Ground Beef Stroganoff

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An quick variation on a traditional stroganoff. Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff has a creamy mushroom sauce that is excellent for serving over noodles or rice.

When Matt and I were first married, we lived on Hamburger Helper. It’s not that I didn’t know how to cook. After all, I cooked dinner quite often while I was in high school.

Hamburger Helper was cheap, easy and would serve us for two nights. And when you are a young teacher and your husband is still in school and also works, you need all the shortcuts you can get.

The recipe we’re sharing today reminds me of my Hamburger Helper days. But this one is homemade and tastes 100% better.

plate of beef stroganoff with mushrooms

What you’ll love about this dinner recipe:

  • uses one pound of ground beef
  • no cream soups
  • ready in 45 minutes
  • makes just 4 servings
  • make with mushrooms…or skip them!

This recipe is perfect if you have a pound of ground beef in your freezer and are looking for something different to make with it.

What is beef stroganoff?

Beef stroganoff is traditionally a Russian dinner that has hundreds of variations today. It can be made with beef cubes or strips, but in our case today, we’re keeping it simple with lean ground beef.

Stroganoff is known for its creamy beef sauce that is traditionally served over noodles. Ours is filled with mushrooms and onions for a boost of flavor.

ingredients for beef stroganoff

How to Make Stroganoff with Ground Beef

**Note: If your ground beef is frozen and you need to know how to thaw it, here are some tips.**

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until no pink is left.
ground beef in skillet with onions
  • Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
browned ground beef and mushrooms in skillet
  • Stir in the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the sour cream and heat through.
ground beef and mushrooms with sour cream in skillet
  • Cook the egg noodles according to the package directions.
  • Serve stroganoff over a bed of egg noodles garnished with chopped fresh parsley.
ground beef stroganoff sauce in cast iron skillet

Can you freeze ground beef stroganoff?

Sour cream does not freeze well, so we don’t recommend freezing this beef stroganoff.

However, if you want to turn this into a freezer meal, make the recipe up to step 5. Then allow the sauce to cool and freeze. When you are ready to serve the stroganoff, heat the sauce and mix in the sour cream.

overhead shot of plate of beef stroganoff

What goes with beef stroganoff?

A side salad, Italian green beans and fresh fruit are always a good idea with beef stroganoff, but what we really love are fresh rolls to dip in the creamy sauce. Here’s our favorites:

A bowl of pasta sits on a plate, with Beef
A bowl of pasta sits on a plate, with Beef

Ground Beef Stroganoff

5 from 1 vote
An quick variation on a traditional stroganoff. Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff has a creamy mushroom sauce that is excellent for serving over noodles or rice.
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 small onions (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • cooked egg noodles
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until no pink is left.
  • Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the sour cream and heat through.
  • Cook the egg noodle according to the package directions.
  • Serve stroganoff over a bed of egg noodles garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 4, with 1 serving being ¼ of the stroganoff sauce (no noodles included). Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 1013mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4mg
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Calories 408
Keyword comfort food, easy dinner recipe

Photography by Siân C Photography

pile of beef stroganoff with noodles and a fork

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you thicken stroganoff sauce?

In theory, this sauce should be thick enough with the sour cream added in. If for some reason it isn’t, there are two different things you can do. The first would be to whisk together two tablespoons of beef stock and a tablespoon or two of cornstarch. Drizzle this into the sauce and mix to thicken. If you happen to have a can of cream of chicken soup, you could also add that. (Don’t dilute the soup, just add it condensed.)

What cut of meat is best for stroganoff?

We use ground beef for this recipe so that it is quick and easy. We prefer a lean ground beef, at least 93% lean. Traditionally, sirloin or ribeye are great options for beef stroganoff.

What noodles do you use for beef stroganoff?

Egg noodles are quick and easy to serve with stroganoff. We prefer the No Yolk brand. For more of a home style, use Amish style flour noodles or Reames noodles.

What can I substitute for sour cream in beef stroganoff?

You could use heavy cream (may need thickening), cream cheese or cream of mushroom soup in place of the sour cream.

Can you reheat beef stroganoff?

Sour cream generally doesn’t reheat very well, which is why this recipe makes just 4 servings of stroganoff. However, if you have leftover stroganoff sauce, reheat slowly in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so so one part of the sauce doesn’t heat too quickly.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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