ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Simple Beef Stroganoff

Updated on February 3, 2017

Share Your Ratings

Cast your vote for Beef Stroganoff
For best results, the Texas Beef Council recommends slicing the steak when it is still slightly frozen.
For best results, the Texas Beef Council recommends slicing the steak when it is still slightly frozen. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: About six generous servings

An Introduction to Stroganoff

Before I started writing this, I had no idea that there was actually a site dedicated to beef stroganoff. At, visitors can browse recipes and find out the intriguing history of this comforting dish.

The dish is believed to be named for Count Pavel Stroganov, a nineteenth-century Russian diplomat. Research indicates that stroganoff was actually created by a French chef, Charles Briere, who won a local cooking contest with the recipe. The first recipe was featured in an 1871 Russian cookbook called A Gift to Young Housewives.

Ingredients and preparation methods vary depending on the country, but it is generally agreed that the dish is composed of sautéed beef. Whereas the French version includes mustard, the Russian version is made with sour cream. The Brazilian version, meanwhile, is often made with tomato paste.

An inexpensive yet elegant dish, stroganoff eventually made its way into American homes. Among those who enjoyed preparing it was First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose version called for tomato paste and fettuccine.

The recipe here is my adaptation based on my family's preferences. Although the Hamburger Helper version is well-received in my house, my brother still prefers something closer to the real thing.

How to Chop an Onion for Stroganoff


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. sirloin steak, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 8 oz. sour cream, not fat-free
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Splash Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz. hot cooked fettuccine or noodles

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Once oil is heated, add meat and onion.
  2. Add mushrooms. Cook and stir until meat is done and vegetables are tender.
  3. Drain off any fat. Stir in soup, Worcestershire sauce, and sour cream. Heat through, but do not boil.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve over hot cooked pasta.
A hearty serving of Russian beef stroganoff
A hearty serving of Russian beef stroganoff | Source


I like to serve this with either a crisp green salad or peas and carrots. My Great-Aunt JoAn sprinkles caraway seeds over her stroganoff.

© 2016 Natasha


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)