Comforting Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles on a plate.  This is downhome comfort food that's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles is a downhome comfort dish full of flavor and texture.  The meat is fall apart tender, the carrots slightly sweet, and the onion, garlic, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, and thyme create an incredible flavor.  Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles…yup, even more amazing! 

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles on a plate with fork. This is downhome comfort food that's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!#beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

 

YOU NEED THIS SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW OVER NOODLES IN YOUR LIFE

Why you ask?  Well, if the above isn’t enough, then let me just say that it’s darn cold outside!  It’s winter and cold and you deserve a warm comfort dish!  When you think of Beef Stew, do you think of warmth, sitting by a fire, childhood dinners after a day of playing in the snow?  I know I do. 

But also, you do a ton of s#%t!  And when was the last time that you came home to a hot meal?  THIS Slow Cooker Beef Stew can be that meal!  Making this in the Slow Cooker is like Mom made it for you again because it cooks all day while you are out and it’s waiting for you when you get home.  

Check out my List of 8 Easy & Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes  for more ideas!

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR BEEF STEW COOKING KIT

Here is a great hack!  Prepare all ingredients and store them in the fridge right in the slow cooker insert!  Then, when you’re ready to cook the meal, all you need to do is add the slurry, broth, and beef!

For this recipe, you will dice the carrots and onions.  You will chop the parsley and mince the garlic.  HACK: When you buy a head of garlic, mince all of the cloves at once and then freeze the minced garlic, so you always have it on hand!  For more Freezer Hacks to make meal prep easier, download this FREE FREEZER HACK SHEET!

Then measure out the dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.  Finally, measure the dried thyme into the palm of your hand and crush it with your fingers, then add it to the container as well.

Carrots, onion, parsley, garlic, dijon in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe.  It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!  #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Spoon with Worcestershire sauce over Carrots, onion, parsley, garlic, dijon in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe.  It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!  #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Carrots, onion, and other ingredients in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe.  It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!  #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

 

COOK YOUR SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW

When you are ready to cook your Slow Cooker Beef Stew, you will make the cornstarch slurry and add it plus the broth to the slow cooker.  

Then add the cut beef. Stir to combine, then set the slow cooker to LOW for 8-10 hours depending on your schedule.

Carrots, onion, broth and other ingredients in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe.  It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!  #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Beef, carrots, onion, broth, and other ingredients in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe.  It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!  #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Beef, carrots, onion, broth, and other ingredients in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe.  It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!  #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Cook on Low for 8 or 10 hours, depending on your schedule.

When you are ready to eat, cook the rice noodles according to package instructions.  Of course, you can use other types of noodles, such as Egg Noodles, but I was trying to keep this gluten free.

Serve the stew over the noodles and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

😍 Carrie

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles on a plate. This is downhome comfort food that's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing! #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles on a plate. This is downhome comfort food that's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!#beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes
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Comforting Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles

Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles is downhome comfort food.  It's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more.  Make it in the Slow Cooker and it's like your Mom made it for you because it cooks all day while you are out and it's waiting for you when you are home.  Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, beef stew, crock pot, crockpot, easy dinner, easy recipes, gluten free, noodles, one pot, pasta, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced onion 2 small yellow onions or 1 large
  • 2 cloves garlic 2 tsp
  • 3/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 tbls Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbls Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp Dry thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 lb Beef Stew Cut
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese Optional for garnish
  • 10 oz Rice Noodles or Egg Noodles

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps for your Beef Stew

  1. Peel and dice the carrots.  Peel and dice the onion.  Mince the garlic.  Chop the parsley.  Reserve some of the parsley for garnish.  Add all of these to a storage container or bag.  (Note, you can store these right in the slow cooker insert in the fridge!)

    Carrots, onion, parsley, garlic, dijon in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe. It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing! #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes
  2. To the same storage container, add the Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.  Finally, measure the dried thyme into the palm of your hand and crush it with your fingers, then add it to the container as well.

