This old fashioned beef and noodles dinner features tender chunks of sirloin steak smothered in a luxurious brown gravy and placed on top of a bed of egg noodles.
Craving some hearty comfort food? Craft this classic dish featuring tender beef smothered in rich gravy over a bed of egg noodles. This is a stick-to-your-ribs meal the whole family will enjoy.
What is it?
Beef and noodles is packed with tender cuts of steak that are smothered in a luxurious sauce and slathered over tender egg noodles. The base of the sauce is a simple old fashioned brown gravy, just like your grandma made. No need for any cream of mushroom soup here!
The flavor gets ramped up with the addition of fresh sage, Worcestershire sauce, and a bit of soy sauce. This savory combination really takes the gravy to the next level!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Sirloin beef steak - Other tender cuts of steak can also be used. Avoid tough cuts or fatty cuts such as a chuck roast and most stew meat. You could even change the recipe to use ground beef instead and add some sour cream, like ground beef stroganoff.
- Cooking oil - Olive oil, canola oil, or other vegetable oil can be used.
- Beef broth - Beef stock can also be substituted. If you are salt-sensitive, I recommend using a low sodium beef broth, which will give you more control over how much salt is added.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soy sauce
- Fresh sage - You can swap out other fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or fresh parsley as well. Garlic powder can also be added.
- Egg noodles - Regular uncooked egg noodles or any pasta noodle, such as fettuccini can be used. Bonus points if you make your own homemade noodles.
How to make it
To make this old fashioned beef and noodles recipe you need to do three things. Cook the noodles, sear the steak, and make the gravy. Simple enough, right? The noodles can be boiled in a large pot while you sear the beef and make the gravy. Simply read the package instructions and cook them accordingly, then drain and set the cooked noodles aside.
Tackle the steak first by searing it with cooking oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Let the steak sit in the pan to develop a good sear and then turn the pieces to brown both sides. Letting a few pieces char slightly will also add great texture.
Next, you need to make the gravy. This begins by making a roux, which is a mixture of butter and flour that is cooked over low heat in the skillet, or a separate saucepan. Whisk the roux during the three minutes it cooks to ensure the flour does not burn.
At this point, liquid can be added. Dribble the beef broth in a little at a time, stirring it in completely prior to adding more. This will prevent lumpy gravy. Repeat until all of the beef broth, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce has been added.
Finally, add the sage, salt, and black pepper. Let the gravy simmer for 10 minutes, or until it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. The cooking time can vary.
Now your hearty dinner is ready to come together. Combine beef steak with the gravy and slather the gravy and beef mixture on top of egg noodles.
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Beef and noodles
- While preparing gravy and searing sirloin, boil the noodles according to package instructions.
- Add cooking oil to a large skillet set over medium high heat and sear sirloin chunks until well browned and beginning to char slightly. Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside.
- Reduce the heat to low and melt the butter. Then sprinkle in flour to form a roux. Mix continually to prevent the roux from burning until it begins to turn nutty in color, approximately 3 minutes.
- Slowly dribble in beef broth while continuing to stir, ensuring it fully incorporates before any additional liquid is added. Continue to add liquid until all beef broth, Worcestershire, and soy sauce have been added. Scrape loose any browned bits on the bottom of the pan and let incorporate into the gravy.
- Add fresh ground pepper and sage leaves to the gravy and let gently simmer for 10 minutes, or until it has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. The sage leaves can be removed.
- Once the gravy has thickened to your liking, taste for salt and adjust if needed. Add sirloin chunks to the gravy and stir to combine.
- Serve by placing a bed of egg noodles on a plate and top generously with sirloin chunks and gravy.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com on September 19, 2019.