Beef and Noodles

The first time I whipped up a batch of Beef and Noodles for dinner, it was an immediate hit. This dish, with its savory ground beef, tender vegetables, and creamy sauce clinging to every strand of egg noodle, is the epitome of comfort food. It’s simple, hearty, and incredibly satisfying, making it a perfect meal for those evenings when you crave something filling but are short on time. The combination of flavors, from the umami-rich mushroom soup to the slight tang of Worcestershire sauce, creates a depth that’s both surprising and delightful. My family loves it, and it has since become a staple in our home for its ease and versatility. Whether it’s a chilly winter night or a busy summer evening, this Beef and Noodles recipe is a comforting classic that never disappoints.


  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Begin by cooking the egg noodles to al dente according to the package directions. Once done, drain them and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains. Remember to drain any excess grease.
  3. To the skillet, add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until the onion is translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the cream of mushroom soup, beef broth, peas and carrots, Worcestershire sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  5. Lower the heat, cover, and let the mixture simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add the cooked noodles to the skillet, tossing everything together to ensure the noodles are evenly coated in the sauce.
  7. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing all the ingredients to heat through thoroughly.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley right before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 4
  • Calories per Serving: 385 kcal

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Additional Tips

  1. Enhancing Flavor: For an even richer flavor, consider browning the ground beef with a splash of red wine.
  2. Creamy Variation: Add a dollop of sour cream or cream cheese to the skillet with the mushroom soup for extra creaminess.
  3. Vegetable Variations: Feel free to add more vegetables to the mix, such as mushrooms or bell peppers, for added texture and flavor.
  4. Serving Suggestion: This dish pairs wonderfully with a simple green salad or steamed green beans for a complete meal.
  5. Storing Leftovers: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use fresh mushrooms instead of cream of mushroom soup? Yes, you can sauté fresh mushrooms with the onion and garlic, then thicken the sauce with a little flour or cornstarch mixed with additional beef broth.
  2. Is there a substitute for Worcestershire sauce? Soy sauce or balsamic vinegar can work as substitutes, though they will slightly alter the flavor profile.
  3. Can I make this dish gluten-free? Yes, use gluten-free cream of mushroom soup and gluten-free egg noodles to make this dish gluten-free.
  4. Can I use a different type of pasta? Absolutely, any pasta will work, though cooking times may vary. Bowtie, penne, or rotini are great alternatives.
  5. How can I make this dish more nutritious? Incorporate whole wheat noodles and add more vegetables to increase fiber content and nutritional value.
  6. Can I freeze Beef and Noodles? Yes, this dish freezes well. Cool completely before transferring to freezer-safe containers. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat gently.
  7. Can I cook this in a slow cooker? While the recipe is designed for stovetop cooking, you can adapt it for a slow cooker. Brown the beef and onions before adding them to the slow cooker with the other ingredients, excluding the noodles, which should be cooked separately and added before serving.
  8. What can I use instead of ground beef? Ground turkey or ground chicken can be used as lighter alternatives to beef.

Beef and Noodles is a timeless dish that promises a comforting and delicious meal with minimal fuss. It’s versatile, easy to make, and always a crowd-pleaser, making it an ideal choice for busy weeknights or when you’re in need of a comforting meal. With these tips and FAQs, you’re well on your way to creating a dish that’s both satisfying and flavorful, sure to be enjoyed by all who gather at your table.