Beef Stroganoff

  • 15MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 274KCAL

This Beef Stroganoff is so creamy and indulgent, you'll never believe that it's slimming-friendly and perfect if counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories274
  • Carbs7g
  • Protein33g
  • Fat7g
  • Saturates3g
  • Sugars3g

Beef Stroganoff - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

With origins dating back to 19th-century Russia, it’s no surprise that this dish pops up in restaurants around the world, but its often laden with butter, oil or cream. We wanted to create something you could enjoy at home that tastes silky and luxurious but skips the extra calories. Packed with tender beef and softened mushrooms, this Beef Stroganoff will hit the spot.

This Beef Stroganoff is hearty, comforting, and a regular dinner in our house. It also happens to be very, very tasty!

We’d recommend steering clear of the cheaper cuts of beef as you want meat that will be tender without the need for slow cooking, so ideally pick up steak or similar. Some people like to put paprika or even tomatoes in their Beef Stroganoff, but we don’t think it needs either of those ingredients as it’s already quite rich and creamy. If you fancy experimenting with different flavours, then go for it!

What diets is this Beef Stroganoff suitable for?

This recipe is suitable for gluten free diets as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Stock cubes
  • Worcestershire sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Beef Stroganoff recipe?

  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Beef Stroganoff recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Beef Stroganoff recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Beef Stroganoff recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

It’s a really indulgent and filling meal for so few points!

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Beef Stroganoff?

Nope! You can get all of the ingredients for this recipe in your local supermarket.

How many calories are in this Beef Stroganoff?

There are 274 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Beef Stroganoff. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.

This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Season the beef with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then set aside.

Step 2

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat.

Step 3

Add the beef to the pan and quickly seal on all sides.

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Step 4

Remove the meat from the pan, add the white wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to deglaze.

Step 5

Scrape and stir the browned bits from the pan over a medium heat. When most of the liquid has evaporated spray the pan with some low calorie cooking spray.

Step 6

Sauté the onions and mushrooms until they start to brown.

Step 7

Add the Dijon mustard and the brandy and cook for a minute or two.

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Step 8

Add the stock to the pan and reduce the liquid by half.

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Step 9

Stir in the Philadelphia over a low heat, making sure there are no lumps of cheese remaining.

Step 10

Add the beef back into the pan, stir well and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes depending on how you prefer your beef. We like ours pink so it takes about 5 minutes.

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Step 11

If the sauce looks a little thick you can add some more water until it reaches the consistency you prefer.

Step 12

Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and serve.

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Any of the following go really well with this meal, as well as simple boiled rice or your favourite pasta. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything. It’s so hearty it can of course be eaten on its own!

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Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.

How do you know when Beef Stroganoff is cooked?

You’ll know this recipe is cooked once the beef is cooked to your liking (we like it a little on the pink side) and when the sauce is thick, rich and reduced.

This will take around 30 minutes on the hob.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Beef Stroganoff  in the fridge?

Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Beef Stroganoff in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Beef Stroganoff?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Beef Stroganoff?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Beef Stroganoff

This Beef Stroganoff is so creamy and indulgent, you’ll never believe that it’s slimming-friendly and perfect if counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • WW
    7 Smart
    Points
  • KCals 274
  • Carbs 7G
  • WW Points:
  • 7 Green
  • 7 Blue
  • 7 Purple

Ingredients

  • 400 g beef or steak thinly sliced
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 250 g button mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp brandy optional
  • 500 ml beef stock made up with 500ml boiling water and 1 rich beef stock pot and 1 beef stock cube
  • 200 g Philadelphia Lightest
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh parsley chopped to serve
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Season the beef with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then set aside
  2. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat
  3. Add the beef to the pan and quickly seal on all sides
  4. Remove the meat from the pan, add the white wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to deglaze
  5. Scrape and stir the browned bits from the pan over a medium heat. When most of the liquid has evaporated spray the pan with some low calorie cooking spray
  6. Sauté the onions and mushrooms until they start to brown
  7. Add the Dijon mustard and the brandy and cook for a minute or two
  8. Add the stock to the pan and reduce the liquid by half
  9. Stir in the Philadelphia over a low heat, making sure there are no lumps of cheese remaining
  10. Add the beef back into the pan, stir well and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes depending on how you prefer your beef. We like ours pink so it takes about 5 minutes
  11. If the sauce looks a little thick you can add some more water until it reaches the consistency you prefer
  12. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley and serve

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SamWednesday 19th August 2020

Hiya! Ive got a load of leftover roast pork that I want to use for this. Any tips on adjusting ingredients/flavours or cooking times? Thanks

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    LisaWednesday 19th August 2020

    Hi Sam.
    The flavours should work fine without any adjustments. I would start at step 6 and when the onions and mushrooms are browned, add the Worcestershire sauce and white wine vinegar and then continue following the recipe. Shred your pork and add when you would return the beef to the pan. Make sure its thoroughly heated through, and remember as the pork has been already been reheated, you will have to discard any leftovers. Hope this help!

