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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ No ‘Cream of X’ Soup!

Tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms are complemented by a parsley-flecked sour cream sauce in this easy, comforting, slow cooker meal.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.comThis crock pot favorite is an all-around hit when I make it for my family. My kids happily eat it (even the mushroom-hating preschooler), my husband raves about it, and I’m a happy camper because this tasty dinner doesn’t require me to slave over the stove all day.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce, with NO canned soup | FiveHeartHome.com

You may have seen a slow cooker version of beef stroganoff before that relies on canned cream of mushroom soup as the base for its creamy sauce…but not this one. While you can definitely count on some shortcuts to hasten the preparation of this meal — such as buying beef stew meat already cut up and fresh mushrooms already sliced — canned soup is not necessary. Stirring sour cream into the thickened broth towards the end of the cooking time is all you need to do to create that signature stroganoff sauce.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.com

As with most crock pot recipes I cook, I make my ‘broth’ using Organic Better Than Bouillon Beef Base, and I use a refrigerated jar of minced garlic in lieu of chopping up the fresh stuff. I find that after cooking for so many hours in the slow cooker, the jarred garlic turns out just as good as fresh minced garlic, so I like to save myself the chopping time. And if you have fresh parsley on hand, go for it! But dried parsley works just fine in this recipe as well.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.comAs for the onions that you might notice are missing from this recipe? Well, if you know me or have been following this blog for any period of time, you have probably noted that I abhor onions. Like, loathe them. Like, they make me gag. And I never ever buy them, much less include them in anything I cook. I tend to add extra garlic instead when a recipe calls for onions (is it weird that I simultaneously love garlic and hate onions?). Anyway, I apologize for my inconvenient food aversion, but all of that is to say…I realize that beef stroganoff typically includes onions. So if you are an onion fan, by all means, feel free to chop up an onion and add it to the slow cooker with the mushrooms. I promise to look the other way. ;)

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.comOnions or not, this slow cooker supper is hearty and comforting. Just before serving, boil a pot of egg noodles and throw together a salad and you’ll have a delicious dinner to warm you up on a chilly day. This one is mighty popular around here, and I hope that you all enjoy it as well!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ No ‘Cream of X’ Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ No ‘Cream of X’ Soup

Tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms are complemented by a parsley-flecked sour cream sauce in this easy, comforting slow cooker meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 12 ounces white mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons red wine (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley (or 1/2 cup fresh parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Egg noodles

Directions

  1. Place beef, mushrooms, and garlic in crock pot. In a medium bowl, mix together beef broth, red wine (if using), Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, thyme, and flour. Whisk mixture until flour is dissolved. Pour into crock pot, add bay leaf, and stir all ingredients until coated. Place lid on crock pot and cook for 8 to 10 hours on low (or 4 to 5 hours on high).
  2. About 20 minutes before serving time, add cream cheese to crock pot and replace lid. After 10 minutes, stir warmed/softened cream cheese into sauce, pushing with the back of a spoon to break it up and incorporate it into sauce. Stir sour cream into sauce. (Add fresh parsley at this point as well, if using.) Replace lid and cook on low for a few more minutes until heated through.
  3. In the meantime, boil egg noodles according to package directions. Remove bay leaf from stroganoff, taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. Serve over hot egg noodles and garnish with additional minced parsley, if desired.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

For the beef broth, I use 1 1/2 cups water plus 2 teaspoons Organic Better Than Bouillon Beef Base.

Don't open a whole bottle of red wine just for the sake of this recipe. But if you already have a bottle open, or if you're going to be opening a bottle to drink with dinner, you can add an optional splash to this stroganoff for another layer of flavor.

Instead of 2 tablespoons dried parsley, you may use 1/2 cup of fresh minced parsley, but add fresh herbs to the recipe at the same time as the sour cream as opposed to at the beginning of the recipe.

The cream cheese makes the stroganoff sauce extra creamy, but you may leave it out if you prefer to make this dish lighter.

http://www.fivehearthome.com/2014/01/25/slow-cooker-beef-stroganoff-no-cream-of-x-soup/

More comfort food recipes with NO ‘Cream of X’ soup…

King Ranch Chicken Casserole
King Ranch Chicken Casserole ~ a comfort food classic layered with chicken, tortillas, cheese, and a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed 'cream of X' soup | FiveHeartHome.com

Easy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti ~ features shredded chicken, your favorite veggies, and a simple homemade cheese sauce (instead of Velveeta and canned soup) | FiveHeartHome.com

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  1. Samantha, this looks amazing and your photos always just blow me away! I am almost afraid to tell you that i love onions but I promise this will be my only mention of that word to you, ever! Great recipe!!! Thanks for sharing and pinning!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha ha, Cindy…I have no problem with anyone else enjoying their onions, just as long as I don’t have to eat them (much less touch them)! ;) Thanks, as always, for the sweet words. Hope you are hanging in there okay…take care this week!

