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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Beef Stroganoff | Easy, Comfort Food Favorite

Sometimes I wonder if you all think we eat very, um, fancy on a nightly basis.  Maybe you think our weekly menus always include beef bourguignon, lobster mac and cheese and the like.  The reality of the situation is that we eat fairly normally.  The only likely exceptional thing that occurs at our house versus most is that we eat at home at the table a lot.  And most of the time it is homemade.  I probably make dinner at home 5-6 times a week.  

Because our priority is to be around our table as a family, sometimes (a lot of the time) the food needs to be easy... otherwise, we'd end up eating out every night.  Beef Stroganoff is one of our quick-to-the-table, comfort-food-favorites.  It is basically homemade hamburger helper.  And it is delicious.  Emma cleans her plate, I clean my plate... and Mike always has seconds.  It is made in one pan + one pot of water to cook the noodles and comes together in about 20 minutes start to finish.  

I shared the dressed up version of this a couple years ago that has sliced filet of beef, shitake mushrooms with a shallot cream sauce (recipe, here) .  It is good, too, and great for company.  But, this version with ground beef is our weeknight favorite and something Mike and I both grew up having at home.

Beef Stroganoff
1 1/2 pound of ground beef
mushrooms, sliced
1/2 white onion, diced
1 can of cream of mushroom soup*
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dijon
1 cup of beef broth**
1 cup of sour cream
egg noodles

Brown beef in a large saute pan.  Meanwhile, boil a large pot of salted water to cook the noodles in.

When beef is browned, add onions and mushrooms to the pan and cook on medium until soft.  Add the can of cream of mushroom soup.*  Add worcestershire, dijon and beef broth.**  Cook on low until bubbling.  Add the sour cream just before serving.  Cook on low until heated through.

Cook noodles according to directions.  You can serve tossed with the sauce, or poured over top.

*In the past, I have made a roux from scratch instead of using the soup.  I do that buy melting butter in a small bowl, then adding flour.  I cook that until bubbly, then add to the pan with 1 cup of milk.  If you are comfortable making a roux, then go for it.  We actually prefer the can around here ; )

**My Aunt Lisa recently introduced me to Better Than Bouillon.  It is a very rich, condensed bouillon/broth paste.  It keeps in the refrigerator for ever.  Stock is something I'm always out of and this has been a lifesaver.  I buy both Chicken and Beef.  You find it in the pantry aisle at the grocery store.

Beef, onions and mushrooms sautéed.

After adding the cream of mushroom soup.

What are your family's comfort food favorites?  I would love to add to our collection of go-to's.


  1. One of our family favorites, when our kid's were little was called Chili Mac. It's similar to your recipe -- 1# ground turkey or beef, brown meat, add onions and seasonings of your choice, such as salt, onion powder, garlic powder, then add 1 large family size can and 1 small can of tomato soup, add a little brown sugar, and cook till heated through. Cook noodles of choice separately and then combine until you get the desired ratio of sauce and pasta and then sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.

    1. I love chili mac, too! And, also Chili Dogs - a favorite! I'm serious.

  2. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Jenny, I'm an accomplished cook and still love dishes like this. I have one from years ago that I occasionally make since we gobble it up. Ingredients are Kraft Mac and Cheese (yup...the blue box stuff made the usual way), ground beef, Campbell's Golden Mushroom Soup, milk, sour cream and Cheddar cheese. I'm still somewhat embarrassed to admit my fondness for it,'s just good!

  3. Chicken and rice made like a chicken and pastry recipe. Boil chicken preferable chicken breast just two and debone, then put in a Dutch oven or large pot with chicken broth canned plus additional chicken bouillon and water and ad rice and cook. I add a little tiny bit of hot sauce and pepper

  4. Love these meals! I've actually been re-reading your blog the last few days becoming re inspired! Can't wait to start cooking more this fall. :)


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