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Easy Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

My Crock Pot beef and noodles dinner recipe is a delicious, budget-friendly, quick, and easy meal for two or a family of four.

Throw your beef, noodles, and seasonings into a slow cooker and leave it for a few hours. Not only is it easy to make, but it also gives you enough for leftovers.

The Crock Pot casserole will quickly become one of your favorite Crock Pot dinners, especially on those busy weeknights.

The Best Comfort Food: Slow Cooker Beef

Picture of beef and noodles in a red bowl

Do you love beef and noodles? If so, then you’ll love this super easy recipe for Crock Pot beef and noodles.

This dish is easy to make, and it’s sure to satisfy your cravings for comfort food.

Best of all, the Crock Pot does all the work for you–just put the ingredients in and let it cook.

So why not try out this delicious recipe today? You won’t regret it!

I love beef and noodles because it tastes great and it is pure comfort food. You can make this recipe often and switch things out to get a different flavor or texture. 

I used macaroni noodles in this pasta bowl, but you can really use any kind of noodle that you’d like. It’s going to turn out delicious, no matter how you make it. 

Typically, I will buy whatever noodles are on sale and use those for this kind of dish. It makes life easier, and I don’t end up spending as much money. 

I shop a lot at Aldi’s, and they have some great prices on noodles, and let me tell you, they are super large boxes, too. I can get at least two meals out of one box. 

What Do I Need To Make The Beef And Noodle Recipe?

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed below in the recipe card.

  • Ground beef
  • Elbow macaroni noodles
  • Beef broth
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Minced fresh garlic
  • Onions
  • Sour cream
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Large skillet
  • Spatula
  • Butter
  • Stovetop
  • Crock Pot
  • Salt and black pepper (optional and to taste)

How To Make Crock Pot Creamy Beef And Noodles

  1. Cook the garlic, onions, and beef in a skillet.
  2. Drain the grease and add it to the Crock Pot. Add the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Cook on low heat for four hours.
  3. Add the dry noodles and cook until they are soft. Add water if needed. (If you want to save time, use some pre-cooked store-bought noodles. You won’t need any extra liquid).
  4. Finally, add the sour cream and cream of mushroom soup and stir. Allow the food to heat up for a few minutes and serve.

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles: Step By Step Instructions

Picture of diced garlic in a skillet

You’re going to start by adding some butter and minced garlic to a skillet and let it roast for a minute or so on the stovetop, just to brown it.

Garlic is unquestionably one of my favorite things to add to a dish. It adds so much flavor, and moreover, I love it roasted in butter. Seriously, does it get better than this? 

Garlic is always a good thing.

Picture of onion sautéing in a skillet

Next, add the onions and let them sauté for a few minutes.

They will start to look a little more translucent. That’s the look you’re going for in this beef and noodles recipe

Picture of ground beef, onions, and garlic in a skillet

After cooking the onions, add the ground beef and chop it up in the pan. Let it cook until it’s brown.

I used about 1-1/2 pounds of ground beef for this recipe. We have two teenage boys in the house, and they can eat, so I usually try to get as much meat in as I can. 

Tips for the Crock Pot Beef and Noodles Recipe

  • It’s the perfect meal for kids who eat a lot.
  • I buy my meat at The Fresh Market these days. They have a sale once a week on their chicken and ground chuck, and I go and stock up. I will freeze it so I can pull it out whenever I need it, so I don’t have to run out to the grocery store.
  • You can also use ground turkey or shredded chicken for this simple recipe. 
  • I use a chopper to break up the meat. It is a great tool to have in the kitchen. Years ago, I would use a spatula, and I wasn’t really happy doing it that way. Then, I discovered this chopper through Pampered Chef, and I absolutely love it. (Linked below). They sell it on Amazon, and you can get other brands, as well. It’s a great tool to have in the kitchen.

Once the meat is cooked, go ahead and drain it and get all of the grease off.

As a little side note, I usually put my meat in a strainer to drain the grease. I will run hot water over it to get as much grease off as possible. 

Picture of ground beef and beef broth in a Crock Pot

Now, you’re going to add the ground beef to the slow cooker, pour in the Worcestershire sauce, and then the beef broth.

I had to look up how to spell Worcestershire. I may not know how to spell it (or say it correctly), but I sure like to eat it. It adds such great flavor.

The combination of the two gives this slow cooker beef and noodles a stronger flavor. If you don’t want such a strong flavor, you can add half water and half beef broth. 

Picture of beef and beef broth in a slow cooker

Once you’ve got everything in the Crock Pot, stir it and place the lid on top, and let it cook for four hours on low. 

Picture of noodles and beef in a Crock Pot

After four hours, add the noodles to the Crock Pot. 

I press the noodles down into the liquid so they will soak it up. The noodles should cook within about half an hour or so. Sometimes it takes a little longer. 

If the noodles have soaked up all of the liquid but are still not completely cooked, add about 1/2 cup of water or additional beef broth and give them a few more minutes to soak up the water.

You can also use frozen egg noodles for this recipe and make it like a beef stroganoff.