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Francesca AmeyWednesday 5th August 2020

Would I be able to make this in a slow cooker? And if so how long would you recommend I cooked it for? I am trying this for the first time on Saturday and I’m very much looking forward to it!

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    LisaWednesday 5th August 2020

    Hi Francesca. This recipe uses quick frying steak and isn’t really suitable for the slow cooker as it stands. You would have to use a different cut of beef, adjust the liquid and tweak the flavours and seasonings. We do get a lot of requests for slow cooker stroganoff, so it’s something that we are looking into.

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TasMonday 20th July 2020

Hey ?

Would this recipe still taste good if I left the beef out for a mushroom stroganoff?

Thank you

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    Steve CowderoyMonday 20th July 2020

    Hi Tas, although we have not tried this ourselves, this recipe should still taste delicious with the beef swapped with more mushrooms. I would also recommend using a vegetable stock pot and cube in place of the beef ones. Hope this helps and let us know how you get on.

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MandyTuesday 14th July 2020

Hi,
Could I use flank steak for this recipe?

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    SharonWednesday 15th July 2020

    Hi Mandy, yes, flank steak will be suitable for this dish. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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KateSunday 28th June 2020

The beef Stroganoff tasted absolutely delicious. In the image used yours looks more orange. Is that a fancy food photo filter? Also it has been sprinkled with something orange… is it paprika? And is the white dollop sour cream?
I’d like to present mine for fancy next time at a family meal 🙂

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    Steve CowderoyMonday 29th June 2020

    Hi Kate, so happy you enjoyed our recipe! When we shoot our photo’s for the books and website we try not to use any special filters. Sometimes the stock can vary slightly in colour, or it could just be something as simple as different lighting. You can if you wish, sprinkle a little paprika on your dish and maybe a little fat free yogurt as a garnish, but this is totally optional. Thanks for getting in touch with us and i hope this helps.

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      KateFriday 24th July 2020

      Thanks so much! This honestly was one of the best dishes I’ve made 🙂

Diane FTuesday 23rd June 2020

I also think it needs a good bit less Philly cheese is quiet over powering. I added more stock to try cancel out the cheese

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    HollyMonday 29th June 2020

    Hi Diane, sorry to hear you weren’t quite happy with this Beef Stroganoff. In future you could swap out the philadelphia cheese for Greek yogurt. You would need to take it off the heat before you stir in the yogurt as it will split if it is too hot. hope that helps!

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Clare FowlerThursday 4th June 2020

Made this today, I felt it needed more dijon mustard so I put 3 tsp in, also a little less philly.

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    SharonFriday 5th June 2020

    Hi Clare, thanks for getting in touch to let us know how you found the Beef Stroganoff. Glad to hear you adjusted the amount of mustard and cream cheese to suit your personal taste, and that you continue to enjoy this recipe!

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SianSunday 24th May 2020

Hi do you have to add Worcestershire sauce or can you leave it out?

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    Steve CowderoyTuesday 26th May 2020

    Hi Sian, thanks for getting in touch with us. You can leave the Worcestershire sauce out of this recipe, although it does add a lovely flavour to this dish. Let us know how you get on.

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JadeWednesday 13th May 2020

Hi, can you do this in the slow cooker?
Thanks x

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    LisaTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Jade. The ingredients and method of this recipe is best suited to a quick cooking method. We have had quite a few queries about this so we are looking to develop a slow cooker stroganoff sometime soon.

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TraceyThursday 7th May 2020

Is calories per portion please?

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Tracey, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, the calories stated are per portion. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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ColetteWednesday 6th May 2020

Could I make this with chicken?

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    Sharon FitzpatrickThursday 7th May 2020

    Hi Colette, yes, you could make this using strips of chicken breast, but when you add it in step 10, make sure you cook it long enough for it to thoroughly cook through, as it will take longer than the beef. The chicken should have no sign of pinkness when it is properly cooked. You might like this similar recipe from book 1, Creamy Garlic Chicken.

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LynseyTuesday 28th April 2020

As I don’t have white wine vinegar, is there an alternative I could use? Thanks

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    LisaWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Lynsey. Red wine or cider vinegar work well, otherwise you can just leave it out. Hope this helps.

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CathySunday 26th April 2020

Could I use greek yogurt instead of philadelphia?

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    LisaWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Cathy, yes, you can use Greek yogurt. You will need to take it off the heat and stir the yogurt in at the very end to prevent the sauce from splitting. Hope this helps!

