Using your Slow Cooker is one of the easiest ways to have dinner ready with just a little advance preparation. I don’t use my Slow Cooker nearly enough. So, when I do, I’m constantly reminded of how super easy it is. The same situation is with the slow cooker beef and noodles recipe from today!

Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles

What to Know About the Recipe?

In many countries, noodles are a popular food. Noodles are popular because of their attributes like nutrition, flavor, convenience, affordable pricing, and prolonged shelf life. The egg noodles and soft shredded beef in this Crock Pot beef recipe are covered in a thick, creamy sauce. It’s simple comfort food for any night of the week. You can easily prepare this slow cooker Beef and Noodles recipe.

It’s like a cross between a rich, creamy, flavorful, stew and a soft pot roast—heaven in a slow cooker! To complete the dinner, serve with some grated cheese and crusty bread. It’s one of the greatest recipes to make in a slow cooker. Putting all of your ingredients in early in the day and watching them work their magic is simply so rewarding. You become more eager for dinner as the aroma of wonderful food enters the house. These Crock Pot Beef and Noodles are incredibly easy to cook, provide the most incredible taste and smell, and are, in all honestly, the ideal comfort food to have to wait for you when you get home.

It’s quite simple, works well for feeding a crowd, and yields fantastic leftovers. As the dish sets overnight, the flavors soften out, making it even more delicious than you recall! It’s a present that keeps on giving, to put it simply. Meat & Noodles in the Crockpot is one of those warm meals that has lasted the test of time. It features soft, buttery noodles & chunks of beef that have been slowly cooked until they just fall apart. It only needs a short amount of prep time and gently cooks to the ideal tenderness in your Crock Pot.

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles Recipe

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

This recipe is so simple you won’t believe it. Stew meat is combined with French Onion Soup, beef broth, and noodles-that’s it, my friends!  You can also make this meal ahead, and store it in the fridge overnight or freeze up to 1 month. It is that easy to work with it! It does not require cooking skills. So, just time and a desire to cook the best Beef and Noodles recipe that there is.

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Creamy Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles Recipe

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This easy, 4-ingredient slow-cooker recipe takes moments to prepare and is a delicious, nutritious meal to come home to at the end of your day.

  • Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x



2 1/2 pounds beef stew meat

4 cups beef broth*

1 package French Onion Soup mix *

16-oz. pkg. extra wide egg noodles 

salt and pepper to taste (I prefer 1/2 teaspoon salt and generous pepper in this recipe)

*Beef bouillon + water can be used as a substitute. 

*If you don’t have soup mix, you can substitute 1 cup onion (chopped), 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 Tablespoon dried parsley.


1. Place stew meat in a slow cooker on low setting for 6-8 hours.

2. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of broth and soup mix and stir to combine; pour over meat.

3. Add remaining broth to slow-cooker.

4. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours.

5. Cook noodles according to package directions. 

6. Ladle meat and sauce over drained noodles and enjoy! Serves 6 to 8.



1. Add 4 sliced carrots or 1 cup frozen peas to the pot to incorporate vegetables into the dish (or steam your favorite to serve on the side).

2. Add 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger (or 1-inch fresh grated), 3 garlic cloves to the mix and serve over rice or rice noodles for an Asian-inspired twist.

3. Add 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or worcestershire sauce to the broth to add depth of flavor.

4. Add 1 cup sliced mushrooms and a can of Cream of Mushroom Soup for a creamy, earthy variation.

  • Author: Chef
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6-8 hours
  • Category: comfort foods
  • Method: slow-cooker

Slow Cooker Recipes We Love

It will be an easy and quick recipe to make like any other Slow Cooker recipe. So, as is the case with the Slow Cooker Jambalaya   Slow Cooker Apple Cider Beef Stew, and Slow Cooker Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches.

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Beef and Noodles on plate - final product

How to Make Creamy Slow-Cooker Beef and Noodles

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. It is that simple and easy! Just perfect if you are looking for a dish to remind you of home. You can easily prepare this beef and noodles recipe, especially in this old-fashioned way. It will give you a journey back in time.

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What do you love about the Recipe?

