Creamy Beef Over Noodles CrockPot Recipe

originally published April 30, 2015. Updated with new photo via deposit photos @bhofack 4/15

Day 121.

We had a busy Saturday this past week and I didn't have a meal planned. Usually that means take-out or macaroni and cheese, but instead I dug into the depths of the freezer and found a forgotten bag of frozen stew meat.

I wasn't sure exactly what to do with it, so just kept pulling stuff out of cabinets. The end result was actually pretty good, and although the kids dipped their meat into A-1 sauce (weirdos) we sat down together for a nice meal that was free! 

instead of a good $40 restaurant meal.


The Ingredients.

2 pounds stew meat
2 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted; your choice)
1/4 cup milk (I used soy)
1 tablespoon gluten free worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon black pepper (I like things peppery, so I use a lot, but not everybody does!!)
2 tablespoon dried minced onion (1 one small yellow onion, finely diced)
1/4 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon herbs de provence
1/2 block of cream cheese (4 ounces) (not pictured)

The Directions.

I plopped the frozen meat into the crockpot---it was so frozen that it stood up, so I poked at it with a wooden spoon until it behaved and stayed inside.

We were on the way to swim lessons, so I didn't do anything at all except for dump everything on top. I have no idea in which order, it really doesn't matter. Don't put in the cream cheese yet---save it for later.

Cook on low for 10-12 hours. I cooked this for 10, then tasted the broth. I liked it, but felt like it needed something---like cream cheese.

Squeeze in a half block of cream cheese, and stir until it is incorporated.
Serve over hot pasta. We had Trader Joe's Brown Rice fussili


The Verdict.

This was a nice, hearty, but not overly rich meal that we all enjoyed. I've been picking at the leftovers, and they've held up nicely.

I like that this doesn't call for "cream of something" soup or a packet of onion soup mix. Sometimes I am told that all crockpot food tastes alike. IT DOES, if you always use cream of something soup and onion soup mix!!


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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at April 30, 2015

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  1. Anonymous4/30/2008

    HI, I am glad I found your blog you have great receipes on here and I look forward to a new day just to see what's cooking. Thanks :)


  2. I`m so glad I found your blog!!With a family of five crockpot meals are a blessing to us!!
    When you have time,stop by my blog!!I have an award for you:)

  3. Anonymous4/30/2008

    I have to echo the two comments here already.
    Crockpot and GLUTEN FREE!!!!
    I think I may cry in happiness.

  4. A blog pal shared your blog with me. I am a new stay-at-home-mom and only recently have dusted off my crockpot (an unused gift from many many years ago) and have been trying to figure out what to do with the thing. I've had some successes, but it is still an unfamiliar tool. I like your recipes and attitude. I lol'ed at the A-1 use... my daughter would have gone for the catsup! kids!

  5. Anonymous5/01/2008

    I will have to try one of your recipes. I have a crock pot that I never use, because pretty much everything I put in there winds up tasting and looking exactly the same...i'm not very skilled in the domestic arts, especially cooking, so let's see if it's the equipment, or the owner.

  6. I actually tried this recipe last night. With the exception of inadvertantly adding soy sauce instead of soy milk, it was very tasty and my kids loved it! Thank you for your continued efforts!

  7. Made this tonight! Just tasted it while waiting for my pasta!

    (I did have to add some extra water...)

  8. I just wanted to say that I tried this 2 nights ago... it was so yummy! Even my girls ate it.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  9. Made this the other night after finding it in your cookbook (which I LOVE - Kudos and Congrats!). It wasn't as creamy as I expected, but it was very good. A little peppery for my girls, but I should have seen that coming as I was adding the tablespoon of pepper. I think next time I'll half it. Reheated the leftovers the following night on the stove, added a little more cream cheese as well as 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (mixed in 1/2 c water) and a can of mushrooms and let it simmer for a little while. YUMYUM! Both nights I served over buttered egg noodles. I'll make it again for sure!

  10. Just wondering if you think this could be cooked at less time on high, or would it dry it out too much. I had thought of cooking it on high for a couple of hours, then dropping it down to low for the next 6 or so hours.

    Any thoughts???

    BTW, I have become a complete addict to cooking GF in the crock pot. It was such a hard transition to cook GF and it always felt so limiting. I feel freed of so much time and instead of having to cook two different meals because the GF stuff never tasted that great, now everybody is enjoying eating GF in our house. Thank you so much for making my life easier and our tummies full.

  11. Hi Knittinbrit,

    It will definitely cook okay on high. The meat might be a bit tougher, though. You can help with that by taking the meat out about an hour before cooking, and chopping it up a bit, then putting it back into the sauce to soften.

    I'm glad you found me, and I'm so happy to be of some help on your GF journey.

    xoxo steph

  12. Okay, Stephanie, that was delicious. A big hit with kids and hubby. I thought my sauce still seemed a little runny, so I ended up going for extra creamy sauce by putting in 8oz of cream cheese and then adding a tablespoon or two of Pamela's GF baking mix to thicken it. It was yummy thick and creamy sauce. Loved this!!!! Do you have the initials GENIUS after your name? If not, you should.

  13. Hi Stephanie! I love your blog. Just tried this recipe, and I ended up using more Worcestershire sauce and a big can of beef broth, and then just throwing the uncooked noodles in there for the last hour. (Less pots and pans for cleanup!)

    It turned out great. Thanks!

  14. HI Steph,
    I added your Creamy Beef Over Noodles recipe to my freezer menu for November and cooked it up in the crock a couple days ago. I made just a few minor modifications. It was FABULOUS! Here's my review over at my blog:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    Balancing Act Basics

  15. okay--got a question--can i use regular milk instead of soy, and what are the herbs? thanks bunches! trying out the crockpot all week for the next couple of busy weeks and LOVE the treasure trove of recipes you have!!

  16. Has anybody tried this with burger? It would have to be pre-cooked since it would be greasy, but cheaper. This tastes a little like a high quality hamburger helper strogonoff. We added some Parmesan cheese to thicken the sauce without the extra work. Also I used Italian seasoning since I didn't bother to look up Herbs de provence. So freakin' yummy! Perfect dinner for a cold winter night.

  17. I think God has answered my prayers! My 2 year old has started a gluten free diet, horrible intestinal issues, and I need help with ideas and easy ones at that. Thank you. You have helped me more than you will ever realize.

  18. I sat down this afternoon to search for some crock pot meals for this week because it is going to be a crazy week for us and I stumbled on your blog. I was thrilled and then when I saw it was all Gluten Free I almost cried!! Two of my boys have celiac disease and I am always trying to find new yummy recipes that don't break the bank or take too much time! I am so excited. Thank you.

  19. My sister has been trying to convince me for years that it is okay to put raw meat in the crockpot. I'm having an "I don't care" week, so I finally gave in with this recipe - I didn't even thaw it! My husband's only complaint was that I didn't make enough. My family thinks I am an amazing cook, thanks to you!