When you think comfort food, maybe your mind goes to mac and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs. But don’t sleep on egg noodles—they’re soft, chewy, a little bit rich and the ideal blank slate for everything from chow mein to tuna noodle casserole.

What are egg noodles?

Egg noodles are a type of noodle made from eggs and flour. In grocery stores, they’re frequently (but not always) cut into wide ribbons and sold dried, and they’re a staple in Jewish, German, Asian and Turkish cuisines. That also means there’s a variety of egg noodle types—from the spiral-shaped noodles you’ll find in kugel to the long, springy noodles in lo mein.

Wondering what to make with egg noodles? Lucky you: We have 23 tasty ideas, from beef stroganoff to chickpea noodle soup.

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1. Easy 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
The only other thing you’ll need to round out this streamlined meal? A glass of red wine.

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2. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Time Commitment: 6 hours, 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: slow cooker recipe, one pot, high protein, kid-friendly
Make dinner before you even make breakfast.

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3. Salmon Noodle Bowls with Chili-Yuzu Relish and Pickled Radishes

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, beginner-friendly
FYI, this one is adaptable to whatever leftover vegetables you have lingering in the refrigerator in place of the radish.

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Mom on Timeout

4. Chicken and Noodles

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly
Not to be confused with chicken noodle soup, chicken and noodles is creamy and eaten with a fork. (It’s kind of like the inside of a chicken pot pie, but with egg noodles.)

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The Modern Proper

5. Chicken Chow Mein

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, high protein
Stir-frying the noodles gives them a chance to soak up all that flavorful sauce.

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Damn Delicious

6. Salisbury Steak Meatballs

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, kid-friendly, make ahead
Who needs red sauce when you can have onion-y, savory gravy?

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Pinch of Yum

7. Chicken Tetrazzini

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, under 500 calories
If you didn’t grow up eating this casserole, now’s your chance to try it. It’s cheesy, creamy and rich, thanks to Parmesan and a little white wine.

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Foodie Crush

8. Swedish Meatballs

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, under 500 calories
Like IKEA, but better.

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The Recipe Critic

9. Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, under 500 calories, high protein
Baby boomers love it, and for good reason. It’s easy to make, economical and packed with protein.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

10. Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly
You can never have too many versions of this comfort food in your back pocket. Plus, this one is ready in all of 30 minutes.

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RecipeTin Eats

11. Chicken Stroganoff

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, high protein, low carb, ready in <30 minutes
Swap the beef for chicken and suddenly it’s a brand-new dish.

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12. Cabbage and Noodles

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly
Aka haluski, a classic Eastern European recipe that you can make in one pot. It’s flavorful without a ton of effort or extra ingredients (thank you, kielbasa).

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Well Plated by Erin

13. Instant Pot Beef and Noodles

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: instant pot recipe, crowd-pleaser, high protein
Meet beef stroganoff’s cousin. This Midwestern dish is just as cozy, but with a broth-based sauce that’s not quite as decadent.

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14. Herbed Turkey Stroganoff

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, high protein
Speaking of stroganoff, you can make it with any protein (or even mushrooms).

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The Recipe Critic

15. Simple and Easy Pörkölt (Hungarian Stew)

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, high protein, beginner-friendly
If you can make beef stew, you can make this mouthwatering, paprika-spiced number.

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How Sweet Eats

16. Chicken Egg Drop Soup

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, high protein
It’s all our favorite soups in one, with egg noodles for good measure.

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Spoon Fork Bacon

17. Lamb Meatballs with Egg Noodles

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, beginner-friendly
You can (and should) make the meatballs ahead and freeze them for a weeknight meal. Sounds fancy, is actually foolproof.

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The Mom 100

18. Kugel

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly
Noodle kugel is a traditional Jewish dish with egg noodles and custardy base. You can bet we’re going back for seconds.

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Dinner at the Zoo

19. Beef Noodle Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, beginner-friendly
Sometimes a simple, crowd-pleasing comfort food is exactly what you need.

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20. Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser
It’s even quicker if you have a leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge.

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21. One-Skillet French Onion Chicken

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, one skillet, high protein
It has all the flavors of the soup you crave, plus chicken to make it a heartier meal. All you need are egg noodles to serve with it.

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22. Chickpea Noodle Soup

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, beginner-friendly
Who said vegetarians don’t like comfort food?

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Ambitious Kitchen

23. One-Pot Cheesy Mushroom Spinach Beef Pasta

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, one pot
It takes less than an hour to make, dirties a single pot and will even win over picky kids. Need we say more?

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