Classic Beef Stroganoff Recipe – Mouth-Watering Delight

Get ready to be transported to the heart of the Southern United States with my Southern Beef Stroganoff Recipe. As a chef with a passion for comfort food, I wanted to create a dish that would warm your soul and bring joy to your taste buds. This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a hearty and filling meal that’s easy to make in just one pot.

If you’re a fan of classic beef stroganoff, then you’ll love this southern twist on the classic recipe. With a creamy mushroom sauce, tender strips of beef, and perfectly cooked egg noodles, this stroganoff will quickly become a go-to meal for any occasion.

Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or a dish to impress your family and friends, my southern beef stroganoff will not disappoint. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Beef Stroganoff
Southern Beef Stroganoff

Southern Beef Stroganoff is a classic comfort food that satisfies like no other. If you’re looking for an easy, one-pot meal that is full of flavor and will leave you feeling satisfied, then this recipe is perfect for you. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a simple recipe that can be made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

What sets this recipe apart from other beef stroganoff recipes is the addition of Southern flavors such as Worcestershire sauce and fresh garlic. These ingredients add depth and complexity to the dish that will keep you coming back for more. The combination of sour cream, heavy cream, and cream cheese makes for a rich and creamy stroganoff sauce that takes this dish to the next level.

Plus, this recipe uses lean ground beef instead of strips of beef, making it more affordable and easier to prepare. The use of egg noodles in place of traditional pasta is another Southern twist that adds heartiness to the dish.

Whether you’re a fan of classic beef stroganoff or a lover of Southern cuisine, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. So why not give it a try? You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Juicy beef simmered in creamy gravy
Juicy beef simmered in creamy gravy

Get your grocery list ready! Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this mouth-watering Southern Beef Stroganoff recipe:

For the Stroganoff Sauce:

  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Beef Stroganoff:

  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms, sliced or quartered
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Serving:

  • Egg noodles or pasta for serving (optional)

NOTE: If you’re looking for a dairy-free option, skip the sour cream and instead use a dairy-free alternative such as cream cheese or coconut milk.

The Recipe How-To

 A classic southern take on Russian dish
A classic southern take on Russian dish

Now that we have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to get right into the recipe how-to. Trust me, this dish is easy beef stroganoff at its finest. Plus, it’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you need a quick and satisfying meal.


  1. Start by heating oil (1 tbsp) in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Once the oil is hot, add one pound of lean ground beef to the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes or until it is no longer pink.

  3. Next, add in one medium onion, diced, and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes or until onion is soft.

  4. Add two garlic cloves, finely chopped, and cook for another minute.

  5. To the skillet, add sliced mushrooms (8 oz) and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until they are tender and softened.

  6. Add in one can of cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup of beef broth, and 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine all ingredients.

  7. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

  8. Stir in 1 cup of heavy cream and 1/2 cup of sour cream until everything is fully combined.

  9. Taste the sauce and adjust salt and pepper seasoning if needed.

  10. Lastly, serve your southern-style beef stroganoff over a bed of cooked egg noodles or pasta of your choice.

One-Pot Wonder

One great thing about this recipe is that it can easily be made using just one pot! The less dishes we have to wash afterwards, the better. This recipe can also be made ahead of time or stored for leftovers throughout the week.

Tips for Perfect Results

When cooking the ground beef, make sure to break it up well with a spatula or wooden spoon. This will help ensure that the beef is evenly cooked and crumbled. Also, be sure to season the dish generously with salt and pepper as it helps to bring out all of those delicious flavors.

Copycat Homemade Hamburger Helper

This beef stroganoff recipe is basically a copycat homemade version of Hamburger Helper. Making this southern-style version at home is not only healthier, but the flavors are much more rich and satisfying as well. Trust me, you won’t look back!

Now that you have all the steps to make this delicious southern beef stroganoff, go ahead and give it a try. Your family will thank you for the cozy comfort food dinner!

