So I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought, that is too easy not to try it. I had to make alterations to fit my family’s taste. So glad we did. The meat was ridiculously tender! The gravy rich and delicious! The perfect meal which took so very little effort to make. In fact, all you really need is just a little time. As I am writing this blog post, I am actually eating another plate that I heated up in the microwave. Let me tell you, it is just as good as when it first came out of the oven! So here goes!
Printable Recipe: Tender Beef Chunks & Noodles
2 lb beef boneless chuck roast (or 2 lbs beef stew meat)
1 dry packet of onion soup mix
1 dry packet of brown gravy
10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup (alternatively, you could use cream of mushroom)
1 cup water
1 package wide egg noodles (omitted from photo of ingredients)
1 stick of butter/margarine (omitted from photo of ingredients)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Cut meat into chunks less than one-inch in size. A little fat is good. Thick, hard slabs of fat, not so much. Just cut out around those icky hard fat parts. You can certainly purchase pre-cut beef stew meat however it would have cost almost $5.00 more just for the meat! If you have a good pair of kitchen scissors, save a few bucks. You can cut the meat exactly to the size you want and you can also avoid those gross big hard chunks of fat. Arrange meat in as close to a single layer as you can in a 9×13 glass baking dish.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together onion soup mix, brown gravy, cream of chicken and water with a whisk.
Pour over beef chunks. Gently stir to ensure all beef chunks are coated. Cover tightly with foil. All the work it takes to make these tender beef chunks is officially over. How stupid easy is that?! I am loving it!
Bake for 3 hours. Do not remove foil. Do not stir. Yep, this is the hard part. I’m a peeker. I keep my oven light on anytime I am baking so I can see the magic in the oven. The savory scent that emitted from the oven made us all struggle with not taking a quick look under the foil. Our teenage son swore he was starving to death and couldn’t wait any longer. Smelling the amazing aroma made it so unbearable for all of us. I think we all were a little faint the last hour it was cooking. But we stood strong and braved the intoxicating scent of heavenly beef cooking and didn’t peek at all, nope, not once! I believe that was the hardest part of this entire meal, lol!
20 minutes before the 3 hours is up, boil a package of wide egg noodles following the package directions. Drain. Place the noodles back into the empty pot and and add 1 stick of butter to the hot noodles. Give it a stir to ensure all the noodles are buttered up. Spoon a hearty portion of noodles onto your plate.
Remove beef chunks from the oven and stir. Spoon beef chunks and gravy over your noodles. At this point you are crazy with anticipation having had to deny yourself a peek while taking in the incredible smell of your tender beef chunks cooking for the past 3 hours. So don’t wait a second later, take a huge bite, close your eyes and rumble out “Mmmmmmmm” for a good long 30 seconds. It really is that good! The best part is that the entire meal feeds 6-8 adults and costs less than $14.00!
UPDATE: I received a comment that it didn’t take 3 hours to bake…in my oven it does for it to be completely fork tender. You may need to adjust as needed for your oven.