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Jo BookerSunday 19th April 2020

Could I make this with chicken instead?!

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    LisaWednesday 13th May 2020

    Hi Jo, yes you could make this with chicken if you prefer. Hope you enjoy it.

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JanetSunday 12th April 2020

Can I use quark instead of primula in this recipe ? Thanks

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    Holly LevellMonday 18th May 2020

    Hi Janet, the Beef Stroganoff recipe uses 200g Philadelphia Lightest but you could substitute for quark.

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TanyaSaturday 11th April 2020

Is there a way to cook this in the slow cooker or any advice on how to stop the beef being chewy?

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    LisaTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Tanya. This recipe is best suited to quick cooking methods so we don’t recommend doing it in a slow cooker. We have had a lot of queries about this, so will hopefully bring you a slow cooker stroganoff recipe sometime soon.

    Reply

JessThursday 2nd April 2020

I love this recipe. Is it suitable for the slow cooker or would I need to change it?

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    LisaTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Jess. Glad you enjoy the recipe. This recipe is more suited to quick cooking so wouldn’t really work in a slow cooker as it is. We have had several requests for a slow cooker stroganoff so we’ll look into bringing you one as soon as we can.

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Leigh AmyotteSunday 8th March 2020

I know you say that a serving is 274 calories, but my question is, what is a serving size? Is it a Cup? Or do you weigh it in grams? Your recipes don’t say, and one persons “serving size” can differ greatly from someone else’s.

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    LisaTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Leigh. If you scroll down the page on all of our recipes you will find a recipe card at the end. This has all the ingredients, instructions and to the left it tells you how many the recipe serves. This particular recipe serves 4 so a quarter of the recipe is one serving and the calories have been calculated on that basis. Of course the serving size is only our suggestion so you can serve more or less to suit your own appetite and adjust the calories accordingly. Hope this has been helpful

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DawnSunday 1st March 2020

Hi could you use quark instead of the Philadelphia

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    LisaWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Dawn, yes you can, but you would need to add it at the end of cooking time and take it off the heat before stirring in to avoid the sauce splitting. Hope this helps!

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AmandaSaturday 29th February 2020

I have everything for this recipe apart from dijon mustard… I do have a honey mustard here… Would that work instead? Thanks

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    Steve CowderoyMonday 11th May 2020

    Hi Amanda, thanks for getting in touch with us. I wouldn’t recommend using the honey mustard as it may be a bit sweet. The Dijon has a bit more of a tangy taste. Hope this helps.

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KimSunday 9th February 2020

Hey has anyone made this is their slow cooker?

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    LisaTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Kim. Thanks for the question. We don’t recommend making this in a slow cooker as the ingredients and method is better suited to quicker cooking. We’ve had several requests for a slow cooker stroganoff, so we’ll definitely look into it!

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Lyn RobinsonFriday 31st January 2020

I can’t stand cheese, any suggestions for an alternative??

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    Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Lyn, thanks for your question. If you don’t like cheese, you could try using fat free Greek yogurt instead. Just stir some in at the end of cooking, just before serving. Make sure that you take the pan off the heat when you do this so that the creamy sauce doesn’t split. Hope this helps.

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Zosia SpanczakSaturday 18th January 2020

Delicious, actually made it with Venison as we don’t eat beef, an excellent low fat meat. I have very cute photo of our dog asking for 2nds after we shared a bit with him. Is there some way that I can share this?

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Kathryn LSaturday 18th January 2020

Cooked this tonight and it was delicious. Will definitely do this again

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    Sharon FitzpatrickMonday 11th May 2020

    Hi Kathryn, thankyou for your great comment, we’re so pleased you enjoyed this recipe.

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Claire ChapmanSaturday 4th January 2020

Lovely recipe. Was delicious & had to thicken with cornflour. Won’t use as much liquid next time. Family enjoyed too. Will retain leftover sauce & have with steak or chicken.

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    Steve CowderoyTuesday 26th May 2020

    Hi Claire, thanks for getting in touch with us. Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed this recipe, also like your idea to use the leftover sauce.

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GemMonday 30th December 2019

Can you leave out the cream cheese, my husband wont eat it with that in

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    Sharon FitzpatrickThursday 14th May 2020

    Hi Gemma, you could leave out the cream cheese but the Beef Stroganoff just wouldn’t be creamy. If your husband eats yogurt, you could try stirring some plain Greek yogurt in just before serving to make it creamy. Just make sure you do this off the heat to reduce the chances of it curdling. Hope this helps.

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LindseyFriday 27th September 2019

Looking forward to having this tonight – making it as just a mushroom stroganoff, cannot wait!

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    Holly LevellTuesday 12th May 2020

    Hi Lindsey, thanks for your message we hope you enjoyed the Beef Stroganoff!

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