quick beef stroganoff made with beef and gravy

The Use-It-Up Cookbook

Whenever I have lots of leftovers and no plan for using them up, I turn to the The Use-It-Up Cookbook: A Guide for Minimizing Food Waste. All I need to do is check the index of The Use-It-Up Cookbook to find suggestions for recipes or ways to use up the leftover food. My Quick Beef Stroganoff recipe helped me use up leftover beef and gravy with a few additional ingredients.

Two weekends ago, my husband made round steak with homemade gravy for dinner which turned out to be a little dry. I had considered using it in pot pie, but I didn’t think that would solve the dryness issue. After consulting The Use-It-Up Cookbook: A Guide for Minimizing Food Waste, I decided to try the Quick Beef Stroganoff, a family favorite. However, I altered the recipe a little to use up the homemade beef gravy and some frozen sauteed mushrooms.

Quick Beef Stroganoff

from The Use-It-Up Cookbook: A Guide for Minimizing Food Waste


3 T. flour
2 cups cooked beef, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup water
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
4 ounces canned mushrooms, drained
1 cup sour cream


Put the flour and pepper in a dish, and drop the sliced beef into the mixture to coat the beef.

Brown the beef in a large skillet and then add onion and garlic. Saute until the onions are translucent. Add water to the mixture and stir to loosen the bits on the bottom of the skillet.

Add soup and mushrooms. Heat until the mixture is warmed thoroughly. Just before serving, add the sour cream.


Instead of soup, I used the gravy thinned with a little water. Instead of canned mushrooms, I used mushrooms already sauteed in butter from the freezer.


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    • babhoyersh says

      I love it because you can look for something according to an ingredient or you can look for an all purpose recipe like a casserole. Each ingredient has a list of quick ways to use it up along with a few recipes that require a bit more time.

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