Substitutions and Variations

 A delicious and hearty crowd pleaser
A delicious and hearty crowd pleaser

Now, let’s talk about how you can make this Southern Beef Stroganoff recipe your own by trying out some substitutions and variations.

1. Ground Turkey: If you’re looking for a leaner or healthier alternative to ground beef, ground turkey is a great option. Use it in place of the ground beef in the recipe and follow the same directions.

2. Greek Yogurt: Want to lighten up the recipe even more? Substitute Greek yogurt for the heavy cream to make a healthier version of this comfort food classic. You’ll still get that creamy texture without all the extra calories.

3. Cream Cheese: If you love cream cheese and want to add even more richness to the dish, try stirring in a few ounces of softened cream cheese before adding the sour cream. This will make the sauce thicker and even more indulgent.

4. Vegetarian Option: For a meat-free version, substitute mushrooms or tofu for the ground beef. You can also use vegetable broth instead of beef broth for a vegetarian-friendly stroganoff.

5. Pasta Options: Instead of egg noodles, try using fettuccine or even spaghetti for a different texture. You could also use gluten-free pasta if you have dietary restrictions.

No matter how you choose to modify this Southern Beef Stroganoff recipe, it’s sure to be a hit at your dinner table!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for dinner parties and family gatherings
Perfect for dinner parties and family gatherings

Southern Beef Stroganoff is a comforting and hearty dish that pleases everyone at the dinner table. This warm and creamy stroganoff pairs well with a variety of sides that will take your meal to the next level.

A classic pairing for Southern Beef Stroganoff is egg noodles. Cook your noodles al dente, then mix them into the stroganoff sauce to achieve a perfect blend of flavors.

For a healthier twist, you can also serve this dish with steamed or roasted vegetables such as green beans, asparagus, broccoli or carrots. The fresh, crunchy texture perfectly balances the rich, creamy sauce.

If you want something heartier, try pairing the stroganoff with mashed potatoes or rice. Southern-style cornbread is also an excellent choice for soaking up all that delicious gravy.

To add a bit of color to your plate, consider serving a side salad with greens such as mixed greens, spinach or arugula topped with sliced red onions and chopped walnuts. You can dress the salad with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette to cut through the richness of the dish.

For those who enjoy wine with dinner, opt for red wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon to balance out the flavors of the meat and sauce. If you prefer white wine, go for Chardonnay which complements the creaminess of the dish and mushrooms quite nicely.

With these suggestions, you’re sure to have a perfect Southern Beef Stroganoff meal that is not only filling but also complete in terms of taste and aesthetics.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Melt-in-your-mouth tender beef chunks
Melt-in-your-mouth tender beef chunks

One of the best things about this Southern Beef Stroganoff recipe is that it can easily be made ahead of time, perfect for busy weeknights or meal prep. You can prepare the sauce and cook the ground beef in advance, then store them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

To reheat, simply warm the sauce and beef in a pot on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. If the sauce seems too thick, you can thin it out with a splash of beef broth or heavy cream.

Similarly, if you have leftovers from a big batch, store them in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to three days. When ready to eat, simply reheat in a pot on medium-low heat or microwave until heated through.

When reheating, it’s normal for the sauce to thicken up a bit in the refrigerator. In this case, add a splash of beef broth or heavy cream and stir until desired consistency is reached.

It’s important to note that pasta does not typically reheat well once cooked. Therefore, we recommend cooking fresh noodles just before serving instead of storing them with the sauce. If you do have leftover pasta that you want to use for another meal, keep it separate from the sauce and store properly so that it doesn’t dry out.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A cozy and comforting meal for chilly nights
A cozy and comforting meal for chilly nights

A perfect beef stroganoff is a comfort food that offers a blend of savory, tangy, creamy and comforting flavors. With a southern twist, this recipe presents the classic beef stroganoff that we all love but with some added zest, making it even more palatable for your taste buds. Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect southern-style beef stroganoff every time:

Firstly, always use quality ingredients for optimal results. Splurge on fresh mushrooms and high-quality beef to make sure your dish is packed with flavor.

