Beef Stroganoff

  • 15MINS
  • 30MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 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?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

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.

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Very easy recipe, made easier using a slow cooker.
I used only one table spoon of mustard, really depends on your own taste..
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I cooked my steak on the grill then sliced and added in at the end to keep it nice and rare
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Make sure you reduce the sauce for long enough. I paired this with veg and chips but it would be perfect with rice or pasta too!
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Beef Stroganoff, but using pork &chicken instead. DELICIOUS!
Wonderful basis to a Stroganoff, so can use whatever meat, or protein, you have in that is quick to cook. Can also expand it with your choice of veg. One of our family's favourites, especially hubby's - the reluctant dieter!!
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So easy to follow on the hob, but need to keep the pieces of meat thin. Have used steak, pork tenderloin and chicken at different times, and sometimes a mixture! Wonderful flavour and each meal has been thoroughly enjoyed with requests for seconds!

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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 cube and stockpot to the boiling water and pour into 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.

Beef Stroganoff_031_Pinch of Nom Slimming RecipesWhat should you serve with Beef Stroganoff?

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
  • KCals 274
  • Carbs 7G

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 boiling water
  • 1 rich beef stock cube
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 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 stockcube and stockpot to the boiling water and pour into 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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TammySunday 19th June 2022

Would whiskey work instead of Brandy? Thank you!

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    SharonFriday 8th July 2022

    Hi Tammy, yes you could use the same amount of whiskey instead of brandy or you can leave it out as it’s an optional ingredient.

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ChessieMonday 18th April 2022

Love this recipe! But for clarification, is it 250ml or 500ml of stock please?

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    HollyTuesday 19th April 2022

    Hey Chessie, the recipe as written uses 500ml stock if the recipe has been reduced to serve 2 then the stock would also be reduced to 250ml, hope that helps!

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Sally JohnstonFriday 11th February 2022

Have you sprinkled paprika on it too?

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    HollyWednesday 16th February 2022

    Hi Sally, yes we’ve sprinkled a little paprika on-top, hope that helps!

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Sarah SSunday 6th February 2022

Hi. Could I do this with Pork or chicken instead? And if so, do you still use beef stock? Thanks.

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    HollyTuesday 8th February 2022

    Hi Sarah, yes you could swap for pork or chicken just ensure it is cooked through, the juices run clear and no pinkness remains. You could swap for chicken stock if you prefer but beef stock will still work fine, hope that helps!

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ElaineSunday 30th January 2022

I’ve cooked this on many occasions and it’s delicious ,one of my favourites and I make it on valentines day for the hubby xx

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    HollyMonday 31st January 2022

    Hey Elaine, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you are a fan of the Beef Stroganoff!

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JimWednesday 1st September 2021

Hi. Could i substitude philadelphia for plain quark?? Many thanks

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    HollyThursday 9th September 2021

    Hey Jim, yes quark would work instead of the reduced fat cream cheese. Hope that helps!

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PippaWednesday 25th August 2021

Hi. My daughter and I are lactose intolerant. Is there anything you recommend to substitute the Philadelphia? Thank you.

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    HollyTuesday 31st August 2021

    Hey Pippa, you can swap the Philadelphia cheese with a dairy free cream cheese alternative, hope that helps!

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    LauraThursday 2nd September 2021

    i use use plain yoghurt and Henderson’s relish as i am gluten and dairy free. it tastes really good !!

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      HollyFriday 3rd September 2021

      Hey Laura, thanks very much for your recipe tips!

    JacquiTuesday 16th November 2021

    Philadelphia do a lactose free cream cheese 🙂

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    PippaWednesday 17th November 2021

    Just to update just made this work lactofree cream cheese and it’s a winner! Delish. Thanks for the tips everyone.

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StaceyWednesday 4th August 2021

I know this sounds daft but could i substitute the mushrooms for another veg? Everything else about this recipe sounds fab but we cant stand mushrooms! x

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    HollyMonday 16th August 2021

    Hey Stacey, you could swap the mushrooms for sliced courgettes or peppers and it will still taste great!

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CheekyladyMonday 21st June 2021

Can I use fat free yogurt instead of low fat soft cheese?

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    HollyMonday 28th June 2021

    Hey, you could swap the cream cheese for quark, creme fraiche or fat free yoghurt. Hope that helps!

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Mrs Lorraine WakeWednesday 24th March 2021

Wow wow wow cooked this tonight and it was bloody lovely. Had stroganoff in a top restaurant before and tasted exactly the same. Definitely would cook again and again. I used fillet steak as I thought a cheaper cut would be a little tough, definitely the right decision although I will try maybe rump next time just because of price. The fillet I will do again but for a special occasion

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    HollyMonday 29th March 2021

    Hey Lorraine, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this Beef Stroganoff!

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ToniWednesday 24th February 2021

Could the stroganoff be cooked in slow cooker

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    HollyThursday 25th February 2021

    Hi Toni, 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. Hope that helps!

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KellyFriday 29th January 2021

Would this taste the same without the Brandy or does it need the Brandy?

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    HollySunday 31st January 2021

    Hi Kelly, the brandy is totally optional in the Beef Stroganoff and it will still taste great without it!

    Reply

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