If you do add water, give everything a stir once more and press the noodles down into the water again. 

Picture of sour cream with beef and noodles

When the noodles are soft, add the sour cream to the pot. 

Finally, add the cream of mushroom soup to the Crock Pot and give everything a good stir until it is all combined.

Some of y’all don’t like mushroom soup. In that case, replace it with cream of cheese or cream of chicken.

Let it sit in the Crock Pot for a few minutes to heat up all of the ingredients. 

If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Picture of beef and noodles in a red bowl

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles is a great recipe for any night of the week. It’s easy, and it will feed a lot of people. The classic recipe is in our list of family favorites.

The best part of this recipe is that all four of us here in the house ate a large bowl, and we still had leftovers. I ended up eating another bowl for lunch the next day, and we still had a little left. 

Tips and Variations for Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

  • If you are short on time, you can use store-bought pre-cooked noodles. They will heat up faster.

Optional Ingredients

You can use these ingredients to switch things up a bit and add some variety to the simple dish.

  • Onion soup packet (if you use this, leave out the salt because the packet usually has a high salt content).
  • French onion soup packet.
  • Any type of gravy packet (brown gravy mix, country gravy mix, peppered gravy mix)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cream of cheese soup
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Homemade noodles
  • Cream cheese

More Delicious Slow Cooker Meals

  • Crock Pot chicken and rice – this slow cooker recipe is perfect if you haven’t really planned ahead and want to have a nice hot meal after a long day. It goes together very quickly and can cook all day. You can even add the frozen chicken.
  • Slow cooker pot roast – this is a very flavorful beef roast recipe that we make often. It turns out to be a wonderfully tender beef meal. The only thing bad about this recipe is having to wait to dish it up because it’s soooo good.
  • Slow cooker pork chops and rice – I make this a lot. The whole family is impatient about waiting for their serving when it’s done!
  • Slow cooker pork shoulder – the great thing about this recipe is that is turns out so tender the pork falls off the fork. Once you make this the first time, you will want to add it to your meal rotation.
  • Slow cooker chicken and gravy – this is one of our favorite meals. It’s one of those easy recipes that everyone loves, even picky eaters. It tastes amazing sitting on top of some mashed potatoes.
  • Instant Pot pot roast (pressure cooker recipe) from Kristine’s Kitchen – the recipe has a ton of flavor and has such flavorful beef.
  • Classic Baked Dutch oven recipe – this isn’t a slow cooker recipe, but it’s a slow oven-cooked beef recipe with chuck roast, plenty of veggies, and lots of flavor.
Picture of creamy beef and noodles in a red bowl

Crock Pot beef and noodles is a delicious, budget-friendly, quick, and easy meal for two or a family of four.

Throw your beef and seasonings into a slow cooker and let it cook for a few hours. Not only is it easy to make, but it also gives you enough for leftovers.

This will quickly become one of your favorite Crock Pot dinners, especially on those busy weeknights.

Print the recipe now!

Picture of beef and noodles in a large red bowl

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 2 hours 1 second
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes 1 second

Crock Pot Beef and noodles is a delicious dinner for the entire family. It's easy to make and very budget-friendly. This is one of those cozy dinners you'll want to make again and again.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • 16 ounces macaroni noodles
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the butter to a skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and roast it for a minute. Next, add the onion and saute.
  3. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Drain.
  4. Next, add the beef to the Crock Pot.
  5. Pour the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth into the Crock Pot. Stir, place the lid on top, and cook on low for four hours.
  6. After four hours, add the noodles. Stir and make sure the noodles are covered with liquid so they will soak it up. Cook until soft, approximately 30 minutes. If the noodles need more liquid, add 1/2 cup of water, stir everything, and cook again until soft.
  7. Once noodles have softened, add the sour cream and cream of mushroom soup and stir.
  8. Serve.

Notes

Be sure to press the noodles down into the liquid so they will soak it up.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 cups Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 669mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 24g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Angela

Thursday 31st of January 2019

Delish!! All three of my kiddos ate this up! Didn’t have elbow and used penne soo good!!!!!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 31st of January 2019

Hi Angela! I love to hear that. Thanks so much for sharing that with us! I love that you can use whatever pasta you have on hand. Have a good evening!

Kippi

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Yum, this looks delicious. I just pinned it so I can try it out. I love the make ahead meals I am starting one in a few. Bon appetit, Kippi #kippiathome

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Hi Kippi! Thank you and thanks for stopping by! Have a great afternoon.

Marilyn

Wednesday 16th of January 2019

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Julie Pollitt

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Hi Marilyn! Thanks so much! I am very honored to be featured. Have a wonderful afternoon. :)

Miz Helen

Tuesday 15th of January 2019

This is a delicious comfort recipe, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 15th of January 2019

Hi Miz Helen! Thank you and have a wonderful week. :)

Helen Arano

Monday 14th of January 2019

I did this recipe using chicken, and it was GREAT. My family loved it, and it is good on a cold damp rainy day. Made a salad to go along with it. Thanks.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 15th of January 2019

Awesome! I love to hear that. I will have to try it with chicken, too. Thanks for sharing!

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