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Easy Beef Stroganoff

Tender beef and a creamy mushroom gravy come together for this easy beef stroganoff we serve over buttery egg noodles.

Easy beef stroganoff is college student and kid-friendly and uses items from your pantry; the meal cooks in under an hour, or you can throw it in a Crockpot before your day begins.

Easy beef stroganoff served over buttery egg noodles.

In our home, we call this dish ‘bachelor stroganoff’; long before kiddos, when my husband and I were engaged, we did the whole long-distance thing. He lived in Colorado with his roommate, and I was still in Arizona. To make food stretch, the two bachelors alternated making batch meals for one another. His roommate’s specialty was meatballs, and Shariq made this recipe. I adjusted some of the ingredients, as the original was even more basic.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Butter: Butter sautés the beef and flavors the meal.
  • Beef Short Ribs: I prefer the tenderness of beef short ribs, but regular stew meat works fine for this meal if you can’t find short rib on sale. Take the time to cut the meat into strips; this helps reduce the cooking time. If you’re really in a pinch, hey, this is an easy meal recipe, right? Go ahead and use ground beef.
  • Onion: Onions caramelize to provide a tasty base for the dish.
  • Garlic: I suggest using three cloves, but don’t let my recipe tell you how much garlic to use – go for it.
  • Mushrooms: I use bella for this recipe; any mushroom will do, or you can skip them altogether if that’s not your thing.
  • Cream of Mushroom: This is a simple stroganoff recipe, so take it easy and grab a can of cream of mushroom from the store.
  • Onion Soup Mix: You could easily make this spice and herb mix at home, but Lipton’s has a convenient store-bought version.

HOW TO MAKE EASY BEEF STROGANOFF

beef seasoned with sat and pepper

SEASON – Generously season the beef with salt and pepper, and set it aside.

searing beef in a dutch oven

SEAR – Warm butter in a dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add a single layer of the reserved beef to the bottom of the dutch oven. Brown the meat and set it aside. Repeat until all the meat is seared.

adding mushrooms, onion, and garlic to cook for stroganoff

SAUTE – Next, add onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Sweat them over medium heat until they become translucent and soften.

adding cream of mushroom and onion soup mix to a dutch oven

ADD – Stir in the cream of mushroom and onion soup mix, then return the meat to the dutch oven and mix well.

returning the seared meat to the Dutch oven.

COOK – Cover and cook for about 20 minutes; stir to prevent burning.

Easy beef stroganoff served over buttery egg noodles.

SERVE – Garnish with sour cream and serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower.

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WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE – Store the leftovers in an air-tight container; stroganoff will keep for 3-4 days.
  • FREEZE – Allow the meat to cool completely, then add it to a freezer-safe container or bag. I do not recommend freezing the noodles, as they will become mushy. The beef will freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, defrost it in the fridge overnight.
  • REHEAT – To serve, warm it on the stovetop and prepare fresh eggs noodles to complete the meal.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where did beef stroganoff originate?

Named after one of the members of the Stroganov family, beef stroganoff originated in Russia; the original recipe included seasoned beef cubes sautéed in butter, simmered in a sauce comprised of mustard and broth, and topped with sour cream. While ingredients have changed throughout the years, the basic methodology is the same. Popular variations of this dish exist in China, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Can I make stroganoff in an Instant Pot?

1. Generously season the beef with salt and pepper, and set it aside.
2. Warm butter in an Instant Pot on saute mode, then add a single layer of the reserved beef to the bottom of the dutch oven. Brown the meat and set it aside. Repeat until all the meat is seared.
3. Next, add onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Sweat them over medium heat until the onions become translucent and soften.
4. Stir in the cream of mushroom and onion soup mix, then return the meat to the dutch oven and mix well.
5. Seal the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 12 minutes with a quick release.
6. Garnish with sour cream and serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower.

Can I make stroganoff in a Crockpot or slow cooker?

1. Add the beef and the rest of the ingredients to the Crockpot.
2. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours, depending on your preference.
3. To serve, garnish with sour cream and serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower.

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Easy beef stroganoff served over buttery egg noodles.

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Tressa and Shariq Jamil
Tender beef and a creamy mushroom gravy come together for this easy beef stroganoff we serve over buttery egg noodles.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 330 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds beef short ribs, boneless, cut into strips against the grain
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup bella mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 package egg noodles, cooked according to the package
  • sour cream, to garnish
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, coarse ground, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Generously season the beef with salt and pepper, and set it aside.
  • Warm butter in a dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add a single layer of the reserved beef to the bottom. Brown the meat and set it aside. Repeat until all the meat is seared.
  • Next, add onion, garlic, and mushrooms. Sweat them over medium heat until the onions become translucent and soften.
  • Stir in the cream of mushroom and onion soup mix, then return the meat to the dutch oven and mix well.
  • Cover and cook for about 20 minutes; stir to prevent burning.
  • Garnish with sour cream and serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or mashed cauliflower.

Notes

  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Further, the calculation for this recipe was made only for the stroganoff and doesn’t include the nutritional information for egg noodles or any other side dish.
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1 bowlCalories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 21gFat: 25gSodium: 586mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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Recipe Rating




RJ

Saturday 16th of July 2022

This has to be one of my favorite recipes. The flavors are rich and go really well with the noodles. The beef is always tender and flavorful.

Tressa Jamil

Monday 18th of July 2022

Two things we love about this meal; it's flavorful and easy to make. I am glad this recipe worked for you!