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Beef and Noodles

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posted: 08/09/20

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Beef and Noodles is a creamy comfort dish that your whole family will love! Done in about 30 minutes, this is a perfect weeknight dinner win.

plate of beef and noodles recipe made with rigatoni noodles, ground beef, and mushrooms garnished with parsley

I have another dinner win for you today! This recipe is done in 35 minutes, made with simple ingredients, and is loaded with flavor. It is comfort food at it’s finest and your family will love it.

I’m so happy that you all can’t see me as I take photos of the food you see. Not only is my hair usually in the mad scientist category, so often I am sneaking bites of what I’m shooting. It just looks too good!

This Beef and Noodle recipe was no exception. The creamy deep flavor is irresistible, and I know you are going to make this a regular in your family’s rotation.

Beef and Noodles Ingredients

These simple ingredients come together to make the most perfect comfort food!

  • Ground Beef
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Flour
  • White Wine
  • Heavy Cream
  • Milk
  • Noodles
  • Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
overhead view of a skillet of noodles and beef

Cooking with Wine

I love cooking with wine, because it is such an easy way to add depth of flavor to a recipe. If you are new to cooking with wine, here are two things to consider.

  1. Don’t buy wine that is labeled cooking wine. The flavor tends to have a more vinegar taste that will intensify with cooking.
  2. Use a wine you would drink a glass of. Since the flavor gets deeper with cooking, you want something you really like.

Pro Tip: You don’t have to break the bank! You can get the cheaper varieties that come in small bottles of four. That way you can use a little without opening a whole bottle.

Alternatives to Wine

If you or someone you are cooking for doesn’t drink wine, you can substitute beef stock for it in this recipe. It will have a slightly different flavor, but will still be delicious.

overhead view of an oval plate that is holding ground beef and noodle recipe garnished with parsley

Cooking Noodles

When adding pasta to dishes, I like to offer tips on cooking it. I know it seems straight forward, but there are a few details that can make a big difference.

  • Make sure you use enough water. A pound of noodles requires 4 quarts of water.
  • Bring the water to a roaring boil before adding noodles.
  • Salt the water. I like to add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of kosher salt.
  • Before adding the noodles make a note of the cooking time for that noodle on the box. Cooking time varies, so make sure you look.
  • At the bottom of the cooking time range (ie at 10 minutes on a noodle that says 10 to 12 minutes), check a noodle. It should have a little bite to it left. It should not be super soft.
  • FOR THIS RECIPE: Make sure you pull out some of that starchy cooking water.
  • Immediately drain the noodles.

If at the end of the recipe the noodles are all clumped together, you can rinse them in warm water for 30 seconds. They will loosen up and be easier to stir into your recipe.

Saving Time On This Recipe

There are a few important tips that help you save time in this recipe.

  • Start the pasta water before you do anything else. You are boiling a whole pound, so it will take time for the water to come to a boil and the noodles to cook.
  • Buy pre sliced mushrooms. I love the baby bellas that are pre-sliced. It cuts a decent chunk of time.
  • Once the beef is cooking, use that time to measure out the spices, flour, wine, milk and cream.
close up overhead of a skillet filled with beef and noodles recipe that has two pieces of garlic toast sticking out of it

Other Great Pasta Dishes

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plate of beef and noodles recipe made with rigatoni noodles, ground beef, and mushrooms garnished with parsley
5 from 2 votes

Beef and Noodles

Serves: 6 servings
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Beef and Noodles is a creamy comfort dish that your whole family will love! Done in about 30 minutes, this is a perfect weeknight dinner win.


  • 1 pound ground beef I used 80/20
  • 8 ounces baby mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound rigatoni noodles (Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.)
  • fresh curly parsley chopped (optional)


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt. Add the noodles and cook according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • Heat a large skillt over medium heat. Add the ground beef, breaking it up.
  • Once the beef is cooking dice the onion, slice the mushrooms, and mince the garlic. Measure out the salt, paprika, and black pepper.
  • After the meat is completely broken up and has browned on the outside, add the onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Saute for 5 to 8 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft. Drain the excess grease. Season with salt and peper, and add in the paprika. Whisk in the flour.
  • Add in the white wine, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in the heavy cream and milk. Bring to a simmer and cook on low for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the drained noodles. Add a little reserved pasta water if necessary to loosen up the sauce. Serve with freshly chopped parsley and enjoy!
Serving: 2cups
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


plate of beef and noodles recipe made with rigatoni noodles, ground beef, and mushrooms garnished with parsley

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  1. Carl Pirro says

    Yummy Lisa, sounds great.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it, Carl!

  2. Kristin M Brockman says

    5 stars
    This looks & sounds delicious! A very comforting meal!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope your family loves it, Kristin!

  3. Debra Keleher says

    5 stars
    Yummy dishes family loved it
    Thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad to hear that Debra!

  4. Jeri Promer says

    What kind of noodle did you use

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sorry about that Jeri! It should have been noted in the recipe. I used Rigatoni.

  5. Kent A says

    Nice recipe! This looks very similar to a seashell pasta casserole that my mom used to make, so I can’t wait to try it. Just one extra note: cooking wine not only tastes more vinegary, it’s required by law to have lots of salt to make it undrinkable which IMO makes it almost useless for cooking as well.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oooo, thank you for this, Kent! I didn’t know this!

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