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

5 Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Busy Families

2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish and slow cooker pot in background. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

Make Ahead Freezer Meals can be a dinner saver for busy families!  You know those days that you are racing home from a late meeting or going from piano to gymnastics and not getting home with the kids until 7pm?  Well, Make Ahead Freezer Meals are great for those nights!  These are frozen meal kits where you put all of the raw ingredients into a freezer storage container or bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.  Then thaw the day before and either pour into the slow cooker the morning of or onto a sheet pan when you get home.  That’s it, one bag, one cooking vessel, one hot dinner ready to go!!!

“I feel like we are in a dinner rut with 3-4 easy dinners in the rotation”

Sound familiar?  Of course it does!  You are freaking busy!!!!  Do you have a job, kids, activities, or all of the above?  Yes!  You have LIFE going on!  So, you likely turn to what you know and what is easy when it comes to dinners.  However, if you spend 10 minutes throwing all ingredients in a freezer bag, you can try something totally new!!!  I have covered family-friendly flavors across Asian, Moroccan, Mexican, Italian-ish, and American cuisines.

These Make Ahead Freezer Meal recipes meet the most important criteria for busy families:

  1. EASY TO MAKE – Easy to new put the Make Ahead Freezer Meal together in 10 minutes
  2. NEW FAMILY FRIENDLY FLAVORS – the kids will enjoy them too!!
  3. BALANCED MEALS – with protein and veggies
  4. EASY TO COOK – Cooking is either done in a slow cooker so it’s ready when you are or takes 30 minutes on 1 pan in the oven.

Do you have a slow cooker?

Actually, just before I share the recipes with you, I wanted to make sure I shared what I used to cook many of them.  I absolutely love love love my easy and simple (and not expensive) Crock-Pot.  I have the 6-Quart version with 5 settings (low 4-hour, low 6-hour, high 8-hour, high 10-hour, and warm).You can order this today and have it in a few days to start your Slow Cooker Cookin’!

5 MUST-TRY MAKE AHEAD FREEZER MEALS

(Clicks links for full recipes)

1.  Sheet Pan Hoisin Chicken with Ginger & Red Peppers

Hoisin Chicken over rice on a plate with a fork. In back is pan with spatula. This Freezer Hoisin Chicken with Red Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Ginger, and Soy sauce is delicious and so easy to make. You get sweet and savory all in one dish and it's perfect for kids because it's sweet, not spicy at all. Just freeze ahead, thaw, then cook on a sheet pan!

All raw ingredients in freezer bag for Freezer Hoisin Chicken with Red Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Ginger, and Soy sauce is delicious and so easy to make. You get sweet and savory all in one dish and it's perfect for kids because it's sweet, not spicy at all. Just freeze ahead, thaw, then cook on a sheet pan!

This Make-Ahead Freezer Hoisin Chicken with Red Peppers, Carrots, Onions, Ginger, and Soy sauce is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. You get sweet and savory all in one dish and it’s perfect for families with kids because it’s sweet, not spicy at all. All ingredients go into a freezer bag, you thaw the night before, and then cook on a sheet pan…so EASY! Of course, you don’t have to freeze this, you can just make it, but let’s face it, we could all use some meals ready for us on those insanely, crazy, busy nights!

2.  One Pot Creamy Tomato Soup with Chicken and Spinach

Creamy Tomato Soup in a soup pot on napkin on counter with wood spoon on side. It has Ground Chicken and Spinach is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor. AND it is healthy! It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor. Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess! Finally Spinach is your veggie boost.

This Prep-Ahead Freezer Creamy Tomato Soup with Ground Chicken and Spinach is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor. AND it is healthy! It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor. Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess! Finally Spinach is your veggie boost. So delicious and so EASY!

3.  5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup with Veggies

5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup in a bowl with spoon and crockpot in background. This soup is thick, creamy, and hearty. It's filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. You can prepare all of the ingredients ahead and freeze them until you are ready to cook. Then, thaw, pour into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.

5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup ingredients in a labeled Freezer Bag. This recipe is thick, creamy, and hearty. It's filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. You can prepare all of the ingredients ahead and freeze them until you are ready to cook. Then, thaw, pour into the Slow Cooker, set and forget.

This 5-Ingredient Homemade Chicken Soup is thick, creamy (but, no dairy!), and hearty. It’s filled with flavorful broth, meaty shredded chicken, and sweet bursts of bright veggies. But, this version is also the easiest ever because you prepare all of the ingredients ahead (even months ahead) and freeze them until you are ready to cook this wonderful meal. Then you thaw, pour all of the ingredients into the Slow Cooker, set and forget. Forget until those amazing and comforting aromas remind you that you have a Homemade Chicken Soup waiting for you!

4.  Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew

2 Bowls of Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew with sour cream and scallion slices as garnish and slow cooker pot in background. It's one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

All ingredients in a labeled freezer bag for Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew. It is one of my Prepped Freezer Meal recipes and it's creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. All ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It's a stew because it's thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers, cumin, garlic and tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

This Chipotle Chicken Enchilada Stew is creamy, cozy, hearty, cheesy, and slightly spicy. This Stew is a Prepped Freezer Meal recipe, which means it’s a great option to prep ahead and easily make for dinner on a busy weeknight. Ingredients freeze raw, thaw, then cook in the slow cooker or in the oven. It’s a stew because it’s thick and hearty with bites of chicken, carrots, onion, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for spice, cumin, garlic and lots of tortilla chips that melt down to thicken this delicious stew.

5.  Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas

Moroccan Chicken Chili in bowl over white rice with a dollop of Cilantro Lime Yogurt on top and in a bowl to the left. The slow cooker is in background with chili. Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Final labeled freezer bag of all ingredients for Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas is loaded with comforting and healthy ingredients and spices. You get warmth from Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Then tons of hearty flavor from browned ground chicken and Shallots. And creaminess from the Carrots and Chickpeas. You can make it ahead and freeze it until you are ready to cook it!

Moroccan Chicken Chili with Chickpeas and a Cilantro Lime Yogurt is loaded with comforting, healthy, and even healing ingredients and spices. You get the warmth from the Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, and Coriander. Tons of flavor comes from really browned ground chicken and Shallots. And you get creamy heartiness from the Carrots and Chickpeas. Finally, you get the cool and tangy balance from the Cilantro Lime Yogurt. This Moroccan Chicken Chili has so many warm spices and flavors, it will become a favorite. I like to serve this over white rice, but you can definitely eat it by itself.

I hope you try these Make Ahead Freezer Meals and if so, please let me know what you thought in the comments!

😍 Carrie