Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup

Hearty and delicious, this flavorful slow cooker beef vegetable noodle soup couldn’t be easier! Everything (including the noodles!) cooks right in the slow cooker. 

top down view of slow cooker beef vegetable noodle soup with spoon in gray ceramic bowl

I’ve already declared that January exists (and is manageable) largely because of soup. And this slow cooker beef vegetable noodle soup only confirms that. 

First of all, everything cooks in the slow cooker. Yes, that means the noodles, too. This saves time, dishes, and a whole lot of sanity. In fact, nerdy as it sounds, it makes me very, very happy to say: go ahead! live on the edge! throw those uncooked noodles in the slow cooker and walk away! 

I promise it all works out in a very hearty, delicious, flavorful way. Those tender chunks of beef + noodles + vegetables + slow cooked seasonings and broth are fantastic. 

And with all the rage around Instant Pots and pressure cookers these days, isn’t it time we gave the slow cooker a chance to shine again?

white slow cooker filled with beef vegetable noodle soup

We already have chicken noodle soup, why not beef noodle soup? With vegetables! And in the slow cooker! I think it is a very good idea.

This slow cooker soup definitely has a beef stew vibe to it (especially if you choose to thicken it at the end – details below). And the noodles are a totally pleasant and wonderful addition. 

It is so, so yummy and the perfect, EASY meal for these frigid months. 

Into the slow cooker

You’re going to add:

  • the beef (stew meat or a cubed chuck/arm roast)
  • the vegetables (onions, carrots, and celery)
  • the seasonings (thyme, basil, bay leaf, garlic, salt)
  • the diced tomatoes (not pictured because my brain was somewhere else; I add them later – don’t be like me)

top down view of beef, veggies, and seasonings in slow cooker

Then pour in some good old-fashioned beef broth.

Actually I’m not sure that beef broth is old-fashioned, but either way, you’re going to need about eight cups total. Seven cups go into the soup right now; the last cup is reserved to help thicken the soup at the end of cooking. 

adding beef broth to slow cooker for beef vegetable noodle soup

It doesn’t look like much, but you’re house is going to smell really, really good while it’s cooking. 

Also, last reminder: don’t forget the tomatoes. I remembered to add mine about an hour into cooking. No harm done. Phew. Glad this soup is so forgiving.

Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for about 4-5. It’s done cooking when the beef is fall apart tender and the veggies are tender.

top down view of beef broth added to slow cooker for beef noodle soup

Cooking Pasta in the slow cooker

Now for the fun part. Add the uncooked egg noodles right into the piping hot soup. Extra wide or wide noodles are appropriate and acceptable. 

Stir the soup so the noodles are mostly submerged, cover, and cook on HIGH for about 10-20 minutes until the noodles are tender. The exact time will depend on the type of noodles, the brand of slow cooker, and your faith and diligence. 

It’s pretty hard to overcook them with that timeframe, so don’t overthink it. 

adding dry egg noodles to slow cooker for beef noodle soup

Make it ahead

Last week, I actually made this soup start to finish, let it cool to warm room temperature, and then I popped the whole thing in the refrigerator for two days.

It was a lifesaver on a few really busy weeknights. The noodles were slightly softer and the soup was much thicker, but it was still might tasty. 

The whole family raves about this slow cooker beef vegetable noodle soup. There’s a lot to love in that jumble of noodles and veggies.

white slow cooker filled with beef vegetable noodle soup

To thicken or not to thicken

At this point, you can stir in the peas and call it good OR you can thicken the soup just slightly. 

I like to thicken it – that’s what gives it a delicious beef stew flair. 

Whisk together cornstarch or flour into that last remaining cup of broth until there are no lumps, and then stir that mixture into the slow cooker. Keep the slow cooker on high and let everything warm through and thicken slightly for a few minutes.

adding cornstarch slurry to slow cooker for beef vegetable noodle soup

Throw in the peas. No need to let them thaw. They’ll do that on their own in the piping hot soup. 

And it’s also a great way to cool the soup down just a little if you’re serving it immediately. 

adding frozen peas to slow cooker beef vegetable noodle soup

It’s kind of pretty with all those colorful veggies. And look at the tomatoes! See? I promised I added them, and I did. I actually used fire-roasted tomatoes in this batch, and it was delicious! 

The soup will thicken a bit as it cools, especially if leftovers are refrigerated. 

This is such a delightful slow cooker meal. It’s hearty and nutritious and just straight up tasty. 

white slow cooker filled with beef vegetable noodle soup

Instant Pot Questions Answered Here

Since I know it’ll be asked (I know you guys pretty darn well!), I’m sure you could transition this to an Instant Pot recipe, but I haven’t tried it and I have the following concerns/recommendations:

  • as written, the quantities won’t fit in the popular 6-quart size so the recipe will have to be cut down
  • it’s tricky cooking beef and veggies together since the vegetables can often overcook; I’d recommend following the cooking method from this instant pot beef stew recipe OR just live on the edge and toss it all in (minus the noodles)
  • the noodles will probably have about a 2-3 minute cooking time depending on brand (for pasta in the Instant Pot, take the cooking time on the package, cut it in half and subtract two more minutes)

slow cooker beef vegetable noodle soup with spoon in gray ceramic bowl


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Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup

white slow cooker filled with beef vegetable noodle soup

Ingredients

Soup:

  • 2-3 pounds stew meat or chuck/arm roast, cubed
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) diced carrots, about 2-3 medium carrots
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) diced celery, about 3 mediums stalks
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) small diced onion or shallot
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use coarse, kosher salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 7 cups beef broth
  • 28-ounce can undrained diced tomatoes (or fire-roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 8 ounces (about 4 cups) uncooked wide or extra wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup frozen peas

To Thicken:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch OR 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth

Instructions

  1. In the insert of an 8-quart slow cooker, add the beef, carrots, celery, onion, salt, thyme, basil, bay leaf, garlic, broth, and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours until the beef is fall-apart tender.
  3. Stir in the egg noodles. Cover and cook on high until the noodles are tender, about 10-20 minutes (depending on the slow cooker).
  4. To thicken (optional), whisk together the cornstarch or flour and beef broth until smooth. Stir the mixture into the slow cooker until well-combined. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the peas and warm through. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed.

Notes

Beef Broth: you'll need two quart cartons or cans of beef broth for this recipe. You'll use seven of those cups at the beginning and save the last cup for thickening the soup at the end of cooking.

Thickening Soup: thickening the soup is optional; doing so gives it a delicious beef stew vibe.

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Recipe Source: inspired by a recipe in Southern Living Slow Cooker magazine