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5 from 13 votes

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.

Reader Review

Absolutely delicious, excellent for those days comfort food are needed. Even my husband who detests any type of ‘casserole’ dishes enjoyed it and will happily eat it again. Will definitely become part of our meal rotation. Thanks!

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 and about a teaspoon of lemon juice 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

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plate of beef and noodles recipe made with rigatoni noodles, ground beef, and mushrooms garnished with parsley
5 from 13 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 Calories: 654kcal (33%) Carbohydrates: 64g (21%) Protein: 26g (52%) Fat: 31g (48%) Saturated Fat: 16g (100%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 101mg (34%) Sodium: 659mg (29%) Potassium: 654mg (19%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 643IU (13%) Vitamin C: 3mg (4%) Calcium: 96mg (10%) Iron: 3mg (17%)
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. Terry says

    5 stars
    Delicious! I made this for lunch today. My husband works 2nd shift, so he’s not here for supper. Anyway, I did mine in a different order because I always cook my onions first followed with putting in the garlic for about 30 seconds to get a good cook on it. Then I put the hamburger in, seasoned it, and broke it up, allowing it to cook. We don’t drink here, so no wine, I used beef broth. I thought I had paprika, but, I guess not. I don’t eat mushrooms, never have, left those out. I had a lot of juice in my hamburger mix, not grease, so I added 4 tablespoon of flour instead of 2. Worked well! I had just over 1 pound of hamburger. Everything else was the same. I wish I had taken time to make some (homemade) rolls, would have gone great with this dish! Thank you! 😍

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m glad you guys liked it!

  2. Char says

    What can I replace the white wine with

    • Lisa Longley says

      There is a note in the post, but beef stock and about a teaspoon of lemon juice.

  3. DOROTHY says


    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried that, but I can’t think of why it wouldn’t work. It will just be a little lest creamy.

  4. Carolyn says

    5 stars
    This is delish! Thank you ! Very easy peezie 😊

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ms o glad you liked it!

  5. Kathleen Clarke says

    Since discovering your site I have made four of your recipes, Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup, Black Beans and Rice, Broccoli Pasta, and now your Beef and Noodles. All of them have been so good and this one was no exception. As you mentioned, pure comfort food, but so tasty as well. All of the recipes have also been very easy to make. The next one on the list is the Cajun Chicken Alfredo. Thank you so much for all you do! Are you by any chance putting out a cookbook?!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Kathleen, I had no idea how much I needed this comment today until I read it. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave such sweet words. There aren’t any current plans for a cookbook, but you never know what the future will bring!

  6. Kathleen Clarke says

    5 stars
    Hi Lisa! I tried replying to your response to my original review and it wouldn’t go through. I just wanted to say you are so welcome! I’m so glad my comment made your day! Your recipes have sure made mine!

  7. Michelle says

    5 stars
    Another terrific recipe! I’ll be making this again for sure. Thank you! 😊

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked this one as much as my family does!

  8. Shawn says

    If you don’t mind me asking, what other kind of smaller sized pasta can be used in these recipes with rigatoni? We don’t really care for rigatoni. Love your recipes!

    • Lisa Longley says

      This would be great with medium sized shells!

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



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