Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Slow cooker creamy beef stroganoff made with sour cream, steak or stew meat, and no cream of soup! A healthy (er), yet rich and savory, easy crockpot version of classic beef stroganoff.

Slow cooker seems to be the trend around our house – you’ll want to try this Slow Cooker Jambalaya, Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken, and Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

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So I’m writing about beef stroganoff while sitting on a train in Italy, cruising from Verona to Venice, and it’s blowing my mind a little bit. Is this real life??

I’ve dreamed of visiting Italy for years and years and now I’m here, nodding along to Natasha Beddingfield, planning out the last couple days of my trip with a focus on ensuring there is enough pizza and gelato in my schedule to last me until I can manage to drag my husband back here with me someday.

Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff |

I’ve been here in Italy on a pasta adventure. So much more to come on that in the coming days and weeks, but let’s just say I’ve eaten my body weight in pasta over the last few days and I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same – in the best way possible.

I’m also wondering how on earth I am going to return to reality. Seriously though… how?? If you have any tips on how to get yourself back into the swing of things after a trip to paradise (and two very very long flights and some serious jet-lag) please spill your secrets.

I feel like this American-ish pasta dish could be the perfect way to ease myself back into home life. A blend of Italian and American flavors in a pasta and beef dish I grew up on, only with a few tweaks to my personal taste.

This beef stroganoff ditches the cream of mushroom soup and instead uses cream cheese and sour cream to get that creamy richness that is so characteristic of stroganoff. I also use spiral pasta instead of the twirly egg noodles I had in my childhood. You can absolutely still use egg noodles if that is your favorite! But don’t be afraid to swap them out for another short pasta like penne or macaroni if you want.

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This lightened up favorite screams comfort food to me. I grew up on my mother’s beef stroganoff, and this version has a lot of those same flavors but instead of being made on the stove, it’s made in the crockpot to get all of those tender fall-apart-beef benefits of slow cooking all day long.

And I’m just saying your home will smell heavenly after a few hours of this stuff going strong in the kitchen.

Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff |

What people are saying about this Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

“I made this today and I must say this is the best stroganoff I have ever tasted. Thanks for sharing!” – Tonya

“We loved this. Sopped up the sauce with French bread. Thank you for sharing!” – Julia

“THIS. IS. AMAZING. And my leftovers for lunch are just as delicious as they were for dinner last night! My whole family (including my MIL and toddlers, so it was a tough crowd!) had seconds and thirds. There really aren’t enough superlatives to express how great this stroganoff is! This was my first time trying a recipe on Creme de la Crumb; I followed instructions word for word and couldn’t be happier with the results. This is definitely a recipe that will become a permanent staple in our regular rotation. Thanks, Tiffany!” – Nora

“I’ve made this recipe once already and I’m making it again tonight for dinner. This is the BEST stroganoff I’ve ever had. The flavor is perfect. I added my noodles about an hour before eating and they were done to my liking.” – Erin

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Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Slow cooker creamy beef stroganoff made with sour cream, steak or stew meat, and no cream of soup! A healthy (er), yet rich and savory, easy crockpot version of classic beef stroganoff.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword stroganoff
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Tiffany


  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds stew meat
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper)
  • 2 cups beef broth (I used low sodium)
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (preferably fresh, not canned)
  • 3 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes, softened
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch (or flour) + 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 12 ounces short pasta noodles, cooked according to package instructions (egg noodles are traditionally served with stroganoff but penne, macaroni, or spiral all work well)


  • Lightly grease your slow cooker, then add stew meat and sprinkle Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste over the top. Add mushrooms, beef broth, garlic, Dijon mustard, and worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  • About 30 minutes before serving, stir corn starch (or flour) into 1/2 cup beef broth and stir mixture into slow cooker. Add cream cheese and sour cream to slow cooker then cook another 20-30 minutes on high, stirring occasionally until cream cheese and sour cream are incorporated and sauce is thickened. 
  • Taste, add salt and pepper to your personal taste if needed, and stir in noodles. Serve immediately garnished with cracked black pepper and fresh thyme if desired.

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Hi, I appreciate all the wonderful recipes you post! So helpful to keeping my cooking creative and delicious:) I noticed your instapot version of this does not have cream cheese. Do you have one your family prefers better? Thank you!

    Honestly- my family loves both!! But we have been using the instant pot version mostly.

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