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Healthier Beef Stroganoff Recipe

This Beef Stroganoff recipe is loaded with tender beef. It’s creamy delicious and the only thing missing from this comfort food is the guilt.

Beef Stroganoff

We were visiting friends over the weekend who had just returned from a River Cruise. While talking about some of the amazing meals they had one of the dishes that came up was Beef Stroganoff.

John’s taste bud alert bells started ringing. He stated he hadn’t had Beef Stroganoff in a long time and it sounded so good.

Beef Stroganoff

This post was sponsored by Hiland Dairy, but the content and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

The next day John was still pushing Beef Stroganoff. All I could think of was there goes our New Years’ resolution to eat healthier and it’s not even February yet. Being the wonderful wife that I am, I decided to make him his Beef Stroganoff and set out to see if I could lighten it up.

Beef Stroganoff

Some of the classic recipes include can soup or cream that’s just packed with fat calories and sodium. I’ve been able to replace cream in the past so knew that’s what was needed. Other changes that I could make was adding vegetables and lean meat. I also replaced the thick egg noodles that John suggested with thinner whole wheat fettuccine noodles.

Beef Stroganoff

When I went to get my ingredients, I added carrots and onion to my mix. I replaced the mushroom soup with a mix of fresh earthy mushrooms, and instead of cream picked up some Hiland Dairy Light Sour Cream that has 50% less fat and one-third fewer calories than regular sour cream.

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Close up side view of a white plate of beef stroganoff on a white plate with a spoonful of sour cream sitting on top of it.

Healthier Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Author: Hostess At Heart
This Beef Stroganoff recipe is loaded with tender beef. It’s creamy delicious and the only thing missing from this comfort food is the guilt.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword: Healthier Beef Stroganoff
Servings: 8


  • 2 lbs boneless chuck roast trimmed lean
  • 1-1/2 cups diced carrots approximately 4
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 10.5 oz can fat free low sodium beef broth
  • 1/3 cup Light Sour Cream plus additional for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 lb whole wheat fettuccine noodles
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley plus additional for garnish


  • Trim chuck roast of fat and cube into 1-inch pieces. Liberally salt and pepper.
  • Lightly cover the bottom of a dutch oven with olive oil. Over a medium-high heat brown meat. Don’t crowd and brown in batches if necessary. Remove meat.
  • Add carrots and onion to the pan and cook until slightly softened 3-4 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add meat back into the pan.
  • Sprinkle with flour and allow to cook until no visible flour remains approximately 2 minutes.
  • Pour in beef broth and stir until thickened. Stir in the mushrooms.
  • Simmer for approximately 1 hour.
  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  • Remove stroganoff from the heat. Salt and pepper as needed. Stir in Hiland Dairy Light Sour Cream and parsley.
  • Serve over noodles and garnish with additional Light Sour Cream and parsley.


Simmering beef will allow it to tenderize and will enhance flavor. Cooking time can be reduced if desired.


Calories: 466kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 32gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 750mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1500IUVitamin C: 3.4mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 3.9mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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My finished dish didn’t lack one bit of flavor. It was loaded with tender beef and using Light Sour Cream made it just as creamy as if I’d used full-fat cream. This was a comfort food dish that we loved and the only thing missing was the guilt and this dish didn’t derail my New Year’s resolution.

That beautiful Organic Honey Whole Grain Bread was delicious for scooping every last bit of that Beef Stroganoff up too.

Side angle of a loaf of whole-grain bread with 3 slices cut from the front showing the soft crumb of this perfectly browned bread. The loaf sits on a cooling rack over a striped napkin and next to an antique butter knife.

Another healthy pasta dish that we love is our Healthy Shrimp Fettuccine recipe!

Bowl of Shrimp Fettuccine

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Plate of Beef Stroganoff with sour cream
5 from 1 vote
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This is what comfort food is about. The flavors are great and calorie content is low

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Saturday 21st of January 2017

Oh yes...this is certainly something I need to try!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

Thank you, Colleen!

Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook

Saturday 21st of January 2017

Julie, I love that you made this pasta lighter. Now, I can satisfy my craving for pasta without having the guilt after the enjoyment. :D Thanks for sharing and happy FF! x

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

Thank you, Jhuls! So many of these dishes are so full of fat and calories. I didn't miss them in this dish.

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