The Best Kid Approved Easy Beef Stroganoff

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Introduction to Easy Beef Stroganoff

I have said it before and I will say it again. I adore an easy recipe with minimal ingredients.  Easy Beef Stroganoff is all of that, offering a perfect blend of tender chunks of beef, creamy gravy, and a quick cook time. Not only is it kid friendly, but it’s also delicious, making it a stellar choice for a late night when time is of the essence yet a satisfying dinner is still on the agenda.

The beauty of this easy beef stroganoff recipe lies in its flexibility. Whether your preference leans towards traditional egg noodles or a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes, this dish accommodates, proving itself versatile to suit varied palates. You can even get creative with the recipe, tweaking it to your liking, which assures that it never grows stale on the dinner rotation. It’s this adaptability that makes this recipe a staple in my kitchen.

This is one of my favorite recipes.  It’s a quick version of a classic meal and is the best beef stroganoff recipe in my humble opinion.  Granted, I have never had traditional beef stroganoff so I may not know what I am missing.  But that’s ok, because I have this great recipe that my kids ask for monthly 🙂

Key Takeaways:

  • Family Classic: Easy Beef Stroganoff is a timeless meal that brings comfort and satisfaction to any dinner table.
  • Quick Preparation: With its straightforward recipe, this dish is ideal for busy weeknights, ensuring a delightful meal without spending hours in the kitchen.
  • Adaptable for All: The versatility of Beef Stroganoff means it can be easily modified to cater to different tastes and preferences.

Choosing the Right Ingredients for Easy Beef Stroganoff

I always use beef stew meat when I prepare this recipe for easy beef stroganoff. It’s easy to work with, tender and already cut up, making it perfect for this dish.  You can also use sirloin steak, flank steak or rib eye if you prefer.  Along with the beef, I use cream of mushroom soup.  Sometimes I will add extra mushrooms to the dish.

 I normally use pre-sliced button or cremini mushrooms.  The creamy component of the stroganoff, cream cheese, is where you can get creative. If you’re looking to lighten up the dish, I’ve had good success with using Greek yogurt as a substitute. It still gives that creaminess but with less fat. For those who are lactose intolerant or avoiding dairy, I recommend trying a plant-based sour cream alternative to maintain that creamy texture. 

I always remind fellow cooks that the beauty of a home-cooked meal lies in personalizing it to your tastes. Love garlic? Add an extra clove or two. Don’t really like mushrooms?  Change out the cream of mushroom soup for cream of celery. Don’t be afraid to tailor the recipe to your liking, ensuring each bite is as satisfying as the last.

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Step-by-Step Cooking Guide for Easy Beef Stroganoff

1. Gather Your Ingredients: I start by assembling all the necessary items. This prevents any scrambling for ingredients later on.  The ingredients for this recipe are

  • 2 packages of beef stew meat
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1 package egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

2. Prepare the Beef: Next, I cut the beef into bite-sized chunks, ensuring they are uniform for even cooking.  I do this even with my already cut up stew meat. Then season with salt and pepper.

3. Brown the Meat: I heat a large skillet on the stove top with some oil over medium heat and sear the beef for 2-3 minutes, or until your desired doneness (but I think anything over medium rare is a waste). Removing it from the pan, I place it in a bowl with my Worcestershire sauce and onion powder and stir to coat.

4. SautĂ© the Mushrooms: In the same pan, I add sliced fresh mushrooms, frying them until they’re golden and have released their moisture.

5. Create the Gravy: I add the soup, cream cheese and onion powder to the pan with the mushrooms to make the stroganoff sauce.  I add the meat back in and let it simmer.  If you want to thin the sauce out a little, you can add some beef broth.

6. Cook the noodles:I I use a large pot to cook my noodles according to the package instructions.

7. Combine: I then add the noodles to the meat mixture and stir to combine everything.

Beef Stroganoff Variations

I love to get creative in the kitchen, especially with classics like beef stroganoff. You can tailor this dish to suit your tastes and dietary needs with a few simple swaps. For instance, instead of the traditional cuts of tender beef, you might opt for leaner options like sirloin or chuck for a different texture or to make it a bit healthier For those who prefer a meat-free version, mushrooms stand in beautifully for beef, lending a rich, umami flavor that still feels indulgent.

