My husband was born and raised in Midwest , and beef and noodles is one of his favorite meal . I have only cooked beef and noodles a few times . But since we left Midwest couple of years ago , i never made them over here in South . Even back then , i hardly cooked beef and noodles . So , this weekend , he asked me if i would make him beef and noodles , and sure i said . After cooking so long , i was quite sure cooking beef and noodles shouldn’t be a hassle . It was pretty easy . And i was right .. it was easy even now . Beef and Noodles is a famous dish by the Amish people , according to my husband . I didn’t believe him , he said he was being serious , then i googled it and i believed it was true .
My beef and noodles turned out really good , since both my husband and my son said this should be a $40 dinner ! And it was so good , they both had the second plate on top of having the first place with home made dinner rolls . The beef that i picked was a good quality beef . And i do believe to make a good beef and nooldes , a good beef is required . And then it needs to be cooked slow and steady , and i simmered in the dutch oven for about 3 hours , the beef came out very tender , and one more key , not to be so cheap on the seasonings . Fresh black pepper , kosher salt , i even added red chili flakes . So anyway here is my beef and noodles
2 lbs of beef boneless chuck roast
5 garlic cloves , minced
1 large onion , chopped
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs of thyme leaves
home made noodles
1. Cut up the beef into smaller chunks , then sprinkle with fresh black pepper and kosher salt , mix well . Be generous with your seasonings .
2. Heat up olive oil , be ready to sear the beef , you don’t want to boil it , you want to sear them . After searing on all sides , remove and in the same pot , saute the onion until translucent , and then add garlic , bay leaves and thyme leaves . At this point you can add white wine if you would like to and scrape off the bottom .. or you can skip this wine , and continue by adding the meat back into the pot , with beef broth . I added about 4-5 cups of beef broth , enough to cover up the beef , then bring to boil , and then cover with the lid and simmer for 3 hours . Stirring once in a while .
3. When the beef is really tender , then you are ready to add in your home made noodles , make sure you have enough broth to cook the noodles , if not , add more water before cooking the noodles , and if you do add a lot of water you might have to adjust your seasonings .
4. After cooking the noodles , the broth should be thicken up , if it’s not thick enough , you can always add cornstarch to help to thickened it up . Chop some parsley and then sprinkle on the beef and noodles and serve with dinner rolls .
For home made noodles :
4 large eggs
2 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
If you don’t have pasta maker you still can make this home made noodles manually . Make a well in the center of the flour then add water salt and eggs , beat the eggs , then start mixing the flour into the eggs mixture until incorporated . Then knead the dough , let it sit for 20 minutes . Roll the dough with rolling pin until it’s quite thin but not too thin . Let the noodles dry and ready to be used when your beef and noodles are done cooking .