Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff | A Fast And Easy Beef Stroganoff

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Want an incredibly fast, cheap, and easy meal made in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker? Well, you’ve come to the right place! A simple comfort cook that will please the whole family needs to be on your dinner menu this week!

Why You Need To Try It

  • Fast. Cook under pressure for 2 minutes. Yes, you read that right. Just two minutes.
  • Easy. Just a few simple instructions to get a tasty and family friendly dish.
  • Delicious. Rich, tangy, and utterly crave-worthy. You NEED to try this.
  • Family-friendly. Even the pickiest eaters will love the ingredients in this stroganoff.
  • Affordable. If you’re watching your food budget, this will be a dream come true. Ringing in at around $1 a serving, you can afford to feed an army.

Does Sour Cream Thicken Beef Stroganoff?

It sure does!

Using your pressure cooker can be finicky if you have a larger or smaller Instant Pot than most recipes are used for, live at a higher elevation, or have a new or old sealing ring.

No need to worry with this recipe, though, I’ll tell you how to accommodate if your stroganoff sauce comes out too thin or too thick.

My Sauce Is Too Thin

No problem! You have two options to fix this.

  1. Press the saute button. Let it thicken the gravy mix a little more. The cornstarch in the packaged mixture is guaranteed to thicken more as it simmers.
  2. Add a little more sour cream. The dense nature of the sour cream will help thicken the dish. Just remember the more sour cream you add, the more of a tangy flavor your stroganoff will have.

My Sauce Is Too Thick

Not enough broth? That’s an easy fix. Simply add more water. Add more water to your Instant Pot liner 1/4 cup at a time until it is a perfect consistency.

What Kind of Meat Should You Use?

There are so many varieties of meat that people have been known to use for Beef Stroganoff. For my Instant Pot recipe, I have tried it with ground beef, beef tips, and stew meat. But I keep going back to the quick, cheap, and easy option–ground beef. While the other cuts are equally delicious, they take a little more time and a little more out of my wallet.

What Is Beef Stroganoff Sauce Made Of?

Ground Beef. You can use a variety of cuts in a beef stroganoff recipe, but the cheapest and quickest cooking cut I’ve found is ground beef.

Egg Noodles. I prefer the extra-wide variety so there’s more surface area to soak up that delicious sauce but feel free to use whatever you have in the pantry. Any egg noodle eats the same.

Water. To help the Instant Pot come to pressure and thin the broth created by the brown gravy.

Sour Cream. Helps thicken the sauce and adds a delicious zing to each bite.

Salt and Pepper. To taste. I tend to be heavy on the pepper for this recipe because I like the hint of spice it gives the dish. Start with a little and add to taste for your perfect bite.

Brown Gravy Mix. Just the little packet that you can buy for a few cents at the grocery store. You don’t need anything fancy.

Parsley (optional). I’m not gonna lie. This is a very brown dish with no added veggies. If you like a little pop of color on your plate, add a sprig or two to garnish.

How To Make Instant Pot Stroganoff

Step 1. Cook the ground beef. Press the saute button and add the ground beef to the Instant Pot liner. Gently break up the ground beef with a spatula until there is no pink remaining in the meat. If you choose to use onions in this recipe (which my husband prefers, but the rest of us do not) go ahead and cook diced onion along with the ground beef.

Step 2. Add the egg noodles. Pour your egg noodles over the top of your ground beef.

Step 3. Add water. Just enough to cover the top of your egg noodles.

Step 4. Cook under pressure. It takes more time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure than it does to cook your noodles. It’s seriously so quick.

Step 5. Stir in the gravy. Once the cooking time is complete, stir in the brown gravy mix.

Step 5 (and a half?). Evaluate the water. As I mentioned above, this can be something that needs a little tweaking depending on your pot and where you live. Your noodles and ground beef should be submerged in water, but not so much so that it appears to be soup. The perfect amount of water in your pot should be enough that the ingredients are just barely poking through the top.

Step 6. Press saute again. The heat from the Instant Pot will help to thicken the sauce. This will just take a minute or two.

