Ground Beef Stroganoff; full moon

When I first started making this, years ago, with cream of mushroom soup and sour cream, we called it Hamburger Stroganoff.

I don’t know when or why I stopped calling it hamburger and started calling if ground beef.

I think, in the U.S., one can buy ground beef or ground round or ground whatever. I have no idea if there is still hamburger.

The Brits call it all mince.

Anyway, I was curious so I googled the difference between hamburger and ground beef.

It’s simple, really: Ground beef, regardless of fat content, must have all of the fat used come from the beef trimmings. Hamburger, regardless of fat content, may contain fat that does not come from the trimmings.

My day is complete… I learned something new. Useless, but new.

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Ground Beef Stroganoff

Quick comfort food and an easy main course.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 4oz (120gr) egg noodles
  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4oz (125gr) mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180gr) beef broth
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/2 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in
  • 2 tbs beef stock
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 125ml) Greek yogurt, plain yogurt or sour cream


  • Cook noodles according to package instructions.
  • When done, drain and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Add onions and sauté until starting to get tender.
  • Add mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Add beef, sauté, breaking it up as it browns
  • Add broth, Worcestershire sauce, basil and heat to boiling
  • Add cornstarch, stirring until thickened.
  • Remove from heat, add yogurt, mix thoroughly.
  • Put the pasta in large pasta bowl, spoon the Stroganoff over and serve.


Substitute sour cream for the Greek yogurt


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 601
  • Sugar: 7.9 g
  • Sodium: 449.1 mg
  • Fat: 15.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.4 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 54.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 159.6 mg

Keywords: ground beef, mushrooms, pasta

Ground Beef Stroganoff

Or you could try a proper Beef Stroganoff

We’ve been having clear skies the last few days… And a full moon.

It’s not often that I get to see a moonrise

Followed by a moonset the next morning.

I was trying to capture the moon and the moon’s reflection in the pond. You can just see it in the reflection of the trees.

It was too early and too cold to go running out in the field so I stayed on the deck.

Maybe next time…

4 thoughts on “Ground Beef Stroganoff; full moon”

  1. I do wonder who is actually checking fat content comes from or not from trimmings, certainly can’t imagine much rigorous checking going in here in Morocco !!!

    • I don’t think there’s any checking going on at the butcher shops here, either. There’s usually just a grinder sitting on the counter that stuff gets tossed into during the day – turned on when someone is buying lol

  2. I’m late to this party, but we had ground beef stroganoff last week! Great minds… I use 80/20 and it has to be that according to the FDA. And yes, you can still buy hamburger here, but I don’t. I buy what the butcher at the store grinds. I don’t buy anything pre-ground in a tube. Whenever there’s been an outbreak of eColi here, it’s always the prepackaged stuff in the tubes.

    Were you able to see the green comet? It won’t be visible for another 5,000 years again. We couldn’t see it. Except for last night, every night here all week has been overcast. Any time there’s an astrological event, it’s always overcast. You got wonderful pictures!

    • Here I just double-check to make sure it’s 100% beef – no horse lol
      I missed the green comet – totally forgot about it. In my defense, every astronomical event I have tried to watch here has been clouded over so I’ve given up. But the moon was good lol

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