Simple Stroganoff

16 Oct

Beef stroganoff was not on my regular family meal rotation growing up.  My dad did not like noodles, so unless he was out of town, we really didn’t do much pasta.  Not to say that our meals weren’t always fabulous, because they were.  We were a meat and potatoes, 50’s style.  there was truly an art to doing that well.  And no one did it better than my wonderful mom.  Could she stretch a dollar with 5 kids to feed!  I am sure that was a lesson that she passed along to me without realizing it.  I can do anything on a budget!

That is what this stroganoff recipe is all about.  And we all need a recipe here or there that we can do on a budget and maximize our food dollars.  The beef stroganoff recipe that I have and am about to share is good, feeds a crowd, and is affordable.  Serve it with some whole wheat dinner rolls and some delicious green beans, and its dinner in a snap.  Traditionally stroganoff uses beef roast of some sort, but I just use ground beef.

Stovetop Beef Stroganoff

1 pound ground beef

8 ounces water with 2 beef bouillon cubes added

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 Soup can of water

8 ounces sour cream

1 small can of mushrooms

2 cups egg noodles

salt and pepper to taste-I usually use about a teaspoon of each.

Brown grown beef in a large skillet and drain fat.  Add bouillon, cream of mushroom soup, can of water and mushrooms.  Bring to a simmer (light boil) and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add sour cream and noodles.  Allow simmering to continue, and stir every few minutes.   Cook until noodles are done, about another 10 minutes.  This is a good recipe for the children.  You can also add 1/4 cup of chopped onions if preferred.  Add it while browning the ground beef so they cook and get tender.  This is a super easy recipe to customize. For example, if you want to add more mushrooms, or add fresh instead of canned, go ahead.  Customize it!

The weather is turning to fall, cooling down, and now is the time to cook some comfort food.  Try this recipe, customize it to your taste, and enjoy.



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