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One Pot Beef Stroganoff is a deliciously creamy, rich, and flavorful weeknight meal. It’s made with ground beef so it’s budget-friendly and ready in about 30 minutes.
Ground Beef Stroganoff is one of our favorite one pot recipes. Add it to your collection of one pot meals, along with One Pot Ham & Cheese Tortellini and One Pot Chicken Alfredo.
This easy recipe is the ultimate in comfort food. I mean, who can resist a heaping plate of pasta covered in a rich, creamy sauce? It’s made with ground beef so it’s budget-friendly, fast, and flavorful. Plus it’s all cooked together in one pot, and less dishes to wash is always a good thing!
What is Beef Stroganoff?
Traditionally it’s a Russian dish made with thinly sliced lean beef, onions, and mushrooms in a sour cream sauce. It’s thick and rich and totally comforting. It usually sits atop a big, heaping pile of buttered noodles, but can also be served over make ahead mashed potatoes.
I have always made stroganoff with ground beef because of personal preference, plus it’s more budget-friendly. It cooks quicker than large cuts of meat, which makes it perfect for this recipe. I use ground beef for lots of easy meals, like my easy Hamburger Soup Recipe.
How to make One Pot Beef Stroganoff
- Grab a large soup pot or dutch oven and saute some onions. Add ground beef once the onions are soft and translucent and brown until the meat is no longer pink. Depending on the fat content of the meat you use, there might be a lot of liquid left in the pan. You can spoon it out, or do what I do and mop it up with paper towels. Just scoot the meat to one side and tip the pot so the grease runs to one side, then soak it up with a stack of paper towels. You don’t need to eliminate all of the liquid – it adds flavor too – but you want to get most of it out.
- Next you’ll add the rest of the ingredients – beef broth, condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, pasta, and salt and pepper. Stir it all together, bring it to a boil, then cover and cook for about 15-18 minutes.
- The sauce will be somewhat thin, but it will thicken as it sits. If you want to speed up that process, you can reduce it by turning the heat up slightly and letting it simmer with the lid off, stirring often, until you are happy with the thickness. Just be careful not to overcook the pasta. The sauce should be kind of like a gravy and will thicken a little more with the next step.
- Stir in sour cream and fresh chopped parsley to finish it off.
One Pot Beef Stroganoff with Mushrooms – You might notice I didn’t add mushrooms which you would typically see in Stroganoff. That is a personal preference, plus the cream soup has bits of mushrooms in it, which is enough for me. You can add a cup of sliced mushrooms to the pot if you are a fan. Cook them with the onions, remove them while you cook the beef, then add them back in.
Ground Beef Stroganoff without cream soup – If you would prefer not to use a can of cream of mushroom soup, you can make it from scratch. I will add this option in the notes of the recipe as well.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Chop some mushrooms up finely and add them to the pot (¼ cup should do it) and saute them until they are nice and soft.
- Whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour to the butter and mushrooms, and cook for a few minutes, stirring around to avoid burning. This creates the “roux.”
- Finally add 1.5 – 2 cups of milk or cream (recommended) to the roux. Whisk together until completely combined, and let the mixture come to a simmer. As it simmers, it will thicken.
- Add this entire mixture to the ground beef and dry pasta and do not add the additional milk. Continue with step 4 in the recipe card.
What to Serve with Beef Stroganoff
Since this is a one pot beef stroganoff, we keep it super simple and serve with my Copycat Olive Garden Salad for a complete meal. Because we’re bread lovers, we’ll often add some dinner rolls or garlic bread, too.
What to do with Stroganoff leftovers
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave at 50% power, stirring occasionally, until heated through. The lower power will help keep the sauce nice and creamy.
For freezing, allow the ground beef stroganoff to cool completely, then transfer it to a shallow, freezer safe dish and cover tightly. Thaw in the fridge overnight before warming.
Recipe Notes and Tips
- The sour cream should be room temperature so it doesn’t break when you add it to the sauce. If you forget that step, you’ll need to temper it so it won’t separate. Add a small amount of the hot liquid from the pot to the cold sour cream and stir it up, then add that mixture to the stroganoff.
- If you opt to not use ground beef, look for a tender cut of beef like sirloin or tenderloin and slice it very thin.
- Feel free to add more mushrooms when you cook the ground beef if you like.
More Easy and Delicious One Pot Meals
- One Pot Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta Skillet
- One Pot Chicken Spaghetti
- One Pot Chicken Cacciatore
- One Pan Egg Roll in a Bowl (Crack Slaw)
- One Pan Caprese Pasta
- Skillet Lasagna
- One Pan Lemon Garlic Pasta
- all One Pan Meals
One Pot Beef Stroganoff
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced onion about ½ a medium sized onion
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
- 15 ounce can beef broth
- 10 ounce can Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1 cup milk (Use the cream soup can to measure – may be slightly more than 1 cup)
- 2 1/2 cups small uncooked pasta like rotini or penne (about half of a box))
- 1/2 cup sour cream room temperature
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a 4-5 quart pot or deep 12″ skillet. Add onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, until they just start to become translucent.
- Crumble ground beef into the pan and cook until no long pink; about 5-6 minutes. Soak up most of the grease from the pan with paper towels. Season meat with a little salt and pepper.
- To the pot or skillet add beef broth, cream of mushroom soup + one can of nonfat milk, garlic and pasta.
- Stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
- Sauce will be thin, but will thicken as it sits. To speed up the thickening, increase heat to medium-low and bring to a low boil for a few minutes, stirring often, until sauce is thickened to your liking.
- Stir in sour cream, chopped parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide into bowls and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh minced parsley if desired.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add a couple tablespoons or more chopped mushrooms and saute them until they are nice and soft.
- Whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour to the butter and mushrooms, and cook for a few minutes, stirring around to avoid burning.
- Add 1 ½ – 2 cups of milk to the roux. Whisk together until completely combined, and let the mixture come to a simmer. As it simmers, it will thicken. If it seems too thick, add a little more milk.
- Add this entire mixture to the ground beef and dry pasta but DO NOT add the additional milk. Continue with step 4 of the original recipe.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Delicious! I didn’t have milk or beef stock, so I used white wine and chicken stock instead, and it was still fantastic. I also added mushrooms! Perfect recipe.
Awesome feedback Alicia! Thanks for stopping by.
Easy versatile recipe. I have made this stroganoff with ground beef, ground chicken and ground turkey. With or without fresh mushrooms, it is delicious every time. I used cream of bacon soup with the turkey and my husband loved it! Great for lunch the next day too.
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Love this recipe simple and easy to make!!!!have made several times. Like to double for leftovers or for lunch the next day !!! Thanks for sharing
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Love this recipe simple and easy to make!!!! I just like to double for leftovers for for lunch the next day !!! Thanks for sharing
You are so welcome Jessica! Love the feedback!
Exactly what I was looking for! I love your one pot pasta recipes ❤
Nice! Thanks for stopping by Sharon.
This is delicious!! Love your one-pot recipes. This was quick, easy and yummy! Thank you,
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I’ve just discovered your wonderful site, thanks for sharing the delicious meals.
You are so welcome Dawn! Thanks for stopping by.
Hi Kristin, making this for dinner tomorrow! When making the roux instead of using the can of soup, do I still use any beef broth?
Yes you still add the beef broth. The recipe for the cream soup in the notes only replaces the can of soup and the milk.
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