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The art of slow-cooking has been cherished for centuries, allowing the melding of flavors and the transformation of tough cuts of meat into tender, succulent delights. In this recipe, we’ll explore a timeless favorite – Savory Slow-Cooker Beef and Noodles. Originating from the heartland of the United States, this dish is a hearty, comforting classic that has warmed countless souls over the years.


1. Sear the Beef:

  • Begin by heating the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season the beef cubes generously with salt and pepper.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the beef cubes in batches, ensuring they have enough space to brown properly. Sear each side until golden brown. Use tongs to turn them.
  • Transfer the seared beef to the slow cooker.

2. Saute the Aromatics:

  • In the same skillet, add the chopped onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. Saute them for about 5 minutes until they become fragrant and slightly softened.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and continue to saute for another 3-4 minutes until they release their moisture and start to brown.

3. Deglaze the Skillet:

  • Pour in the red wine (if using) to deglaze the skillet, scraping up any flavorful bits stuck to the bottom.
  • Add the tomato paste, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and beef broth. Stir well to combine.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

4. Combine in the Slow Cooker:

  • Carefully pour the skillet mixture over the seared beef cubes in the slow cooker.
  • Stir everything together to ensure even distribution of flavors.

5. Slow Cook to Perfection:

  • Set your slow cooker to low heat and cover it with the lid.
  • Let the beef and vegetable mixture cook for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beef is fork-tender and the flavors have melded beautifully.

6. Cook the Egg Noodles:

  • About 20 minutes before serving, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the wide egg noodles according to the package instructions until they’re al dente.
  • Drain the noodles in a colander and set them aside.

7. Serve and Garnish:

  • Once the beef is tender and the flavors are well-incorporated, it’s time to serve.
  • Spoon a generous portion of the savory slow-cooked beef and vegetables over a bed of cooked egg noodles.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley for a burst of color and freshness.

Historical Tidbit: Slow-cooker dishes like this one gained immense popularity in the mid-20th century as busy households sought convenient yet delicious meal solutions. The concept of “set it and forget it” was a game-changer, allowing families to return home to the delightful aroma of a home-cooked meal, much like this timeless beef and noodles dish.

So, there you have it – a step-by-step guide to crafting a comforting classic, Savory Slow-Cooker Beef and Noodles. This dish not only fills your home with a delightful aroma but also warms your heart with its rich, savory flavors. Whether it’s a family dinner or a cozy gathering of friends, this recipe is sure to become a cherished favorite.

prep time
15 minutes
cooking time
6-8 hours
total time
6 hours 15 minutes - 8 hours 15 minutes


  • Slow cooker

  • Large skillet

  • Chef's knife

  • Cutting board

  • Wooden spoon

  • Tongs

  • Large pot

  • Colander


  • 2 pounds of beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms

  • 1 cup of beef broth

  • 1 cup of red wine (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 12 ounces of wide egg noodles

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Sear the beef.
Saute the aromatics.
Deglaze the skillet.
Slow cook until tender.
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