June 1, 2021

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff

A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

When the kids were little (and we were broke), we ate Hamburger Helper quite often. The kids loved it and it was cheap and easy, so it became part of our regular supper rotation.

Their favorite variety was the Beef Stroganoff mix and, if I’m being honest, I liked it too!

As time went on and our circumstances changed (better grocery budget and more time to cook) Hamburger Helper kinda fell off the menu.

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff - A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

Every so often in recent years, the kids will get nostalgic and ask for it. But every time I’ve made it lately, we all agree it just isn’t as good. Maybe our tastes have changed. Maybe they changed the ingredients. Whatever the reason, it just kept missing the mark.

When the baby boy asked for it again I decided to make it homemade and see if I could do better than the box. I used my recipe for Shortcut Swedish Meatballs as a jumping off point and went from there.

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff - A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

Since I made it the first time last year, we have probably eaten it twice a month! Even Husband is happy when I tell him it’s what’s for supper!

Another reason I wanted to make a homemade recipe for it was because one box no longer makes enough for my tribe. This recipe is a BIG batch and makes enough for all six of us to have hearty portions.

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff - A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER STROGANOFF

The recipe card below will give you ingredient details and step-by-step instructions but at a glance, here’s all you need and have to do:

What you’ll need:

  • Ground beef
  • Diced onion
  • Brown gravy mix
  • Water
  • Seasonings
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Sour cream
  • Bowtie pasta

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff - A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

How to make it:

  1. Brown ground beef and onion together
  2. Add gravy mix, water, seasonings and condensed soup
  3. Stir in sour cream and noodles – that’s it!

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff - A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

As you know, the pasta cooks in the skillet in traditional Hamburger Helper. I keep telling myself I’m going to figure out how to do that with this recipe but I haven’t yet. I just need to figure out the exact amount of water that will both cook the pasta and be absorbed by it without any excess.

Until then, one extra pot for boiling pasta isn’t too big of an inconvenience!

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff - A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff

Helpful Hamburger Stroganoff
Yield: 6-8 Servings
Author: Mandy Rivers | South Your Mouth
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min
A family-size recipe for ground beef stroganoff like homemade Hamburger Helper that’s quick, easy and surprisingly delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 packets brown gravy mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 12-oz box bowtie pasta

Instructions

  1. Start a large pot of liberally salted water to boil for the pasta.
  2. Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet over high heat, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Pour off excessive pan drippings if present (you don’t need to completely drain the pan – some drippings are good and add flavor). Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Combine gravy mixes, water and worcestershire sauce in a bowl then stir until mixed well. Add gravy mixture to skillet. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes or until gravy has thickened.
  4. Add garlic powder, pepper and cream of mushroom soup to skillet then mix well. Cook mixture until simmering then reduce heat to low while the pasta cooks.
  5. Cook pasta 1-2 minutes less than recommended cooking time. We want the pasta to be a smidge firm. Drain very well.
  6. Stir sour cream into skillet until thoroughly combined. Turn off heat.
  7. Add drained, cooked pasta to skillet then gently stir until well coated. Cover then let rest 10 minutes. Gently stir once before serving.

Notes:

Feel free to add canned or sauteed mushrooms. Stir in when adding the cream of mushroom soup.

I don’t recommend reduced fat or light creamed soup or sour cream in this (or any cooked) recipe.

If your people don’t like mushrooms, use cream of onion soup instead of mushroom.

Any similar bite-size pasta should work – I just like bowtie pasta because it’s somewhat similar to Hamburger Helper pasta.

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3 comments:

  1. I have all the ingredients for this dish and I'm making this for dinner tonight. It is so easy to make, my pantry has everything, and the weather is so warm outside here you really don't want the stove on all evening trying to prepare something. We already eat lots of salads in every way you can make them, this will be a delicious change.

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  2. This looks like a perfect weeknight meal and definitely better than the box. Once you've had the good stuff it is hard to go back ;-)

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  3. I have to agree with you, I think they've changed the recipe on the Hamburger Helper. They don't taste as good as they used to. I will have to give your recipe a try.

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy