This Mushroom Ground Beef Stroganoff is deceivingly healthy and delicious. Packed with nutritious mushrooms, bell peppers and eggplant, one pound of beef stretches to feed a family of six. Sponsored by The Mushroom Council.
Cooking for a large family on a budget is always challenging, but over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that are great for stretching out ground meat, while making the final dish healthier for my boys.
Pasta sauces, chili and meatloaf can easily be bulked up with vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, bell peppers and zucchini, as well as beans/lentils. I’ve found that adding umami-rich ingredients such as mushrooms, tomato paste and soy sauce make up for some of the meaty flavors without using as much meat. The trick is to finely mince or puree vegetables before adding them to the recipe.
Today’s Healthy Mushroom Ground Beef Stroganoff is a redo of a packaged food that was popular when I was growing up – Hamburger Helper. I think I might have tried it once in my lifetime but obviously it wasn’t memorable.
This recipe is a much healthier version of this old fashioned favorite. Bulked up and stretched out with lots of vegetables including mushrooms, bell peppers, and eggplant, my boys had no idea how many vegetables they were actually consuming in one plate of this stroganoff.
Interestingly, my boys are not fans of mushrooms, eggplant or zucchini when served on their own, so for all of you who are cooking for picky eaters who hate vegetables, think about blending them into your recipes. Not only is this a great way to get more healthy vegetables into a meal and add more flavor to recipes, but it’s an economical way to stretch out meat too.
For more recipes where I’ve blended in mushrooms and other vegetables with meat to make them healthier, check these recipes out:
Turkey Mushroom Sloppy Joes
Balsamic Glazed Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Vegetables
Super Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce
Crockpot Meat Lovers Pasta Sauce
Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili
Triple Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake
Healthy Mushroom Ground Beef Stroganoff
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 24 ounces mushrooms I used baby portobello, finely minced in food processor
- 2 bell peppers finely chopped
- 2 small eggplant ~3/4 pound, finely chopped
- 5-6 garlic cloves minced
- 1 pound organic lean ground beef
- 1/2-1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free soy sauce
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1/2 pound dried gluten-free pasta cooked
- 1 cup organic beef broth
- 1/2 cup low-fat organic sour cream
- fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Heat oil in large skillet and add onion, mushrooms, peppers, eggplant and garlic. Saute until all vegetables are soft, and no liquid remains, about 15 minutes. Add ground beef and saute until browned, breaking up pieces. Add Creole seasoning and thyme, and cook for 2-3 minutes.Season with fresh ground pepper to taste. Add broth and cook until heated through. Stir in sour cream, then add cooked noodles; garnish with parsley before serving.
Add a few tablespoons of tomato paste for extra depth of flavor.
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Mushroom Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for this post.
Misfer Al Dossary says
Thank you for sharing.
Looks delicious; I love mushrooms in any form!
Shashi @runninsrilankan says
Love that you subbed out some of the beef with mushrooms – good luck!
Cindys Recipes and Writings says
I love your take on Stroganoff! Mushrooms only make it better!
Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) says
Such a clever spin and digging all the recipes you shared on how to get more veggies into our family members who aren’t too fond of veggies.
This stroganoff looks so tasty and flavorful. I love that you added mushrooms in place of some of the meat and it’s always so inspiring hearing how you incorporate all these healthy veggies for your boys without them realizing it 🙂 Such a great recipe Jeanette!
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
I’m very excited about this recipe! First of all, I don’t use ground beef besides making meat sauce pasta, so it’s a huge plus to know there are other ground meat pasta that I can cook! And secondly, I have never made Beef Stroganoff at home… I even love that you made with pasta! We’re about to head out to eat Thai food now…I rather want to eat this! YUM!
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
I love the addition of mushrooms. It looks very delicious!
Olivia - Primavera Kitchen says
This looks so delicious, Jeanette. I love pasta with veggies. Great combination 😉
Thanks everyone! I find mushrooms add tons of flavor and are a great way to get that meaty taste using less meat.
Brilliant! My mom used to make stroganoff all the times when I was a kid. My kids would love this!
EA-The Spicy RD says
My mom’s Beef Stroganoff was one of my favorite dishes as a kid. Love your version with mushrooms and all the other veggies! I can’t remember which one of your other recipes w/ blended mushrooms that I made for my kids, but I do remember they loved it! Can’t wait to try this!
Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily says
Ughh, I remember Hambergur Helper, actually in all honesty I loved it as a kid 😉
All of my favorite things are in this stroganoff I can’t wait to make it! Thanks for sharing Jeannette.
Thanks Serena, EA, and Gwen – I’m always looking for ways to lighten up comfort foods from the past!
Jeanette, I knew I had to try this when I saw this recipe, the mushrooms and beef go so well together and I love this lighter version. I was not able to use the sour cream so I substituted So Delicious plain yogurt but it didn’t have the same tang that sour cream provides. I will have to think on how to add the kick, but the family really loved this!