    Carrots, onion, and other ingredients in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe. It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing! #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Cook the Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  1. Make the cornstarch slurry.  Measure out 1/2 cup of cold broth and mix in the 1/4 cup of cornstarch until completely dissolved.  If your broth is not cold, you can add the cornstarch to 1/2 cold water instead.

  2. Add the prepared ingredients to the slow cooker (if you have not already done so to store them).

  3. Pour in the broth and the cornstarch slurry. Then add the cut beef. Stir to combine, then set the slow cooker to LOW for 8-10 hours depending on your schedule.

    Beef, carrots, onion, broth, and other ingredients in crockpot for the Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles recipe. It's comfort food full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing! #beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes
  4. When you are ready to eat, cook the rice noodles according to package instructions.  Note, you can swap these out for Egg Noodles if you prefer.

  5. Serve the stew over the noodles and garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese (optional).  Enjoy!

    Slow Cooker Beef Stew over Noodles on a plate. This is downhome comfort food that's full of flavor and texture with carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, beef, and more. Now, try pouring that salty, chunky, saucy goodness over noodles...yup, even more amazing!#beefstew #crockpot #slowcooker #easydinners #dinnerrecipes

Hanky Panky Canapes, the Best Party Appetizers!

Cooked Hanky Panky on Black Slate Platter. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

Looking for the perfect, easy, addictive, delicious appetizer for your next party?  Look no further than these Hanky Panky Canapes, the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They’re cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers, which makes it a canape.  You can make them ahead and freeze them for up to 3 months.  Then simply lay them out on a sheet pan frozen and cook them in the oven until the bread/cracker toasts up and the topping is melty.  Then serve on a platter and watch your guests go crazy for them!

 

Hanky Panky Canapes cooked on sheet pan. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

WHY ARE HANKY PANKY CANAPES THE BEST PARTY APPETIZERS?

  1. The name is Hanky Panky!  (FYI, I did research the origins of this name, but all I could find is that it came about in the early 1970’s in the midwest and the name was likely derived from some fun ‘swinging’ parties).
  2. They include Meat, Cheese, and Bread.  Probably enough said, but here are a few more reasons!
  3. They are make-ahead apps.  You can make them up to 3 months in advance and keep in the freezer, then pull them out and cook in minutes for a snack, for last minute guests, or for a planned party.
  4. They are super EASY to make.  Everything gets made in 1 skillet or pot and then you top bread or crackers and freeze.
  5. This recipe is updated with real ingredients.  The original recipe included a very processed shelf-stable cheese.  My recipe swaps that out for shredded real cheddar along with some cream cheese for creaminess.
  6. You can make them Gluten Free.  While the original recipe used cocktail rye breads, I have used Gluten Free Crackers that I tested and work beautifully after freezing and cooking!
  7. My Grandma and my Mom made them since I can remember.  Generations of Moms cannot be wrong!

Hand holding a Hanky Panky. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR HANKY PANKY CANAPES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Prepping meals ahead can make ALL the difference!  So, here are the steps you can do the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge…

(See the recipe below for more details)

The traditional recipe includes a combo of Pork Sausage and Ground Beef.  My version replaces the Pork Sausage with a homemade Lean White Meat Ground Chicken Sausage mixture.

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Mix all Sausage meat ingredients in a bowl.  Either store in fridge until ready to cook or keep going on to the cooking the meat.

Parsley, garlic, fennel seed, salt, pepper, raw ground chicken in bowl. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

COOK THE BEST PARTY APPETIZERS!  HANKY PANKY TIME!

This recipe is great because it’s so easy!  Everything gets layered into one large skillet, soup pot, or dutch oven.

Start by browning the Chicken Sausage Meat.  I mean, REALLY browning it.  Separate it, then don’t touch it for 4-5 minutes until it gets really, really browned.  Then stir and add in the ground beef.  Stir again to combine and let the beef cook through.

Then add the cream cheese and shredded cheese, stirring until thick and creamy.