And let’s not forget the sauce – the heart of this dish. You can use Greek yogurt or crème fraĂ®che for a twist on the creamy sauce. If you want to add a little tangy sour cream instead of cream cheese, do it.  The world is your oyster.

I encourage you to use these variations as a starting point and make the recipe your own. Who knows? You might just discover a new family favorite that puts a personal stamp on this comforting classic.

What to Serve With Beef Stroganoff

Diversify your plate further with a light, crisp salad or some steamed green beans. These simple sides not only complement the richness of the beef stroganoff but also add a color and texture contrast that elevates the entire meal. Remember, balance is key to a satisfying and nutritious dinner.

Making the Most of Leftovers

I’ve found that embracing leftovers can be nearly as enjoyable as the initial meal, especially with a dish as sumptuous as beef stroganoff. Correct storage plays a pivotal role in preserving the flavors and textures that make this dish so comforting. I like to transfer any remaining stroganoff into an airtight container, which helps keep the creamy sauce from drying out. This container then goes right into the refrigerator, where it can stay for up to four days.  This is actually one of those meals that’s even better the next night.

For reheating, I gently warm the stroganoff on the stove over low heat. Adding a splash of broth can help revive the sauce to its original state, making sure not to let it boil as that might toughen up the tender beef. If I happen to have a larger quantity left, I don’t hesitate to freeze it. I’ve found that beef stroganoff can fare well in the freezer for about four weeks. Just make sure it’s cooled down before storing it, and always label the container with the date.

Savory and hearty, the versatility of beef stroganoff extends beyond the dinner table. It’s a dish tailor-made for meal prepping, fitting beautifully into our busy lives. Whether it’s the convenience of a reheated meal or the anticipation of reimagining leftovers, this dish never seems to disappoint.

Expanding Your Weeknight Menu

After savoring the simplicity of Easy Beef Stroganoff, you might yearn to broaden your culinary horizons with other uncomplicated yet delightful meals. Expanding your dinner options becomes a pleasant endeavor with recipes like Taco Pie and Crockpot Potato Soup. Both dishes follow the same philosophy of simplicity, ensuring that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the flavors of a home-cooked meal.

Savor the Simplicity

I’ve walked you through the joys of crafting a classic Easy Beef Stroganoff in your own kitchen. The simplicity is its charm, and the end result is undeniably satisfying. This dish stands as a testament to how straightforward ingredients can come together to create a meal that’s both hearty and delightful.  With a little time and a few simple ingredients, you have a homemade beef stroganoff that is full of flavor from the first bite and makes even the picky eaters in your family happy. 

You’ve seen that even on those rushed weeknight evenings, a delicious, creamy stroganoff is within reach. I encourage you to roll up your sleeves and bring this comfort food to your table. Trust me, the savory mushroom gravy, the tender beef, and the rich sour cream will have you relishing each bite.

If you’d like to check out more easy recipes, why not try my Crockpot Tortellini Soup or Low Carb Taco Pie.

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Yield: 8 servings

Beef Stroganoff

Kid friendly beef stroganoff

This kid approved beef stroganoff recipe is super easy and fun to make.  It only takes about 30-40 minutes and is packed with flavor and delicious. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of beef stew meat
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • 1 package egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Brown meat over medium high heat in skillet with a tablespoon oil oil until cooked to desired doneness. Remove from heat and toss in bowl with Worcestershire, salt, pepper and onion powder. Stir to coat.
  2. Cook egg noodles according to package directions. When done, drain water and return noodles to pot.
  3. Turn heat to medium and return pot to burner.
  4. Add cooked meat and juice to noodles.
  5. Add remaining ingredients to pot. Mix well and heat until cream cheese is melted.
  6. Enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/8 of recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 21gCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is correct to the best of my knowledge.

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