a different taste, but I think it would be great.
      Happy Cooking!

    • Darlene A says

      I made it with cream of celery the first time and cream of mushroom the second time. I much prefer the cream of mushroom. Just add some pepper.

  6. Tried this tonight and have to say, it was not the greatest. Never has French onion soup before and am definitely not a fan. : (

  7. Do you mix water with the cream of celery soup and then add it? Or put it in right out of the can? Mine looks lighter than yours looks in the picture does the color darken as it cooks?

    • Hi Stacy, no water, just the 3 ingredients plus noodles, and yes it will darken a bit. It might also be the light that we shot the photo in.
      Happy Cooking!

  8. I didn’t have a can of French onion soup. Used dried French onion soup mix and enough water to equal a can. Turned out great. Thank you!

  9. This was great but I used 2 cans of cream of mushroom and 1 can french onion to have plenty of gravy.

  10. Can I brown beef first in a pan before adding to slow cooker

  11. I’m makeing this for the 2nd time in two weeks . It is so yummy and couldn’t be easier . I threw some baby carrots in with it to get a veggie in and served it over mashed potatoes. Great filling meal for under $10.00

  12. I put all this in the crockpot and saw you said in the comments to brown the meat first. I did just threw the raw meat in the crockpot. Will is turn out ok?

  13. I made this for dinner today with stir fry beef from walmart and added chopped red potatoes, baby carrots, and peas. Delicious!!!

  14. Just put this in the crock-pot….looks delicious!

  15. Made this for my family tonight and it was a big, big hit. Roasted some carrots and green beans to go with it. Amazing. Thank you.

  16. Did you have to brown the beef first? I just threw everything in and I just read the comments about browning the meat first.

  17. I made this for my boyfriend last night and it was AMAZING! We were fighting over the leftovers to take to work today! I was worried the meat would be tough but after the six hours it was melt in your mouth! I will definitely be making this often! Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe!

  18. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

  19. Sounds good and so simple! Pinning this for later.

  20. Oh my goodness gracious, this looks divine!!!! I especially your food-tography 🙂 totally pinning, have a great day! xo

  21. We love this recipe! My hubby requested it for his birthday dinner next week. We just got a pressure cooker. Any idea how to make it in there?

  22. Donna Frerichs says

    Wow, wasn’t sure how this would work. Turned out great! Served over mashed potatoes, the pot was locked clean. Definitely making this again! So easy too.

  23. Hi. .I made this for dinner and it was a big hit! I did tweak the recipe a little…I added a couple of carrots and celery and one potato. I don’t know if those made the gravy too thin. I fixed that by adding a little corn starch. I will add this to my list of favorites! Thanks

  24. I doubled the recipe and it seems a little runny. Anything I can do to thicken the broth?

    • Hi Shae, to thicken you can add a small amount (1-2 teaspoons) of cornstarch to water or broth and whisk it, then add it to the beef combination.

    • Michael Dunham says

      I love this recipe, but for a thicker gravy I always dredge the beef in flour, brown it and then add some of the liquid (whichever) you like to de-glaze the pan before adding it to the slow cooker. Definitely helps with thickening.

  25. made it for the first time in my dutch oven. loved it.

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