Cooking Chicken Sausage Meat in pot. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

Chicken, Beef, and shredded cheese added to pot. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

THE CRACKER OR BREAD BASE…

The traditional base for Hanky Panky is a Cocktail Rye Bread.  However, I think they are a little big for a heavy appetizer like this and I wanted to find a crispier Gluten Free base.  I tested 3 Gluten Free Crackers that all worked well going into the freezer and being cooked up in the oven.  However, my preferred option are the Absolutely Gluten Free Crackers, Original.  They are the perfect size, not too salty, and because they are plain, they let the Hanky Panky Meat Topping stand out.

3 GF Cracker Brand boxes with crackers on pan for these Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

On sheet pans that will fit flat into your freezer, lay out the crackers.  Place a small amount of the cooled mixture on top of each cracker.  Once all are topped, lightly cover and seal with foil or plastic wrap, and place in freezer.  Once completely frozen (approx. 6 hours) transfer gently to a freezer container or freezer bag.

Adding Hanky Panky Meat topping to GF crackers on sheet pan. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

When you are ready to serve, preheat your oven to 375 F degrees.  Remove the Hanky Panky Canapes from the freezer and place on a lightly oiled sheet pan.  Cook in the oven for 12-14 minutes, until warmed through and the crackers are crispy.

Hanky Panky Canapes cooked on sheet pan. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Cooked Hanky Panky on Black Slate Platter. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

 

Cooked Hanky Panky on Black Slate Platter. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers
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Hanky Panky Canapes, The Best Party Appetizers!

These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They're cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it's scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, cheese, hanky panky, party appetizers, party food, sausage
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Freeze 6 hours
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 70 Hanky Panky Canapes
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef, RWA
  • 1 lb Ground White Meat Chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 3 Tbsp Parsley chopped
  • 1.5 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1.5 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 80 1" crackers I used Absolutely Gluten Free Crackers, Original

Instructions

Prepare the Hanky Panky for the freezer

  1. Chop 3 Tbsp Parsley.  Mince 2 cloves garlic.

  2. To a medium mixing bowl, add the ground chicken, minced garlic, the chopped parsley, 1 tsp of fennel seed, 1 tsp Salt, 1 tsp fresh ground pepper. Mix to combine.  Either store in fridge until ready to cook or keep going.

Make the Hanky Panky Topping

  1. Preheat a large pot or dutch oven.  Add a tbsp of olive oil and then add the ground chicken mixture.  Separate the ground chicken to break it up into small pieces and then let it sear to get browned for about 4-5 minutes.  

    Cooking Chicken Sausage Meat in pot. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers
  2. Next, stir in the ground beef along with another 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of ground pepper, and the oregano.  Let cook for about 6-8 minutes more stirring every couple minutes to ensure the meat cooks completely through.  

  3. Turn the heat to low and add the cream cheese to the meat mixture.  Stir the cream cheese to combine.  Add the shredded cheese and stir to melt and combine.

    Chicken, Beef, and shredded cheese added to pot. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers
  4. Once the meat and cheese are completely combined into a creamy and very thick mixture.  Remove from the heat.  

  5. On sheet pans that will fit flat into your freezer, lay out the crackers.  Fit as many as you can on the sheet pan.  Try to keep them from touching so they do not freezer together.  Once the meat and cheese mixture has cooled enough to handle, start placing a small amount of the mixture on top of each cracker.  Once all are topped, lay a piece of aluminum foil over top, seal, and place in freezer to freeze.  Once completely frozen (approx. 6 hours) transfer gently to a freezer container or freezer bag. 

    Hanky Panky Canapes cooked on sheet pan. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers

Cook the Hanky Panky Canapes for serving

  1. When you are ready to serve, preheat your oven to 375 F degrees.  Remove the Hanky Panky Canapes from the freezer and place on a lightly oiled sheet pan.  Cook in the oven for 12-14 minutes, until warmed through and the crackers are crispy.

  2. Serve and Enjoy!

    Cooked Hanky Panky on Black Slate Platter. These Hanky Panky Canapes are the BEST Party Appetizers around!  They cheesy, meaty, and absolutely delicious.  Ground Beef is mixed with Homemade Chicken Sausage and then combined with lots of cheese until its a creamy addictive pot of goodness.  Then it is scooped on top of bread, toasts, or crackers