Old-Fashioned Beef and Noodles

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I love comfort food. Old-fashioned, hearty, tried and true recipes that have been around as long as we can remember. You know, the ones our grandma’s made?One of these classic is this deliciously humble old-fashioned beef and noodles.

This old-fashioned beef and noodles is home-cooked comfort food at its finest, and if you ask me, the thing that makes it so special is its simplicity. You wont find anything easier, or better tasting.

A pan of beef and noodles with a spoon in it, garnished with parsley.

The Magic of Simplicity

Old-fashioned beef and noodles is a prime example of the magic that can happen when you keep things simple. This dish relies on basic ingredients that most of us have in our kitchens at all times, making it an accessible choice for busy weeknights or perfect for when you’re just craving some down-home comfort food.

To whip up this comforting meal, you’ll need ground beef, wide egg noodles, beef broth, onions, garlic, and a few seasonings. That’s it. No fancy ingredients, no complicated techniques—just honest, hearty food.

And if you need another easy hamburger dinner idea, try this Hamburger Rice Casserole too, it’s yummy!

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Two bowls of beef and noodles with two forks criss-crossed sitting next to them.

Quick and Easy

One of the most compelling reasons why this recipe is the best is its quick and easy preparation. In a world where we often find ourselves short on time, having a go-to recipe that’s both delicious and efficient is a real lifesaver.

Here’s How It’s Done In Just 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks. This step takes only a few minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic to infuse the dish with flavor and aroma. Again, this takes just a few minutes.
  3. Stir in beef broth and seasonings and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  4. Once the sauce thickens, stir in the cooked (and drained) egg noodles.
  5. And voilà! Your hearty, homey old-fashioned beef and noodles are ready to be savored.
Two bowls of beef and noodles with antique forks and a green striped napkin.

Minimal Ingredients, Maximum Flavor

Though this recipe may have minimal ingredients, it certainly doesn’t lack in flavor. The secret lies in allowing the ingredients to meld together as they simmer, resulting in a deliciously rich and savory broth.

The hamburger meat plays a dual role here, providing both flavor and protein. It also infuses the broth with a rich, meaty taste while also adding heartiness to the dish. The wide egg noodles soak up all the savory goodness, creating a harmonious union of flavors and textures. It’s really glorius.


Leave the fat in the pan after cooking the beef, unless you’re not using lean ground beef – then drain off all but 1-2 tablespoons. The fat adds a rich flavor to the sauce.

Beef and noodles sitting in a stainless steel pan, garnished with parsley.

Of course, you can always customize this recipe to suit your taste too. Experiment with different seasonings, herbs, or vegetables to really make it your own.

Try substituting the Soy sauce for the Worcestershire, adding mushrooms or green pepper, stirring in heavy cream or cream cheese for a creamier texture, and of course, you could add cheese to the top.

And if you’ve got a taste for ground beef, you’ve got to try these homemade Smash Burgers too!


Garnish each bowl with fresh chopped parsley for brightness and color.

Two bowls of beef and noodles with antique forks and a green striped napkin.

Old-fashioned beef and noodles is a timeless comfort food that stands out for its quick and easy preparation, convenience, and the incredible flavor it delivers with minimal ingredients.

It’s the kind of dish that warms your heart and satisfies your taste buds, making it the best choice for those moments when you crave a taste of home. So, the next time you’re in need of some comfort food therapy, give this classic recipe a try—it’s a true culinary treasure.

Old-Fashioned Beef and Noodles

By: Kristine Underwood
Rediscover the charm of a homestyle favorite with this Old-Fashioned Ground Beef with Noodles recipe. This comforting dish combines seasoned ground beef and tender egg noodles in a delightful harmony of flavors, offering a timeless taste of nostalgia in every bite.
4.91 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 452 kcal


  • 3 cups egg noodles (uncooked)
  • 1 lb ground beef (lean)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 tsp minced garlic (or 3 cloves of garlic, chopped)
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth


  • In a large frying pan, over medium to medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion until fully cooked. Leave the fat in the pan.
    1 lb ground beef, 1 medium yellow onion
  • Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
    3 tsp minced garlic, 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Sprinkle flour over beef mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
    1/4 cup flour
  • Pour in beef broth and add uncooked egg noodles. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until noodles are cooked and sauce thickens. If it's too thick, add a little beef broth to thin it out.
    3 1/2 cups beef broth, 3 cups egg noodles
  • Beef and noodles will keep in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.


Serving: 1 servingCalories: 452kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 27gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1265mgPotassium: 584mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 4mg
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  1. I agree with you. Nothing beats the classics; especially ones like this hearty, comforting and fantastic beef and noodles and this one is a winner! We enjoyed every bite.5 stars

  2. This is a delightful recipe. The tender beef and noodles create a mouthwatering combination that will transport you back to grandma’s kitchen. A true taste of nostalgia! Totally saving this recipe to make again.5 stars

    1. That’s exactly how I feel too. During the fall and winter months, we have this almost once a week, haha!

  3. Such an easy and comforting meal that was perfect on a weeknight as we try to get into the swing of back to school around here!5 stars

    1. That’s what I love about it too. In fact, it’s my go-to when I have no time to cook!

  4. This is such an easy and hearty meal. It’s become one of my weekly go-to dinners. Thanks for the solid recipe!5 stars

    1. You bet, Holley! I’m so glad to hear it. We are on the weekly train with this one too – it’s just too good!

  5. Flavor was PERFECT! Thank you for this simple beef noodle recipe, will be making this again.5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Lana! I appreciate it so much – glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  6. We love noodles for weeknight dinners and this recipe is perfect. So easy to make and it’s very delicious.5 stars

    1. Me too, Gianne! Thanks so much, really glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  7. Sara Welch says:

    Enjoyed this for dinner last night and it was a savory success! Turned out easy, hearty and delicious; definitely, a new favorite recipe!5 stars

    1. Oh, this is great news, Sara! And thank you so much – it’s a favorite over here too!

  8. Yummy! This was a great weeknight meal!5 stars

  9. I love the simple flavors of this beef and noodles. It’s a classic, very good. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Biana! I appreciate it, glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  10. This recipe is just the type of hearty comfort food I love to eat heading into fall. This was so simple and so yummy, I’ll be making this again soon.5 stars

    1. Yes, Anjali! I’m so glad – it’s a staple in our house all winter long too!

  11. LauraJean says:

    Thank you for the way you write a few recipes with the ingredients and amounts under each step. I’m actually in the process of making it now and it looks delicious. It drives me crazy when I have to keep scrolling back to see how much of everything you need so thank you again for this and I wish everybody wrote a recipe like this.5 stars

    1. Hi LauraJean! Thank YOU for this sweet comment. I’m so glad you find it helpful – I know it sure helps me when I’m cooking and baking. 🙂

  12. Old-fashioned beef and noodles would be the way my grandmother and great-grandmother made them: Hand rolled and cut fresh noodles. It does make a difference.5 stars

    1. Hi Rick! Oh my gosh, yes—it sure does. Homemade noodles are without a doubt the way to go for any meal, in my opinion, if you have the time. Delicious!