Old Fashioned Beef and Noodles
There are lots of wonderful old recipes that bring back lovely memories of church socials and family reunions. Home fried chicken, baked beans, sugar cream pie, lasagna, five cup salad, mashed potatoes, somebody’s heavenly freezer corn. Who didn’t pile their plate high with more food than they could possibly eat just because it all looked and smelled so good? And you knew it was going to taste like a million bucks because every dish was made with love.
Today’s old fashioned recipe features the perfect pot of beef & noodles. It seems it was always very brothy at these get-togethers and the meat was always shredded, but it always tasted great. I don’t recall my mom or grandma ever making this, but that didn’t stop me from giving it a go. Over the years I’ve perfected the dish. Not too runny, not too dry. And with tender chunks of roast rather than shreds. Because some bites you want just noodles or just meat or a mix of the two together. If the meat is shredded and thoroughly incorporated, you can’t do that. Jimmie and Noah will tell you my beef & noodles are the best. 😊
Old Fashioned Beef & Noodles
There are all kinds of egg noodles from which to choose and it’s nice to change it up every now and then. For Jimmie, the smaller the noodle, the better. Noah, a Kluski noodle is the best, but both love it either way, though neither likes No Yolk noodles, nor very wide flat noodles. One of these days I’ll give making noodles from scratch a try, but for now and in this recipe there’s no need as long as you can find good egg noodles at your local grocers. If you’re a great noodle maker, use them! Just be sure they’re well dried.
This recipe is for a single batch, but the pictures show a double. I buy approximately the same sized roast no matter how many noodles I intend to cook, but don’t use all of it in a single batch. Also, I always cook my roasts from frozen. They turn out wonderfully tender this way.
Serve with mashed potatoes (quick directions for making the best), if desired.
However, if you want the meat shredded and mixed in everywhere, you can do that too!
Savor the things that make your heart sing – the love of family and friends, good food, and prosperous times. Above all, thank God for every blessing no matter how small. 😊