Easy ground beef recipes are a lifesaver for busy weeknights! You’re going to love this simple Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe! It is delicious and doesn’t even use canned soup! If you prefer a stroganoff that uses strips of beef, try this Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff. It’s another favorite in our house.
Since you’re not using a can of condensed mushroom soup, you need to create that flavor by adding mushrooms, onion, and garlic to the beef when you are browning it. I have a couple of kids who freak out at the sight of a sliced mushroom in their food. So I chop mine really tiny so it’s really hard to differentiate from the ground beef. If you don’t have picky kids to worry about, you might want to consider leaving them sliced.
This recipe is always a hit and the bowl is usually licked clean. You’ll love having this easy and kid-pleasing meal in your back pocket for quick weeknight dinners. We usually serve this over egg noodles, but it also tastes delicious over rice. Here are some other easy weeknight dinners we love.
Easy Weeknight Dinners
- Chicken Taco and Rice Skillet Dinner
- Easy Oven Baked Parmesan Pork Chops
- Easy Ham Fried Rice
- Slow Cooker Hobo Dinner
- Easy Baked Chicken Taquitos
- Easy Baked Parmesan Salmon With Old Bay And Lemon
Step-By-Step pictures for how to make ground beef stroganoff
Frequently Asked Questions About Ground Beef Stroganoff
What is the sauce in ground beef stroganoff made of?
Often in quick stroganoff recipes, a can of cream of mushroom soup is used for flavoring the sauce. The components you need to achieve a typical stroganoff flavor are beef, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and sour cream. You can see how a can of cream of mushroom is a quick shortcut to get the mushroom flavor into the dish.
can I use onion powder instead of fresh onion?
Yes, but the fresh onion really adds to the flavor of the sauce. So unless you have a diet restriction or don’t have any on hand, I suggest using fresh onion if you have it. If you do use onion powder, you will need to use at least one teaspoon.
how do you add flavor to Stroganoff?
Some people like to add a little paprika when they’re browning the meat. My favorite way to add flavor is with fresh mushroom, onion, garlic, a little beef bouillon, salt, pepper, sour cream, and a squirt of ketchup. Ketchup is my secret ingredient. The little bit of acid in the ketchup really adds something to the finished dish.
what are the best types of noodles to serve stroganoff over?
I really prefer egg noodles. I like the texture it gives, and they’re just kind of fun! Technically, you could use any noodle you prefer. A fettuccini or spaghetti would be my second choice. Also, as I mentioned above, Ground Beef Stroganoff also tastes great served over rice.
can this recipe be made gluten-free?
- 1 lb ground beef
- 8 oz button mushrooms, chopped tiny to hide from kids or sliced if you prefer
- 1 medium onion
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 2-3 cups milk
- 1-2 tsp beef bouillon
- 3 tbsp sour cream
- 2 tsp ketchup
- 1 16oz package of egg noodles, cooked
- Over medium-high heat, brown the beef with the onion, mushroom, and garlic until beef is fully cooked and onions are translucent. Add 1½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper to mixture while it's cooking.
- Next, sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir until completely combined. Quickly stir in the milk. I start by adding 2 cups and reserve the third cup to add as needed when the mixture is thickening.
- Once mixture has begun to thicken, reduce heat to medium-low and allow stroganoff to simmer for 10-15 minutes. (As I said, you can add milk during this process if it appears to be getting too thick for your liking.) You can also add 1-2 tsp of beef bouillon to taste at this point.
- Once stroganoff has simmered for 10-15 minutes, add in 3 tbsp of sour cream and 2 tsp ketchup. Mix well. Taste stroganoff and adjust salt, pepper, or beef bouillon according to your taste preference.
- Serve over cooked egg noodles and enjoy!