Longing for the flavor of old-school beef stroganoff, but have sworn off meat? Fear not, there's a way to enjoy this hearty, traditional dish while sticking to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
This homemade vegetarian "beef" stroganoff starts with store-bought vegetarian "beef" which is then browned with onions and mushrooms. The mixture is cooked in a quick sauce of canned cream of mushroom soup and sour cream, just as a traditional stroganoff made with meat would be prepared.
Gardein brand's beefless tips are suggested, but you can use any meat substitute you like/ Or try just using regular seitan. If you do use seitan, you'll want to brown it lightly on all sides for longer than the 6 to 7 minutes called for. And make sure it's chopped into bite-sized pieces.
You can cook the noodles while everything's in the pan, or steam some baked potatoes or rice to serve with it. You will have a full vegetarian meal on the table in less than 20 minutes and will satisfy the urge for traditional Russian cooking like your babushka used to make.
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 package Gardein beefless tips (or another vegan beef substitute)
- 1 small onion (diced)
- 8 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, or another kind of mushroom (sliced)
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1 (15-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup or vegan cream of mushroom soup
- 3 tablespoons sour cream (or non-dairy sour cream substitute if vegan)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 2 cups flat noodles (cooked and drained)
Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan and lightly brown the vegetarian "beef" on all sides. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes. Depending which kind of meat substitute you're using, keep a careful eye on it so it doesn't burn.
Add the onions, mushrooms, and garlic to the pan and continue to cook for about another 3 minutes.
Add the cream of mushroom soup and the sour cream, stirring to combine well. Stir in the white wine and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may also want to reduce the heat a bit to a medium-low.
Once everything is fully cooked, sprinkle with parsley and serve your vegetarian "beef" stroganoff over cooked noodles.
Additional Meatless Recipes
If you are looking for other meatless recipes—either using a meat substitute or hearty vegetables as its base—you may want to give some of these a try.
Quick mushroom stroganoff with onion soup mix has similar flavor and texture to the "beef" stroganoff recipe but uses mushrooms instead of beef, and doesn't include sour cream which keeps it vegan.