Secondly, make sure you let the meat rest before adding it to the skillet. This is especially important when using lean ground beef because it’s prone to stick together or crumble if it’s not left to rest.

Next, don’t overcook your mushrooms. They don’t require too much time in the skillet – three to four minutes should do just fine. Keep cooking scrambled eggs until they’re brown and crispy will also add an authentic southern touch.

For an extra flavor layer, mix one cup of Greek yogurt with sour cream for a lighter feel than if you were only using heavy cream.

Another tip is to season your meat and sauce separately. Season your meat with salt and pepper while seasoning your sauce with Worcestershire sauce and onion garlic powder.

Lastly, be mindful of the amount of sauce you add when serving. If you add too much sauce to pasta, it could become rather mushy.

Follow these tips religiously, and you have yourself a perfect southern-style beef stroganoff each time!


Before we wrap up, let’s answer some frequently asked questions about this southern beef stroganoff recipe.

What cut of meat is best for beef stroganoff?

This recipe will feature some great cuts of beef including boneless rib eye, also known as scotch fillet. In addition, we will be using boneless sirloin, sirloin steak tips, and beef tenderloin to make a delicious southern-style meal.

What is the sauce in beef stroganoff made of?

In order to create a delectable classic beef stroganoff sauce, there are several essential ingredients that you will need. These ingredients include butter, onion, garlic, white wine, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, flour and either plain Greek yogurt or sour cream. However, if you are not keen on using wine in your sauce, you can simply increase the amount of beef stock that you use as a substitute. It’s all a matter of personal preference!

What is the best substitute for sour cream in stroganoff?

Looking for an alternative to sour cream that works well in beef stroganoff? Two great options to consider are Greek yogurt and cream cheese. For this recipe, I use 1/2 cup of full-fat Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream. Greek yogurt provides a similar tangy flavor that sour cream has in stroganoff.

What’s the cream from stroganoff?

If you’re fond of heartwarming and satisfying meals, then my Beef Stroganoff recipe will surely satisfy your cravings. Delight in tender sauteed beef and onions that are drenched in a creamy and delectable brown gravy, concocted using condensed cream of mushroom soup and beef broth.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Southern Beef Stroganoff recipe is a fantastic option for those looking for a comforting and easy-to-make meal. With simple and affordable ingredients, you can create a delicious one-pot dish in no time. The blend of savory ground beef, rich mushroom soup and tangy sour cream make for a flavor explosion that will definitely leave you wanting more.

Whether you’re looking to recreate a classic beef stroganoff or trying out a new recipe for your next family dinner, this recipe is the perfect choice. Not only is it a crowd-pleaser, but it’s also versatile enough to be customized according to your taste preferences.

So don’t wait any longer! Go ahead and try out this Southern Beef Stroganoff recipe tonight. Trust me, it will quickly become a staple in your recipe book for years to come. Happy cooking!

Southern Beef Stroganoff

Southern Beef Stroganoff Recipe

This is a great comfort food. I do not like to cook with canned soups and prefer my stroganoff with no tomato sauce or ketsup. We joke about cup-a-cup-a-cup like in Steel magnolias, because all the measurements are in cups. Perfect for a quick week night meal or for company
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern American
Calories 493.9 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup mushroom, sliced
  • 1 cup onion, sliced and quartered
  • 1 cup beef bouillon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces noodles, cooked and drained


  • Brown ground beef in a large sauce pan over medium high heat.
  • Remove from pan, add olive oil, garlic, onions and mushrooms, saute till lightly browned.
  • Put ground beef back into pan and add Bullion, Sour cream and Cream.
  • Cook through till thickened.
  • Serve over egg noodles.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 191gCalories: 493.9kcalCarbohydrates: 35.3gProtein: 18.8gFat: 30.9gSaturated Fat: 14.9gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 244mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 2.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Easy, Inexpensive, Meat, One-Dish Meal
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