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Vegetarian Stew - Bean Stroganoff

Updated on February 14, 2018
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I love to cook and try new foods and recipes. I try to do my best to incorporate healthy foods, but sometimes I need a little comfort food.

Bean Stroganoff Served Over Noodles
Bean Stroganoff Served Over Noodles | Source

Bean Stroganoff - A Hearty Vegetable Stew

Here is a stomach filling, hearty stew made entirely of vegetables. Old fashioned comfort food without the guilt. It's a little more elegant than a stew as it has the flavor of beef Stroganoff.

This Stroganoff uses beans instead of beef. The large butter beans add chewiness and body to the stew. The mushrooms and onions make the sauce rich with the flavor of "meaty" goodness. You won't even miss the meat.

If you use sour cream substitute this is vegan. If you opt for regular sour cream this is still a delicious vegetarian meal.

This is a super easy vegan recipe for dinner and one of the most elegant vegan meal.

Bean Stroganoff Ingredients

Bean Stroganoff Ingredients
Bean Stroganoff Ingredients | Source

I suggest you either open some windows, run the stove hood fan or burn some votive candles while making this recipe.

If you are sensitive to slicing onions, this will help.

Fair warning, to bring the onions to an near burnt state causes smoking of the cooking oil.

An open window or a votive candle will help with the onion odor and smoke.

Bean Stroganoff
Bean Stroganoff | Source

Judge how much seasoning you want to add. I add quite a bit as the ingredients are by nature mild in flavor. Think of the flavor of beans and mushrooms. If you serve the Stroganoff the traditional way, over egg noodles, the noodles are also mild in flavor.

I recommend a low smoke point oil such as canola or safflower rather than olive oil which smokes quite early in heating. The onions get cooked to an almost burnt condition in order to make an onion gravy, and this causes a quite a bit of smoke. I would not use coconut oil as it imparts a sweetness to the dish which isn't really relevant to the flavor.

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion -sliced
  • 1 cup of water
  • 8 oz (227g) mushrooms - sliced
  • 31 oz (878 g) butter beans (two cans) drained
  • 1 - 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream or sour cream substitute, I use Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream. It is easy to obtain in a large supermarket.


  1. Add cooking oil to a large heavy skillet and heat on high heat. Add the sliced onion and cook until dark brown and somewhat burned. Stir occasionally to distribute the onion and make sure it browns up evenly. When all the onion is dark brown, slowly add the water and stir, deglazing the pan. Add the sliced mushrooms, lower the heat and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms start to get shiny, about 5 minutes. Add the butter beans, 1 teaspoon of salt, the pepper and nutmeg. Stir to distribute everything evenly. When the mixture starts to bubble again add the sour cream. Stir again and bring to a bubble again. Taste and correct seasoning.
  2. Serve over noodles or if you want to keep it gluten free, serve over rice.
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Bean Stroganoff Recipe in Photos

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Sliced Onion in Heavy SkilletBrown and burn onionsDrained butter beans.Add beans, nutmeg, salt and pepper to the mixture.   Stir.   Heat until simmering.   About 5 minutes.Add sour cream and heat to a simmer.   Taste.  Correct seasoning.
Sliced Onion in Heavy Skillet
Sliced Onion in Heavy Skillet | Source
Brown and burn onions
Brown and burn onions | Source
Drained butter beans.
Drained butter beans. | Source
Add beans, nutmeg, salt and pepper to the mixture.   Stir.   Heat until simmering.   About 5 minutes.
Add beans, nutmeg, salt and pepper to the mixture. Stir. Heat until simmering. About 5 minutes. | Source
Add sour cream and heat to a simmer.   Taste.  Correct seasoning.
Add sour cream and heat to a simmer. Taste. Correct seasoning. | Source

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    • DealForALiving profile image

      Nick Deal 

      6 years ago from Earth

      Bravo on kicking beef stroganoff to make a bean one. Very excited to try this out.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      My sister used to make this with beef, but I didn't eat it. Now I can with your recipe. I can't wait to make this. Thanks so much!

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      8 years ago

      This sounds wonderful. I used to delight in cooking beans, but don't do it any more. Maybe I will again now.

    • leilasi profile image


      8 years ago from Belgium

      That looks very yummy :-) We are gonna try one of these days!

    • LisaMarieGabriel profile image

      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      I live with a vegetarian, so only eat meat occasionally, this bean stroganoff looks very tasty!

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      Deborah Swain 

      8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      am always on the look out for good veggie recipes!

    • LilyBird profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow, this looks delicious. I'm off to the store to get butter beans. Thank you!

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      Sharyn Read 

      8 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      Bookmarked, will definitely be cooking bean stroganoff this week - thank you!

    • Jogalog profile image


      8 years ago

      I love stroganoff but I've never had a bean one before. It's definitely a good idea to try and eat less meat and more beans.

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      John Tannahill 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I try to eat meat-free a couple or more times a week. I might give this a go soon.

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      8 years ago

      Oh boy this sure is a yummy lens.

    • microfarmproject profile image


      8 years ago

      This looks delicious. Though we are not vegetarian, I only eat grass-fed beef and meats, which are expensive, or meat from animals that we have raised ourselves, which is an effort. Therefore, we don't eat meat every day, but instead substitute other protein sources. I will be adding this one to my recipe box. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      I'm not vegan, but I try to go for what's healthy as much as I can. This is a perfect recipe that I can add to my list!

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      8 years ago

      Wow that is a great idea. I am going to throw this recipe in my "get fit" diet. Thank you for this recipe!

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      Mary Crowther 

      8 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I love stroganoff and this recipe sounds delicious!

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      8 years ago

      I guess you could say that your vegetarian bean stroganoff is "smoking delicious"! Stroganoff has that special flavor that has been missed by vegetarians until now.....there will be smiles! Love your "fair warning", always good to do your disclaimers out front....and then get those onions to smoking!

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      8 years ago

      This looks really good and a perfect January recipe!

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      8 years ago

      This looks very delicious. I will try the recipe. Thanks.

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      Fay Favored 

      8 years ago from USA

      My sister used to make beef stroggie as we called it. This would still give the flavor without the meat. Adding it to my stew lens. Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      excellent mouth filled with water


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      8 years ago

      I just ate dinner and this made me wanna eat more!! sounds very delicious and I'm gonna try it soon!!! Thanks for all of the wonderful pictures and information in this recipe!! I apologize if I drooled on your lens, look for my clean up drool lens coming soon to a diner near you, but only if they serve this recipe! Awesome lens!!

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      8 years ago

      This looks delicious. Yum.


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