This Pioneer Woman beef noodle skillet is a family-friendly meal that won’t break the bank. If you’re looking for a beef dish that uses ground beef, this noodle skillet will be perfect for you.
Pioneer Woman Beef Noodle Skillet Recipe
You’ll love this Pioneer Woman beef noodle skillet recipe if you like comforting one-pan meals. This dish is homey, hearty, delicious, and perfect for any night of the week!
The Pioneer Woman beef noodle skillet is similar to my ground beef and rice skillet but Ree Drummond uses egg noodles instead of rice. The noodles pick up the sauces easily, and they include your protein and starch in one dish.
What is the Best Beef for Pioneer Woman Beef Noodle Skillet?
Ground beef is the best meat to use for this beef noodle skillet. However, you can use turkey, chicken, or ground lamb instead if you like.
Chicken and turkey are great if you are looking for a lighter protein, but beef usually has more flavor.
If you’re making this recipe for the first time, I suggest that you make it with ground beef and then try it with different meat and compare.
What Kind Of Noodles Should I Use For These Pioneer Woman Beef Noodles?
Egg noodles are the best to use in this beef noodle skillet; they are smooth and light, and they are delightful paired with the creamy sauce. If you have other types of pasta or noodles on hand, you could use them instead. Even whole wheat pasta will work in this recipe.
Unless you are using egg noodles, always check the package for the cooking time and adjust the time in the recipe accordingly.
It may also be necessary to add a little more liquid if the boiling time is longer than 10 minutes.
How Long Does This Beef Noodle Skillet Last in the Fridge?
A properly stored beef noodle skillet can last in the fridge for up to 3 days. First, you need to let your beef noodle skillet cool until it reaches room temperature. Then, you can place the noodles in airtight glass containers before putting them in the fridge.
Can I Freeze This Beef Noodle Skillet?
No, this beef noodle skillet can’t be frozen because it will become mushy after thawing. In general, pasta and noodles recipes such as this beef noodle skillet cannot be frozen or kept in the fridge for a long time. This noodle dish is always the best served right away after it is made.
What Can I Add to My Pioneer Woman Beef Noodle Skillet?
A popular addition to Pioneer Woman beef noodles is broccoli. It not only bumps up the vegetables in your meal, but it also adds some color, making this dish look especially vibrant and delicious.
However, if you don’t love broccoli, you can add cauliflower florets, sliced carrots, peas or pea pods, diced or sliced bell pepper, or asparagus. The options are almost endless.
If you add a super-quick-cooking ingredient like peas or asparagus, make sure that you add it halfway through the noodles’ cooking time so that they don’t overcook.
Can I Add Cheese to the Pioneer Woman Beef Noodle Skillet?
You can add cheese to this Pioneer Woman beef noodle skillet if you like. The cheese will make this beef noodle skillet even more creamy and delicious.
If you like, you could add cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, or a combination of both, as a topping. Cheeses such as Parmesan, mozzarella, gouda, and gruyere would complement this beef noodle skillet as well. Blue cheese is also a particularly wonderful pairing to beef.
How to Use Frozen Beef in this Beef Noodle Skillet Recipe
It’s important that you thaw frozen beef before you use it in this beef noodle skillet. Usually, frozen ground beef takes between 24 and 36 hours to completely defrost in the fridge. However, you could also thaw it in warm water or in the microwave if you prefer.
- DEFROST IN COLD WATER: To defrost ground beef in cold water, place the beef in a sealed Ziploc bag and then put it in a bowl of cold water. One pound of ground beef should defrost in 1 hour using this method.
- DEFROST IN THE MICROWAVE: It is quickest to defrost ground beef in the microwave, but it doesn’t always defrost the meat evenly. However, one of the benefits of the microwave method is that even if you just pulled the meat out of the freezer, you can start cooking dinner in about 15 minutes.
- DEFROST IN HOT WATER: Hot water is the second-quickest method, it is mostly hands-off, and it defrosts the meat fairly evenly (or at least, it doesn’t cook any of the meat while other parts are still frozen). I prefer this method! Keep checking on the meat every few minutes and breaking it up. Within 30 minutes, you’ll have defrosted ground beef!
What Sides Goes Well With Pioneer Woman Beef Noodle Skillet?
This beef noodle skillet will go well with Julienne Salad, Butternut Squash Salad, or Greek Salad. You can also serve this beef noodle skillet with Pioneer Woman Potato Salad or Pioneer Woman Chicken Pot Pie.
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- 2 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 Ib ground beef
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 12 ounces egg noodles
- 2 ½ cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ⅓ cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoon heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- Melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium heat.
- Cook the onion and garlic for 1 minute.
- Add the ground beef, and season it with salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Cook the ground beef, breaking it up until it is cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the noodles, broth, 1 cup hot water, mustard, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Mix well and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally.
- Add up to ½ cup more water if necessary until the pasta is al dente and the sauce thickens, about 12 to 15 minutes.
- Add the sour cream and heavy cream and cook for one more minute or until the pasta is tender.
- Remove the beef noodle skillet from the heat.
- Sprinkle the chives on top and serve immediately with fresh salad.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 765mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g