    • Cindy, I pretty much put onions in everything..sorry Samantha, but I can certainly understand as if any part of a Beet touches my food or I smell one I gag…lol. I was looking for a Beef Stroganoff recipe that did not rely on something canned. I prefer the healthiest way of cooking from scratch and the taste in my opinion is always better than something that is massed produced. So far my crockpot has been on for 3 hours and I just tasted the broth….I’m just going to say, fantastic, so much flavor. Too lazy and in a hurry to chop fresh garlic so I used Trader Joe’s frozen garlic cubes. Thank you for this awesome recipe. Also, in lieu of egg noodles I am making my Peppered Spaetzel which just adds the layers of flavors!

      • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

        No worries, Michelle…this recipe definitely has onions traditionally so I know most people will include them. But I’m glad you can commiserate with my onion aversion based on your dislike of beets — ha! And I think that refrigerated or frozen garlic is great for crock pot recipes…those recipes cook so long that by the end, I don’t think that you can tell if it was freshly chopped garlic anyway. ;) Hope this turns out great for you and I LOVE the idea of serving it with fresh spaetzle! My mom is from Germany and made spaetzle all the time while I was growing up, so that’s one of my favorite things to eat, ever. :) Thanks so much for your comment…happy Friday!

  2. I love LOVE beef stroganoff, sooooo good! Make sure you stop by my link party, Om Nom Nom Friday (Even though it’s Sunday) and share your delicious creations.

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  3. Love this recipe! Looks delish, I know my family would gobble this up :) Pinning!

  4. love the recipe thanks for sharing just got a new crock pot broke the old one found out not following on all media that has been rectified now following on all media have a great day

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Lorraine…I’m honored to have you following along on social media! And congrats on your new crock pot…I hope you enjoy this stroganoff! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. I was just thinking of making this today. So glad I found your recipe at the Party Bunch.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad you found what you were looking for, Jessica, and I hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend!

  6. WOW does this look FABULOUS!! I love slow cooker dinners especially in this COLD weather. Thanks for sharing, I’m putting this on the menu for this week!!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Joann…I hope you enjoy this recipe! I love using my crock pot all winter long as well. Stay warm this week! :)

  7. I love how you don’t have to add cream of soup! Looks tasty! THanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, Hope to see you back on Thursday!

  8. I made this last week and it was the best stroganoff I’ve ever had. I used cream cheese and now I don’t think I’ll ever be able to make it without it! It was so good!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Wow, Sarah, I am so happy to hear that, and I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and let me know! I agree that the cream cheese adds an extra richness. Glad you enjoyed it and found a keeper recipe! :)

  9. I have one of those at my house too with the mushroom action. It’s funny how he’ll eat them when they are like this! The things we do to amuse ourselves as mothers, right?
    I can’t wait to throw all this in the slow cooker and just do what I need to do. The fam is going to love this! You’re awesome, Samantha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are too sweet, Gloria…thank you! I’m glad to hear you’re going to try this one. I think your family, including your picky mushroom guy, will enjoy it! ;) Thanks for stopping by…hope your week is off to a great start!

  10. Ooh…I just pinned this and cannot wait to try your recipe without cream soup. This is my go-to evening meal because everyone in my family will eat it. Thanks for sharing at Hit Me With Your Best Shot…Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!

    ~Ariean

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Ariean…I hope this is a hit with your family! You won’t even miss the cream soup. :) I appreciate you stopping by…happy Friday!

  11. Nice base recipe. I did add an onion. Skipped the cream cheese. Really good, but next time I would leave out the bay leaf.

  12. Hi there! I’m recently married (Dec. 2012) and have a 3-month-old baby, which means I rely on slow cooker meals a lot! I just happened upon your website while searching for slow cooker beef stroganoff recipes. I don’t have any beef broth and can’t get to the store right now, but I thought of a creative idea. I had 2 “Beef flavored” cup-o’-noodles, so I added the water, let it sit and then drained the “beef” broth from those. I also substituted spicy brown mustard instead of the Dijon mustard. It smells good so far… I’ll let you know how it turns out! Haha! Thanks for the great recipe :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Aren’t you clever and industrious, Nicole?! ;) I bet this recipe turned out great with your substitutions! And congratulations on your new baby! I’m very impressed that you’re cooking at all at this point…I think I was still totally overwhelmed when my firstborn was 3 months old. ;) Thanks for taking the time to comment…hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Love anything that doesn’t rely on cream of whateva LOL. I make one similar to this, but I’m trying yours…love the taste of bay!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Judy! I haven’t bought a cream soup in years and I’ve been able to adapt every recipe to work without it. :) Hope you enjoy this one!

