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 Creamy Beef Stroganoff |

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.

Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff |

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

4.8 from 29 reviews
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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.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American / Italian
Serves: 4
  • 1½ - 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 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons 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) + ½ 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)
  1. 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.
  2. About 30 minutes before serving, stir corn starch (or flour) into ½ 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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hey girl -this looks so yummy! Have fun in Italy!

Perfect start for a Monday…a good slow cooker meal can feed us several nights!-Laurel Bledsoe

This looks amazing! And you’re so lucky you’re in Italy–it’s one of my absolute favorite countries to visit! Have a great time and a safe trip home!

Looks great-
Can I cook the meat on high if I don’t have 8 hours to cook on low?
If so, how long on high?

    Hi Laurie! You can cook the meat on high for 4-5 hours. 🙂

Is there enough liquid for me to stir in uncooked pasta? We’re remodeling our kitchen, so I can’t cook the pasta ahead of time.

    Mimi did you put your uncooked pasta in ?? Did you add more broth??

    I have the same question, anybody have an experience of adding uncooked noodles to the pot. When? How long do you cook the whole thing? Thank you!

      Definitely do no add uncooked pasta in! Boil the noodles and just prepare as normal near the end when you add the cream cheese and corn starch in. When done, drain, Add the Sour Cream and then the Pasta (Barilla Cellentani is a great choice here – something different than egg noodles!). Other notes: 1) I’d go with more Stew Meat 3-4 pounds. 2) only about 2 tbl of Corn Starch (4 if you use flour. But you can play with this & broth as needed depending on desired sauce consistency). Great RECIPE BTW – thank You!!

I’m assuming that the Worcestershire sauce is added with the broth in the belonging. It’s in the list but not the instructions. Making it now!

For some reason mine is coming out very watery, almost like a soup. Any suggestions?

    Hi Alyssa, I am so so sorry, I had a typo in the recipe and it was missing the corn starch! Gah! I feel so terrible! The corn starch slurry is what thickens up the sauce – I’ve updated the recipe and I hope you’ll feel up to giving it another try! Again, so sorry!

    I tried to make this for dinner tonight, with the cornstarch and all, and it came out soupy as well. Any other suggestions??

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

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

How much cornstarch should be added to the beef stroganoff recipe?


Do have to use Dijon Mustard

    It does not have to be, but I would highly recommend it to get the best flavor! 🙂

I have a picky son who only likes ground beef in stroganoff. Could I just sub that instead of the stew meat? If so, any change in instructions? Should I brown it before?

    Hi Lara! You can definitely sub ground beef in this recipe. I would brown the meat for a bit before adding to the slow cooker.

Made it. Loved it. Still eating it. Thank you.

Tasted great! Forgot to thaw my stew meat so I made it in my pressure cooker. Turned out yummy and the entire family ate it up! Didn’t make any changes to the original recipe and it took about an hour to complete, from start to finish.

Can I use ground beef,cream of mushroom soup and goat cheese instead? That’s what I have in my fridge

    I would skip the goat cheese but I do think that ground beef and cream of mushroom soup will work well. 🙂

Wow! So delicious. I give you 5-star and thank you for sharing my favorite receipt.

Good recipe. Although, I’d like to point out that beef stroganoff is a Russian dish, not American/Italian.

    Haha yeah I was wondering when someone was gonna mention that. Like, an extremely classically Russian dish.

This is a family favorite in our house which is why we suggest it on We love that it doesn’t just use a can of soup. Delicious!!!!

Really good, when you consider how easy, it’s exceptional!

When do you add the pasta?

Do you cube or cut the beef before you add it?

    I was wondering the same thing!

Hello. Could I place the beef in while still frozen? If so, any adjustment in the cooking time? Thank you!

If I’m leaving for the day is it all right if I put the sour cream in the cream cheese in in the beginning

    Manny, you probably figured something out already, but generally dairy doesn’t do well in a long slow cook meal. Better to add it in at the end.

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 Le 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!

Should I add additional beef broth to the corn starch, or am I taking beef broth from the slow cooker to create my slurry? Thank you!

Hello! When adding the corn starch do you use half cup of beef broth from the crockpot or do you add an additional half cup of beef broth to the 2 cups already in the dish? Thanks!

Question: Do I brown the meat before putting in crock pot or do I put in raw?

Can I cook this over the stove? If so how long do you think it would take for the meet to cook?

This was soooo good! I just had to add an onion to mine in with the beef… turned out amazing. Thank you!

I ended up having to add stroganoff to a stovetop skilled and add flour to thicken after the 30 min. Next time I’ll reduce the broth to 1 cup or so. Other than that, this recipe flavor was OUTSTANDING and so easy. I’ve already shared with friends. Thank you!