Step 7. Turn the pot off. Press cancel on your Instant Pot to stop the cooking process.

Step 8. Add the sour cream, salt, and pepper. Add the remaining ingredients into the pot and stir. Allow to rest for a minute or two, and serve.

Step 9. Stir and serve. Mix everything together so the noodles are coated and serve.

How To Make It On The Stovetop

No Instant Pot? No problem. You can still make this recipe in a flash in a skillet!

Step 1. Boil a large pot of water. Bring water to a boil and add the egg noodles

Step 2. Warm a large skillet on your stovetop and add the ground beef. Gently crumble with a silicone spatula.

Step 3. Combine the two cooked ingredients. Add the ground beef to the egg noodles in one pan.

Step 4. Add beef gravy, salt, pepper, and sour cream. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until incorporated. Turn the burner back on low heat and allow to simmer until the sauce thickens.

Step 5. Serve. Plate your ground beef stroganoff with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!

Tips, Tricks, and Variations

  • Use beef tips or stew meat. This will add a richer beef favor and a more dense bite.
  • Add veggies. Lots of people love this recipe with mushrooms added. While I love them, my picky kiddos do not. So, feel free to add mushrooms for added protein, fiber, and umami flavor.
  • Switch up the noodles. I love how quickly egg noodles cook with the help of my Instant Pot, but I don’t always have them onhand. Feel free to substitute different varieties of noodles if you’re between shopping trips. Remember other noodles need adjusted cooking times under pressure. Be prepared for thicker flour based noodles to take up to 7 minutes under pressure.

What To Serve With Beef Stroganoff

  • Mashed Potatoes.
  • Corn.
  • Asparagus.
  • French Bread.
  • Salad.

How Long Does It Last?

I’ll be the first one to tell you it took me years to learn how long this recipe would last in the refrigerator. This is a variation of a recipe my mother-in-law made. So, for the first year or two after Matt and I were married, I tried to make her recipes to keep him fed and happy.

Well, after a time or two, I realized I loved this dish too. Then we quickly added a boy. And another boy. And another boy. So we passed the love for it along.

If your family isn’t quite as hungry or as big as mine and you have leftovers, you can expect this Ground Beef Stroganoff to last up to 5 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator before you need to toss it or freeze it.

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Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff

Instant Pot Ground Beef Stroganoff

This quick, easy, and delicious Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff is a family friendly meal that can be made in a flash. In less than 20 minutes you can have dinner on the table everyone will love!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Ground Beef
  • Egg Noodles
  • Water
  • Sour Cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Brown Gravy Mix
  • Parsley

Instructions

Step 1. Cook the ground beef. Press the saute button and add 1 pound of ground beef to the Instant Pot liner. Gently break up the ground beef with a spatula until there is no pink remaining in the meat. If you choose to use onions in this recipe go ahead and cook diced onion along with the ground beef.


Step 2. Add the egg noodles. Pour 16 oz of egg noodles over the top of your ground beef.

Step 3. Add water. Just enough to cover the top of your egg noodles. This should be around 4 cups depending on the size of your Instant Pot.

Step 4. Cook under pressure for 2 minutes. It takes more time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure than it does to cook your noodles. It’s seriously so quick.

Step 5. Quickly release all pressure. As soon as the cooking time is over, turn the release valve to release all pressure from your Instant Pot.

Step 6. Stir in the gravy. Once the cooking time is complete, stir in two packages of .8oz brown gravy mix.

Step 7. Evaluate the water. This can be something that needs a little tweaking depending on your pot and where you live. Your noodles and ground beef should be submerged in water, but not so much so that it appears to be soup. The perfect amount of water in your pot should be enough that the ingredients are just barely poking through the top.

Step 8. Press saute again. The heat from the Instant Pot will help to thicken the sauce. This will just take a minute or two.

Step 7. Turn the pot off. Press cancel on your Instant Pot to stop the cooking process.

Step 8. Add 6 oz sour cream, 2 tsp salt, and 2 tsp pepper into the pot and stir. Allow to rest for a minute or two, and serve.

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