My version of ground beef stroganoff gives new meaning to delicious food that’s super easy to make.
Quick and Easy Family Dinner
You’ll need to make enough for seconds when you serve it at your next family dinner.
Not only can you make it with a few ingredients, but it also doesn’t take long from start to finish. It’s a delicious comfort food.
You can have the family dinner on the table in a flash. Fortunately, this is easy to make because it’s a favorite meal at our house.
There may be times when you have a pound of ground beef in the freezer, but you’re not sure what to do with it.
You might be tired of the same-old dishes, so you need something new.
Although there are a lot of ground beef and pasta recipes, this one is different.
Adding the sour cream gives it that depth of flavor that makes you want to come back for more.
I enjoy my easy ground beef stroganoff as much as the mock Swiss steak that’s also easy to make.
Just as important, my husband seems happy that they’re both in my dinner rotation.
The first time I had any type of stroganoff, it wasn’t made with ground beef. Instead, it was sliced steak. I thought it was delicious.
However, when I found out how long it took the person to make it, I was intimidated. And because of that, I never thought I’d attempt it.
That was many years ago. A lot has changed since then.
As I became more confident in my kitchen skills, I realized that recipes weren’t passed down on stone tablets that couldn’t be edited.
Instead, they’re living “suggestions” about how something should—or can—be cooked.
Another delicious meal is this Crock Pot ranch chicken dinner. I consider it a comfort food and make it when I’m in the mood for tons of flavor without too much hassle.
Perfecting My Beef Stroganoff and Other Dishes
Fortunately, my husband Wally will try almost anything I put in front of him.
Even after he said he didn’t want me to make shrimp and grits, he gave it another shot.
Granted, he doesn’t love everything I cook, but he’ll at least make an attempt to eat it.
I’ve had a few near misses and outright fails. But I don’t consider that a bad thing.
Rather than push his plate away, my husband will give me constructive criticism. That way, I’ll know what he specifically likes or doesn’t like about the dish.
Fortunately, he doesn’t criticize what I cook too often, so when he does, I listen. But he still eats whatever I cook, even when it’s not his favorite.
The first time I made beef stroganoff, I followed the recipe to a “T,” in spite of the difficulty. After all that, Wally informed me that it was too sour.
I tasted it and agreed with him, so the next time I made it I used less sour cream. To our delight, we both loved it.
Aha Moment with Ground Beef Stroganoff
Unfortunately, it took a couple of hours to make, which is why I didn’t make it that way again.
Then I had it at a restaurant and realized it didn’t have to be as complicated as my original recipe made it.
So I dug deep into my well of kitchen experience and came up with a much faster, simpler way of making it. There is something to be said about experience and learning faster ways of doing things.
Sometimes I get teased about being the queen of shortcuts. But that’s a good thing, right?
Since I had thawed ground beef that I needed to cook, that’s what I used instead of the sliced steak. Wally and I both thought it was as good as the other, so that’s what I make now.
In spite of its deliciousness, my ground beef stroganoff is surprisingly easy to make. You’ll only need a few ingredients.
Since I use gluten-free pasta, I pull out whatever is in my cupboard. It’s often difficult to find a specific style of pasta that I need.
Ground Beef Stroganoff Ingredients
For this version of ground beef stroganoff, you’ll need ground beef, of course.
I purchase grass-fed ground beef whenever possible, but you can use any ground beef.
Then you’ll need pasta, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and sour cream.
I also like to add mushrooms to mine because they add a lot of extra flavor and texture.
How to Make Ground Beef Stroganoff
First of all, brown the ground beef. I use a hamburger chopper to separate the meat while it browns.
Next, drain the ground beef and put it back in the skillet.
Then, pour the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce over the beef and add the sour cream. Not only does this add flavor but it also thickens the gravy.
If you choose to include mushrooms, add them now. Although the broth and Worcestershire sauce are salty, you can add more now if it’s not enough.
Finally, add the pasta and cook until the noodles are the texture you like. I prefer them thoroughly cooked but still firm (also known as al dente).
See how easy it is to make ground beef stroganoff?
Now all you have to do is put it on a plate, add your favorite vegetables, and you have a delicious, nutritious meal.
Surprisingly, you don’t need an oven for either one.
- 8 ounces pasta (I used elbow pasta)
- 1 pound of ground beef (preferably grass-fed, organic)
- 2 cups beef broth
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 small can mushrooms, drained (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Brown the ground beef on medium high. Drain the beef and add it back to the pan.
- Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and stir well. Turn the heat to medium.
- Add the sour cream and stir.
- Stir in the mushrooms, salt, and pepper if you choose to add them.
- Add the pasta and stir. Simmer until the pasta is done.
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 339Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 84mgSodium 507mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 25g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.