A Healthier Beef Stroganoff

It was during the “ultimate comfort food era,” the 1950’s, when Beef Stroganoff migrated from its origin in Saint Petersburg, Russia, to the United States.  Sautéed pieces of beef were served in a sauce with “smetana” or sour cream, and mushrooms.  

The story goes that a culinary competition was held in the 1890’s, during Czarist times, when a daring chef concocted this savory dish.  The chef was employed by a high-ranking noble family, the Stroganov’s.  They were wealthy beyond belief with, at one time, having 155,000 serfs on the 6.5 million acres the family owned. 

The creative chef named the dish in honor of his patron, Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov and took away first prize.  A spin on the Beef Storganoff story is that it was created specifically for the Count because he had lost his teeth and was unable to chew a steak.

This version is a delicious dish that really took us by surprise.  The recipe is from The New American Heart Association Cookbook.  It is packed with delectable flavors and I will be making this Beef Stroganoff again!!!

Here's the recipe:

Lighter Beef Stroganoff


1 pound beef tenderloin, boneless round steak, or boneless sirloin
½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups fat-free, no-salt-added beef broth
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon dried dillweed
1/3 cup fat-free or light sour cream


Discard all visible fat from meat and slice into thin strips about 2-inches long; sprinkle with pepper.
Pour oil into a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook mushrooms for 2-3 minutes, or until tender; transfer to a plate.
Cook onion in same skillet for 3-4 minutes, or until brown; add to the mushrooms.
Put meat in skillet and brown on all sides until rare, about 3 minutes; add to mushrooms.
Put flour in skillet; gradually pour in broth, whisking constantly.
Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until thickened, whisking constantly.
Reduce heat to low.
Whisk in remaining ingredients except the sour cream.
Stir in the mushroom mixture.
Cook for 15 minutes.
Put sour cream in a small bowl.
Stir in a small amount of meat mixture and add to the skillet.
Cook for 5 minutes, or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Serve over noodles or rice.


Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes! 


  1. Pam, one of my all time favorite dishes. Perhaps because I do have a bit of Russian blood in me. I made this often in the 70's and 80's and then got away from it because of the calories. You have just tweaked my whisk to try this fantastic dish again. Thanks. Susan

  2. I have to try this one, nice that it was lightened up, it looks delicious!

  3. Se ve delicioso el plato, que fantastico.


  4. Susan, I'm so glad this brought out your Russian side and tweaked your whisk at the same time! lol!!! I too quit making this years ago and was a bit apprehensive when I saw it in the AHA cookbook. But it turned out to be a big hit with us. So I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

    Carol, thanks! It truly is delicious!

  5. jose manuel, gracias! Es delicioso!

  6. I will definitely try this recipe it looks and sounds fantastic. Diane

  7. Hi Pam..
    I like your new look! looks great.
    This is definitely a favorite of our family. The sauce looks so rich and yummy...I'm sure my kiddos would be lapping it up with a few homemade rolls..

  8. Pam..you prompted me to get off my "office chair backside", (you know the real word) and make Stroganoff for supper! Thanks for the motivational inspiration!

  9. I haven't made stroganoff in a long time. Yours looks fantastic with all the mushrooms and all that creamy sauce.

  10. I had this on my mine last weekend but wanted a lower fat version. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. This looks like a great variation on a classic recipe.

  12. Pam, it's been a long time since I've made stroganoff...and never with tomato paste. The flavor would be richer I think. Looks worth making! Thanks.

  13. This sure looks good, even though I don't eat beef. Would be lovely with some homemade bread too!

  14. This looks so rich and delicious, no one would know it was a lighter version of the traditional comfort food recipe.

  15. Hi Pam,
    What a fantastic suggestion and healthier to top it up!!

  16. a really looking good beef. it really suit with my beef craving can you make me a beef soup? hehe just a favor. thanks for sharing Pam
    really like this post of yours!

  17. I haven't had beef stroganoff in ages! I'll definitely be trying this... although Chris will not be happy, he's not a mushroom fan... oh well.. I'll enjoy it :)

  18. Diane, thanks! Have a good weekend!

    Shug, thank you! It would be great with homemade rolls!

    Mr. Bill, you're welcome! I'm always happy to help out! lol!

    Lynda, the sauce made it!

    Gloria, thank you! Have a good rest of the day and weekend too!

    Dr. Dan, great! Good timing! Hope you try it and like it as much as I did!

    Beth, it is, lower calorie count!

    Corgidogmama, I know that's unusual and probably what really added to the good flavor!

    kitchengflavors, thanks and have a good weekend!

    Linda, I think you're right! Surprising how good it is without the added calories.

    Lia, yes! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Allen, yes! LOL! I make a really good vegetable beef soup! If I only knew how to get it through this laptop to you.

    Jenn, oh, mushrooms really add to this. Maybe you could disguise them. :-)

  19. This looks so good. Will have to try this.

  20. Beef Stroganoff was one of my dad's favorite foods so we had it often when I was young. I made it a month or two ago. Love this recipe because it's on the lighter side, but it certainly don't sound like it loses any flavor at all.

    I like this history here, too!

  21. I used to make this dish all the time back in the 70's but it has just fallen off the radar in the past few years. Thanks for the reminder of how good it is. Definitely bookmarked!

  22. Christine, I hope you do! Have a good weekend!

    Becki, your dad knew what was good! No, it doesn't lose any flavor. I was really surprised with how good it is!

    Cathy, great! I hadn't made it in a long time, until I came across this recipe.

  23. Interesting history to the dish, Pam. Looking delicious.

  24. What's Baking, thanks so much!

  25. Since we are watching calories this is a very timely dish. I, like Susan, have a bit of Russian in my blood so this is a great variation on one of my favorites.

  26. Sounds DELISH! Of course, anything with noodles and I am there.


  27. Penny, this is good for your Russian heritage and counting calories too. The sauce flavors it well!

    Melinda, I'm pretty much the same way. Have a great rest of the weekend!

  28. I'd be "Russian" to the table to eat this! (okay, that was bad.)

  29. Yum! I like the fat free sour cream here, too!

  30. Chris, Your humor is great as usual and I always like anyone who makes me laugh! :-)

    Judy, you are right on spot! Less calories for sure!

  31. hello Pam! this dish looks delicious! enjoyed discovering your blog. I am also a recent blog. I am a follower :) loved it :)

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