  14. Drooling over these pictures!! This beef stroganoff looks too good to be true! YUM!! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – pinning this now! Hope to see you back tomorrow, Samantha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Jen…thank you! I enjoy joining y’all each week for SNF and appreciate you hosting. :) Thanks for stopping by to say ‘hi’…hope you have a great weekend!

  15. You can substitute nonfat Greek yogurt for the sour cream. I have always done that and it is delicious!

  16. Can’t wait to try this. Am making meals for my daughter’s and my son’s families–both have new babies. Looking for things I can take over in a crockpot. This sounds so good–and even better because there is no soup in the sauce.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      How exciting, Elaine…congratulations on your new grandbabies! I hope that everyone enjoys this recipe when you make it…I’m sure they all appreciate you helping them with meals! And yes, I’ve been avoiding canned soup in my recipes for several years now…I’ve found that there’s always a way to use a freshly-made substitute instead. ;) Thanks for taking the time to comment…hope you’re having a great week!

  17. Thank you Samantha for the nice recipes.

  18. Alright….I will admit I adore onions as well so lets just get that out of the way as I used fresh onion vs powdered. I have been hunting for a good stroganoff recipe for 20 years and you my dear have won the internet today because this recipe is fabulous!!! Seriously….kids, hubby, the lot (even the dog loved the raw meat scraps he got as I was prepping…). Delicious recipe. I would like permission to post (link) this recipe onto my blog if you don’t mind?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha, Marnie…I can see how onions would be the perfect addition to this recipe for those who are fans! ;) I’m SO happy to hear that it was such a hit! Feel free to link back to this recipe on your blog (in case you have specific questions, I have pretty standard guidelines for sharing my recipes under my About>>>Copyright & Legal Stuff section). Thanks for taking the time to let me know that your family enjoyed this, right down to the dog! :)

  19. Recipe looks fabulous, and I have it ready to go for the crockpot tomorrow! One question about the Better than Boullion – are you concerned about the yeast extract, dried whey, or hydrolized soy protein in it? It’s my understanding that this is a form of msg. I’ve recently started making my own broths, but I would love to find a clean ‘back-up’ to use.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Jill! That is a great question. As mentioned in my post, I use Organic Better Than Bouillon, and the reason for that is I am concerned about some of the ingredients in the non-organic variety. I do not claim to be an expert on this topic, and I would say that making your own broth is going to be the only surefire way to control your ingredients. But I do keep organic BTB on hand as a shortcut ingredient, and I feel that it has far fewer processed ingredients than regular bouillon cubes.

      I’m looking at the jar of Organic Beef Better Than Bouillon from my refrigerator, and out of the ingredients you asked about, the only one I see on this label is yeast extract. (Maybe dried whey and hydrolized soy protein are found in the non-organic version?) Here’s an article that I remembered reading awhile back addressing the yeast extract ingredient: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/myths-and-misconceptions-msg But again, there are certainly others who claim that it is not good for you, and I’m not an authority to assure you one way or the other! So I think you are smart to do your research and avoid products with ingredients that make you unsure or uncomfortable. And this recipe will work just fine with regular beef broth if that’s what you prefer to use. :)

      Thanks again for the great question and I hope you enjoy the stroganoff! :)

  20. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe. An absolute keeper. My husband and I loved it. Will definitely serve this to company and I will make sure to have your recipe handy as I know they will want it. We have a wonderful butcher shop close by and they make their own au jus so I used that for the beef broth and it worked fabulous. Thanks again. Will definitely be trying more of your recipes and sharing your blog with family and friends

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I am so happy to hear that you and your husband loved this recipe, Terri! I bet it was particularly tasty with the fresh au jus. I really appreciate you sharing my blog and I hope you find some other recipes to try that you end up enjoying just as much. :) Thanks so much for the sweet comment…have a wonderful week!

  21. I just made this for dinner… DELICIOUS. Loved the addition of cream cheese. THANK YOU!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are very welcome, Melissa! I’m glad you enjoyed this stroganoff, and I agree that the touch of cream cheese makes it even better. ;) Thanks so much for stopping back by to let me know that it was a hit. Hope you have a great week!

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