Kathie's StoryI lived in California for 28 years and completely forgot about this Indiana staple.
Yes, farm families really do eat this much starch in one meal. And it is REALLY GOOD COMFORT FOOD.
Grandma made it often, especially during cold months.
beef stew meat
each salt and pepper (if broth is salted you may not need to add salt here)
homestyle egg noodles, home made are even better
prepared mashed potatoes
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1Add oil to a large Dutch Oven over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the meat and toss to evenly coat cubes with flour. Brown half of the coated meat in hot oil. Remove from pan. Brown the remaining meat and remove. Set aside.
2In the same pan, brown the onion and garlic, adding more oil, if necessary. Drain off any excess fat. Return all meat to the pot. Stir in the broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender.
3When meat is tender, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool briefly. In the meantime, stir noodles into broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Shred beef and add back to pot with noodles. Cook, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until noodles are tender and mixture is thick. Add additional broth or water if necessary (if noodles are absorbing it all). Add salt and/or pepper if needed. Remove bay leaf.
4Serve beef and noodles over hot mashed potatoes.
Denise Stump NeeCeeS - Jan 12, 2012
Beef and noodles over mashed potatoes is a favorite at our house. For a side vegetable we like corn. On long winter days I like to cook the beef in the crockpot and have it ready by the time we are all home and ready for dinner.
Deb ~^~^~ blaithin - Jan 12, 2012
Growing up in northern Indiana we ate LOTS of beef and noodles, but we never put it over mashed potatoes for some reason. That IS a lot of starch!! ;-)
Elsie Perrett twiga13 - Jan 13, 2012
Kahtie, I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. My mother used to make this and I loved it. I never quite got it to come out like hers. Since my parents lived in Indiana for a brief time, she probably got the recipe while she was there. Thank you. I'm printing it out as I type.
Kathie Carr kathiecc - Jan 13, 2012
Elsie, I hope this the way you remember it. Its fairly standard of the Northern indiana version. Some people use more or less beef in it. With all the starch I prefer more beef. Of course you can adjust the seasonings. Enjoy!