This rich and creamy Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe comes together in 30 minutes for an easy, delicious weeknight dinner. Serve it on a bed of egg noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes.
When mom comes over for dinner, it’s always a little nerve-wracking thinking about what to make. Not because she’s picky in general (although like most people, she has a few things that she absolutely will not touch). More so because when I make new-to-her-things, it’s hit or miss as to whether or not they’ll go over well.
The last time mom came over for dinner I decided to go with an old classic with a new twist: Ground Beef Stroganoff!
This is a dish I grew up with. My mom made it as part of her regular rotation of meals and it was always one of the things my sister and I looked forward to most.
It was a little ironic that I only remembered after making this that my mom didn’t usually add mushrooms to her Stroganoff. They aren’t one of her favorite vegetables. If she ever included them in the dish, it was for the benefit of my dad and I (he and I are both crazy about mushrooms). But if mom added them, she kept them whole or just cut them in half so she could easily pick them out.
When I made this, after we had all taken our last bites, I asked my mom how she liked the Stroganoff, mentioning that I forgot that she normally leaves the mushrooms out. I glanced down at her plate and it was scraped clean, no stray ‘shrooms in sight. What mushrooms?, she asked, laughing. So I’d call this dish a success.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s a well-balanced meal in just 30 minutes.
- You’ll think this simmered all day. Rich, creamy texture and savory, umami depth of flavor.
- It’s kid and adult-friendly!
- It’s gluten free and low carb.
- Picky eaters will be eating mushrooms (and they probably will have no idea!).
The Best Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe
What’s the secret here? Something the Mushroom Council refers to as “The Blend”. Chop mushrooms to match the texture of ground meat, blend the mushrooms with the meat, and cook. The flavor of mushroom mimics the umami flavor of meat, and it’s an easy way to increase your veggie intake.
I am not one to need convincing to eat mushrooms, but if you are, know that they add nutrients like vitamin D, B vitamins, antioxidants, and potassium. And adding mushrooms is a great way to make meals a little more environmentally-friendly (and budget-friendly!) because mushrooms require minimal growing space and water, and are ready to harvest in just a matter of days.
Here we use cream cheese for 2 things: 1) to add a velvety, creamy texture, and 2) to thicken our Stroganoff without having to add flour. This recipe is gluten free!
- Ground beef
- Cream cheese
- Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and black pepper
Pro Tip: For extra creaminess and flavor, serve this with a dollop of sour cream on top.
Step 1: Prep the Ingredients:
Chop the vegetables and measure everything out.
Step 2: Cook the Meat and Vegetables:
Add the beef, onion, mushroom, and garlic to a large, deep-sided skillet over high heat. Cook (covered) until the beef is browned and the vegetables are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to break up the meat.
Step 3: Add the Finishing Touches:
Turn the heat down to medium-low. Stir in the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper and cook until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Step 4: Serve:
Serve the Stroganoff sauce garnished with fresh parsley, along with egg noodles, rice, mashed potatoes, or vegetable noodles (such as zoodles).
Storage and Reheating
Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
The sauce will thicken in the fridge. You can reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of liquid (water, milk, or broth) if necessary to thin it out a little.
More Weeknight Ground Beef Dinners to Try
- Ground Beef Stir Fry – serve it with jasmine rice or cauliflower rice
- Egg Roll in a Bowl – a full meal, but you can serve it with rice noodles or steamed rice to make it stretch
- Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls – great on its own or with crusty bread
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30-Minute Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff Recipe
- 1 1/3 pounds 85% lean ground beef
- 1 large onion diced
- 10 ounces cremini mushrooms diced (also known as baby bellas or brown button mushrooms)
- 3 large cloves garlic minced
- 12 ounces cream cheese at room temperature, cut into cubes
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Cooked egg noodles rice, or vegetable noodles (such as “zoodles”), for serving
- Add the beef, onion, mushroom, and garlic to a large, deep-sided skillet over high heat. Cook (covered) until the beef is browned and the vegetables are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the meat.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low. Stir in the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper and cook until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Serve the Stroganoff sauce garnished with fresh parsley, along with egg noodles, rice, or vegetable noodles.
- Net Carbs: 7g per serving
- Nutrition Information: The nutritional information for this recipe was calculated without the egg noodles or other serving suggestions.
- Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
- Reheating: The sauce will thicken in the fridge; you can reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of liquid (water, milk, or broth) if necessary to thin it out a little.
- Low Carb Serving Suggestions: To keep this meal low carb and keto friendly, serve it with mashed cauliflower, keto noodles, or steamed broccoli.
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on April 25, 2016. I updated it with more information on October 7, 2022.
This dish is one of the only ways I actually enjoy mushrooms!
What mushrooms? I love it! My mom used to make stroganoff when I was growing up and I haven’t had it in ages! This looks absolutely fantastic, Faith!
Suzie Ramsey says
I Love them as much as you do Faith! I like to eat them cleaned and right out of the sink!
Scrumptious! A wonderfully comforting dish.
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
This is such a great idea and I am kicking myself for not thinking of this cool “blending” trick. I am not always a big fan of the ‘shroom myself and this is great.
So happy to see the site back up and running Faith. :)
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Looks so comforting, Faith! And I am totally in awe of the styling here :)