Skillet Ground Beef Stroganoff

May 2, 2012 · 21 comments

in beef,pasta,quick and easy

Whenever I meal plan, I make sure to include meals that use the same ingredient, so I don’t have food waste. You’ve probably figured out by now that we have at least one Mexican-inspired dish per week, but what you may or may not know is that I am incapable of enjoying Mexican food without a dollop of sour cream. Since I had to buy sour cream for the 2 Tbsp. I was going to use, I knew I needed to use the rest for something, and I decided on stroganoff. (Sidebar: I have a post all about meal planning coming soon.)

Like many people who grew up in the 80s, I’ve had Hamburger Helper. Like, a lot of times. Although it was pretty much “forbidden” when I was young, when I got to the age where I could stay home alone and make myself dinner, it went (heavy) into the rotation. And when I was in college and moved into my first apartment, it probably made an appearance more often than I cared to admit. My favorite flavor was the stroganoff. Dude, I freaking loved that stuff. Of course, as soon as I had “real” stroganoff, I realized what I was missing.

I’ve made a few versions of stroganoff, including one with a fancy cut of beef, and one without. This time, though, I was yearning for the nostalgia of one-skillet-ground-beef-stuff-you-eat-in-college. For whatever reason, it sounded more comforting than the others (not to mention cheaper and quicker). This version most certainly did not disappoint. I increased pretty much everything but decreased the beef so this isn’t as meaty as the original recipe, but it was perfect for us. Creamy, comforting, delicious, awesome for leftovers, and flavored without the use of an envelope. :) Also, why are egg noodles so much more awesome than regular noodles? I may never know.

When Tom’s brother asked what we had for dinner later that night, he said “Hamburger Helper.” And, though that may not sound like a compliment to you, I’m going to take it as one. :)

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