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Indulge in comforting and delicious Beef and Noodles recipe, a simple recipe that invokes nostalgia and delivers a satisfying burst of flavors. With the flexibility of three cooking methods—Instant Pot, slow cooker, and stove top — this recipe brings the classic together with modern convenience

Enjoy the flavor of seared tender beef tips or stew meat, smothered in a creamy mushroom gravy, and served over a bed of delicate egg noodles. This gravy-smothered comfort food dinner evokes the same kind of nostalgia as favorites like Country Fried Steak and Easy Salisbury Steak.

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This classic dish is one of my family’s favorite meals. Similar to beef stew or beef stroganoff, it’s the perfect meal when you want to enjoy rich flavors in a simple recipe.

Reasons to Make Beef and Noodles

  • Effortless Ingredients: Embrace simplicity with the core components of stew meat or beef tips, Cream of Mushroom soup, onion dip mix, beef broth, and noodles, complemented by a touch of olive oil to elevate the searing process.
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane: Rediscover the warmth of cherished memories as you savor the authentic flavors reminiscent of grandma’s comforting cooking. At least, that’s how I feel when I make this!
  • Versatile Cooking Techniques: Make this recipe in the Instant Pot, crockpot, or by using my stove top method. Easy instructions grant you the freedom to suit your lifestyle and schedule.
plate of butter noodles with beef stew meat and gravy

How to Make Instant Pot Beef and Noodles

The full recipe with ingredient quantities is detailed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here is a summary.

Step 1: Sear the Meat 

Heat the olive oil in the Instant Pot using the sauté mode. Divide the meat in half and brown the first half, turning only once. Remove the seared pieces from pot and set them on a plate. Brown the second half of the meat. Transfer the first batch back to the Instant Pot along with any liquid from the plate.

Step 2: Combine Ingredients 

Combine the cream of mushroom soup, onion dip mix, and beef broth with the seared meat.

Step 3: Pressure Cook

Seal the pressure cooker lid, and cook under high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow the pressure to gently release.

Step 4: Cook the Noodles

As the mixture cooks, boil the egg noodles in salted water. Once cooked and drained, choose between two  serving options: blend the noodles into the beef gravy mixture or allow the beef and gravy to smother the warm noodles.

Alternate Cooking Techniques

Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

  1. Sear the beef on the stovetop before starting the slow-cooking process.
  2. Mix ingredients: Transfer the browned meat to the crockpot. Add the cream of mushroom soup, onion dip mix, and beef broth. Stir well to combine.
  3. Slow cook: Set slow cooker to low and allow to cook for 6-8 hours. This method is ideal for those busy days when you return home to a warm, inviting meal. When you’re ready to serve, cook the noodles and serve them with the beef gravy.

Stove Top Beef and Noodles

  1. Brown the beef: Begin with a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, and brown the stew meat over medium-high heat. You can use a large skillet, however it will need to be transferred to a large pot or Dutch oven. For the best flavor and to capture all of those browned bits, and to avoid having to wash an extra pan, just use a Dutch oven.
  2. Braise meat: Combine the cream of mushroom soup, onion dip mix, and beef broth with the seared meat in the Dutch oven. Initiate a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to a tranquil simmer. Cover it to preserve moisture, allowing the meat to tenderize over an hour or more on low heat.
  3. Serve: Boil the noodles separately. Once done, serve them with the beef gravy.
plate of beef and noodles with brown gravy

Recipe Tips

Use the Best Ingredients

  • Use Trader Joe’s Portabella Cream of Mushroom soup. It’s just the best. It’s only available for a very short window each fall, so if you’re not lucky enough to get some, Pacific brand is the next best option.
  • Make your own homemade roasted beef broth. This is only convenient if you have some stored in quart-sized containers in your freezer. But if you do, you will definitely notice a difference!
  • Use good quality meet. Stew beef works great for this recipe, but I still tend to cut it into smaller pieces. You can use chuck roast as well. Just be sure to remove as much fat as possible.

Instant Pot Burn Notice

Safeguard against the infamous Instant Pot burn notice by increasing the amount of beef broth. When I use Trader Joe’s Cream of Mushroom, I do not get any burning with the recipe, as written.

Sear the Meat Properly

Sear the beef in small enough batches to allow each piece to have contact with the bottom of the pan without crowding.

Make Ahead

This is a great recipe to double or triple so that you have leftovers available for a future meal. Freeze extra portions (without the noodles) for an easy meal prep option.

beef tips and gravy over noodles

Counterbalance the richness of Beef and Noodles with vibrant vegetable sides.

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Beef and Noodles Recipe

Prep10 minutes
Cook20 minutes
time to come to pressure10 minutes
Total30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Beef and Noodles using Granny’s classic easy 5-ingredient recipe made even quicker in the Instant Pot, but can be made using the crockpot or stove top too.




  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound beef stew meat cut into one inch pieces
  • 22 ounces cream of mushroom soup two 11-ounce boxes from Trader Joe's recommended, see note below
  • 2 Tablespoon onion dip mix
  • 1 cup beef broth more if needed, see instructions below
  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 1 Tablespoon salt for cooking the noodles
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Instant Pot directions:

  • Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to pressure cooker pot and set to sauté function. Divide 1 pound beef stew meat in half and brown the first half, turning only once. Remove from pot and set on plate. Brown second half of meat. 
  • Add first batch of meat back to the pressure cooker along with any juices that may have accumulated on the plate. Add 22 ounces cream of mushroom soup, 2 Tablespoon onion dip mix, and 1 cup beef broth. Stir to mix. Note: if your Instant Pot gives you burn notices, you may want to increase the beef broth to prevent that from happening.
  • Close lid and set to high pressure for 15 minutes. When done, allow to release naturally. 
  • While meat is cooking, cook 8 ounces egg noodles in large pot of salted boiling water to al dente doneness, drain, and set aside. Note: I recommend using egg noodles but in the video, the recipe was made with traditional pasta. Either works.
  • To serve, top egg noodles with beef and mushroom mixture or simply stir the noodles into the beef gravy mixture.

Stove top directions:

  • Brown meat in heavy bottom pot over medium high heat using same procedure. Once all ingredients (not the egg noodles which will need to be cooked separately) have been added to pot, cover and allow to braise at a simmer for at least an hour. When done, stir in the drained cooked noodles.

Slow cooker directions:

  • Brown meat in heavy bottom pot over medium high heat using same procedure. Transfer to slow cooker with remaining ingredients (not the egg noodles which will need to be cooked separately). Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or low (recommended) for 6-8 hours. When done, stir in the drained cooked noodles.


  • Choosing the best ingredients:
    • Cream of mushroom: I highly recommend Trader Joe’s Portabella Cream of Mushroom soup. Every fall I buy enough to last all year because it’s a seasonal item. Pacific Foods makes a good version too. I find that Campbell’s is thicker and may require thinning. You may need to add additional liquid to avoid the burn notice on the Instant Pot.
    • Beef broth: I also highly recommend making your own roasted beef broth and storing it in the freezer in quart sized containers. I always have some on hand! Otherwise, your favorite store bought beef broth works fine.
    • Beef: Stew meat works best for this recipe but any cut that says chuck (chuck roast, chuck shoulder, chuck eye-roast, etc.) will work as long as you cut them into bite sized pieces and remove most of the fat. Beef tips are another great option.
  • Instant Pot burn notice: I’ve had many readers that tell me they get the burn notice when making my beef and noodles recipe. That has never happened to me, however this is easily preventable by increasing the amount of beef broth you use.
  • Searing the meat: For the best flavor, it is important you properly sear the meat. That often means you’ll need to sear the beef in small batches in order to keep the pan super hot and prevent crowding which would result in tough steamed meat, rather than meat with a nice browned sear.
  • Freezing: This recipe can easily be frozen, so feel free to double or triple the recipe for future leftovers. Just make everything as written except for the noodles. Chill in the refrigerator and then freeze in an air tight container.
  • Reheating: Fully thaw before reheating. I recommend either reheating in a covered pot on the stove over low heat or in the microwave on 50% power in 1 minute increments.


Calories: 568kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 143mg, Sodium: 1682mg, Potassium: 645mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Calcium: 42mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally posted in October 2018 and has been updated with additional process photos, helpful information, and cooking tips. Don’t worry – I didn’t change the recipe!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this on 6/12/2024 and found it to be very delicious. Thank you for putting this recipe online for all to enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious – this recipe is a keeper. I didn’t have instant onion soup mix so I chopped some onions. Husband love it!

  3. 4 stars
    I was fairly happy with the way this recipe turned out. I added onions, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce because I like a lot of flavor. I made it in the instant pot and had no problem with getting the burn notice. I did not stir the soup into the meat and liquid though, I just spooned it on top. I did feel two cans of soup made too much gravy for one pound of meat so next time I will use just one. Fresh mushrooms would have been great with this. The recipe was a very easy, quick and perfect for a weeknight meal. I will definitely be making it again.

  4. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried it yet but it seems easy and will taste good. I like that it has different ways to cook it and all seems like something that I will love for my family to have.

  5. 5 stars
    The best beef tips and noodles I’ve ever had! I went with the stove top method so I could control the consistency. I ended up using two cans of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, thinned it out with beef broth, and it was still delicious. Next time I plan on adding chopped mushrooms.

  6. Making this in a crockpot. Reading others’ comments, if you are using the Trader Joe’s condensed cream of mush soup, do you need to add water or is that 8 oz of beef broth enough liquid? You said you were going to revise the recipe. Is it revised? I’m just seeing this now. Also, do you cut up the chuck roast in cubes after it’s seared or when the meat is done cooking? Thank you.

    1. Hi Barb, I cut the roast into bite sized pieces before I sear it. The recipe has already been revised so it should have worked as written. I don’t add water – only the beef broth. Did you make it? Curious how it turned out for you.