I love this recipe! Here’s the thing, though. I followed it pretty closely, but had more than two pounds of stew meat. So to account for it, I added more beef broth; and ended up adding WAY too much! Even after a little corn starch at the end, way too much. So I dumped the egg noodles right in the slow cooker, using enough for the broth to cover (but no more), and the Stroganoff was AMAZING!
I love this recipe, particularly not using canned soup! Thank you!

Sounds yummy! Can I freeze this?

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.

This turned out so good! Thank you for sharing!

What size is your slow cooker?

When making the corn starch mixture, do you add an additional 1/2 cup of beef broth to the recipe or take it from the broth already in be crock pot?

Stroganoff isn’t itilian it’s russian.

Made this tonight for dinner and it was so good! Next time i think i’ll add extra pasta since it was so saucy. Great as is but figure This will just make more to freeze for work lunches.

Delicious and easy! I wasn’t sure whether I should cut the beef INTO CHUNKS before adding it to the slow cooker. i did and it turned out fine. (I wish that instruction was clearer.) Used nonfat, plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream and lite cream cheese. I needed more like 20 oz of pasta, rather than 12oz. this dish was fantastic and i look forward to trying other recipes on this website.

Can’t wait to try the slow cooker stroganoff recipe!!!

Excellent choice for a lazy Saturdy! Even my picky eater loved it😁

This dish is delicious and we absolutely love this version of Beef Stroganoff, However I thought you might like to know, stroganoff is Russian, not Italian.

This is delishous! Very good recipe!

WOW!! This was an incredible stroganoff recipe! I will be making this weekly! Thank you for sharing!

i purchased all the i Ing and realized its for a slow cooker. Hoping i can do this in a skillet

This recipe. Omg. I’m a huge fan of beef stroganoff, and wow, this recipe is absolutely DIvine. The only thing i did differently was add paprika and i didn’t do much of the Italian seasonings. I’m sure it’s amazing both ways though! Thank you for the best and easiest stroganoff recipe ever!

Oh and i used 3 cups beef broth and prepared 24oz of pasta and it was the perfect amount. Just a side note!

This was so so good! I subbed the cream cheese with neufchatel cheese and the sour cream with plain greek yogurt. Still so amazing!

Can this recipe be frozeN? i was thinking freeze before adding cornstarch, sour cream and cream cheese. Then add those when reheaTing

    Hi Mindy – I haven’t tried freezing it, but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work. good luck, let me know how it goes! Thanks!

    I’ve frozen this recipe and it was fine! I froze it totally cooked, pasta and all.

      Thanks for sharing with us, Kim!! Happy to hear that it turned out well for you frozen!

My whole family gobbled it uP, even my picky 6 yeat old! Thank you for the recipe!

It Turned Out Great. The only thing is That IT Came Out a Little Tangy. I THINK A Little Less Cream Cheese Would Fix THAT. But THE Consistency Came Out Perfect. Beef WAS SUPER Tender. Had A Side Of Sweet Peas AND Hawaiian Rolls. Kids Ate IT Up!!! 🙂

How do you call this dish Italian /American?

I do a vegitarian versi of this with a var of white, baby bella, and crimini mushrooms replacing the meat. Tofutti sour cream and a almond milk cream cheses spread i discovered. Delish!

8-9 hours? with the mushrooms in? It´s that a bit too long?

This was the best strog ever, i didn’t have that much time so i cut the beef very thin from a piece of blade roast and cooked on high for 4 hours and came out amazing!!

    Glad you love it! Thanks!!

Very good! The whole family loved it! I followeD the recipe exactly and it turned out great!

    Family approved- can’t be that! So happy to hear that you loved this!

Yes. Coming from Russia, my father would make stroganoff all the time, and not once did he use Italian seasonings?? I tried this to see how other people made it, and personally as my comfort food, I did not like it. It did not remind me of home, so I will be sticking to my family recipe. But nice guess on where it comes from, but maybe try not to stereotype.

Oh my goodness, girl, this is hands down, the creamiest, most delicious crockpot beef stroganoff i have ever tasted! I shared with a couple of guys at work and they told me I could make this for them anytime!

    Hi Darla! I am so excited to hear that you LOVED this dish!! Thanks!

I did use egg noodles, was yummie, filling and super easy! Made lots for lunch leftovers!

    Aren’t these leftovers delicious?! I am so happy to hear that you loved this recipe!! Thanks for stopping by, Tricia!

My cream cheese never melted. Yes it was soft and i even cooked it on high for 1 hr instead of the 30 min. I will make this again and will omit the cream cheese.

    Sorry about that- I personally haven’t had that issue. I’d love to hear how it turns out without the cream cheese! I hope you still love it. 🙂

Can you use greek yogurt instead of Sour cream?

    Absolutely! It should turn out just fine!! Hope you love it! 🙂