  • A delicious comfort food recipe that everyone in the family will enjoy is Crock Pot Beef and Noodles.
  • This flavorful dish of egg noodles and ground beef is buttery.
  • Soon after you go home from work, dinner will be ready.
  • Low preparation time
  • Budget-friendly
  • the amazing taste of home-cooked food
  • hearty and filling
  • Easily accessible ingredients
  • a single pot that requires little cleanup

Health Benefits

Low Calorie:

The ingredients for noodles are salt, wheat flour, and water. According to several types of noodles, the nutrients differ. Moreover, noodles are low in calories and high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Muscle Growth:

Beef is naturally filled with protein, which supports and promotes muscle development. Niacin, riboflavin, vitamins B6 and B12, as well as iron, are four vital vitamins found in beef that help fight tiredness. Other vital vitamins and minerals are present in beef, supporting overall health and well-being. Protein supplies the amino acids required for muscle building, muscle growth, and the repair of tissue.

Essential for Fertility:

 Zinc helps maintain sex hormone levels in the blood, supports healthy reproductive and fertility processes, and supports normal cognitive function. Zinc promotes healthy hair, nails, and skin.

Great Dietary Source:

Iron, which helps your red blood cells transfer oxygen to the cells throughout your body, is an excellent dietary source found in beef. Adolescent girls, pregnant women, women who are bleeding, and endurance athletes need iron in particular since it is necessary for energy, cognitive function, and normal development and growth.

Boost Immunity:

 The body can more readily absorb zinc from red meat than it does from plant-based diets. Your body’s cellular metabolism depends heavily on zinc, which also supports a robust immune system that is essential for warding off infections. Additionally, zinc supports your hormonal and cognitive processes and promotes healthy skin and hair.

Reduce Heart Attack:

Noodles take time to digest; therefore one bowl keeps one full for longer periods. Because there is less fat accumulating along blood vessels, the blood may flow through them more easily and without blockage, which lowers the risk of heart attacks.

How to Store?

Store: Creamy Beef and Noodles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days after it has cooled.

Freeze: Cooled leftovers can be frozen for up to 6 months in an airtight plastic bag or freezer-safe container. To prevent the noodles from falling apart when defrosting, you can alternatively skip the noodles and freeze the other ingredients.

Reheat: Reheat beef and noodles that have been frozen or thawed in the microwave or a pot over the stove until thoroughly heated and simmering.

Nutrition Information

Per serving:

Calories547 kcalCarbohydrates57 g
Calcium72 mgFat24 g
Saturated Fat1 gCholesterol143 mg
Sugar2 gPotassium502 mg
Vitamin A368IUProtein26 g
Iron3 mgSodium113 mg


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

    • So glad you liked it Ellen! Thanks for stopping by and letting us know.

    • Don’t like cream of celery soup . Is there something else I can use?

  2. 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.

      • Does the meat cook till soft? I have tried stew meat but for some reason it’s still tough. Does it have to be pounded first?

        • Yes Kristi, the meat should be tender after cooking. It does not need to be pounded.

  3. 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!

    • 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

    • Thanks for the input Rene, we are always interested in how you change our recipes to make them better.


    • Did you use the celery soup or just the mushroom and French onion soup??

  8. 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

    • So glad you like the Slow Cooker Beef and Noodles, Ryan! Baby carrots are a great idea!

  9. 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?

    • Sorry Kallie, I just saw this comment. How did your beef turn out? I have always browned first.

    • I’ve never browned the meat first and it’s still delicious 😉

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

  11. 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.

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

    • Hi Ana, no the meat does NOT need to be browned first, but you can if you want to.

  13. 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!

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

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

    • Madeline from Pocket Change Gourmet Reply

      Thanks so much Jess! It is a great recipe- and easy!

  16. 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?

  17. Donna Frerichs Reply

    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.

  18. 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

  19. 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 Reply

      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.

  20. My husband loved this! I dredged meat in flour but didn’t brown it. Doubled soups for extra gravy. Will be adding as a regular go to!!

  21. Michelle Werthmann Reply

    Can you use hamburger meat? Curious since I dont have any other meats!

    • Not really. You need to slow cook it for the texture and the flavor.

  22. Deborah Allen Reply

    Can I assemble the beef with soups and put crock pot in refrigerator overnight (& cook next day)??

    • Yes, you can do that. It should not affect the recipe too much

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