Creamy Minced Beef Stroganoff

Today was the first day back in school for my only child and my husband had thoughtfully taken the day off to be with us as she goes to her school’s other campus (just right across the old one) where the fifth graders and up go.

We were delighted to see a lot of familiar faces in the form of classmates and even the teacher (yes, same teacher as she had in 4th grade!), and we are confident her transition to her new level will go as smooth as.  We however, were among several parents who didn’t seem too keen to leave immediately and it was heartwarming to see the same parents we have known since prep milling around my daughter’s classmates the same way we were.  They were just prep yesterday!  Time did fly so swiftly all of a sudden the kids in school are giants compared to the new preppies in the other campus.

After several hugs and kisses (and after my daughter protested that she has had enough phototaking), we finally let her go inside their classroom.  Still we hung around outside like a bunch of paparazzis stalking celebrities, who looked like they were still sleepy  despite their school starting later than the other schools did.

When we finally left (we had to because the school staff kept on looking at us with eyes that said “GO NOW!”), my husband and I went about doing some chores and by the time we got back home, I didn’t feel like I want to cook something complicated for dinner later.

So I decided we will just have pasta, and having some fresh minced beef I thought hmmm… minced beef stroganoff!  This is always a hit, and it is so simple to make you will want to eat the leftovers the following day for brunch.  Well, at least I would!



Pasta (I normally make the pasta myself which definitely tastes way better than the shop bought ones, but I am not in the mood and there were some in the pantry so I just used that and cooked it according to package instructions — you can use any kind of pasta you want)

500 grams of minced beef (the fresher the better of course)

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup diced onions

a clove of garlic, minced

2 teaspoons salt (if you think this is too salty for you, just adjust according to your taste but 2 teaspoons for us is just right)

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

sliced mushrooms (flat or brown or cup variety will do)

2 tablespoons plain flour

1 1/2 – 2 cups sour cream (the more, the creamier — start with 1 cup then add more as needed)

How to:

Cook onions and garlic in butter on medium heat. Add beef and stir until beef is cooked.  Add salt and pepper and mushrooms.  Continue stirring until mushroom is cooked.  Mix in the flour.  Add the sour cream and blend together with the meat mixture but do NOT boil.  Serve over pasta.

That’s it.  Eat.


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