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Mid-week meal: Slow cooker beef stroganoff

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

I do love me a slow-cooker meal and a stroganoff. There’s something comforting about the both of them, so I decided to put the two together and see what happened. You know what happened? A delicious meal that everyone loved. That’s my measure of success, if everyone eats it and likes it… I’m a culinary genius. Winning.

I prefer my stroganoff without the meat. Mushrooms are one of my favourite foods, so quite often I’ll happily make it sans meat and add in some vegetables. This one uses meatballs, which make it a super easy meal for everyone. I just rolled those babies onto Hubby’s plate and enjoyed my mushroom overload. You can do as you please. Instead of beef strips I used meatballs, I just picked up a packet of mini organic meatballs from the supermarket, but I know Aldi does some cheap ones. You could even use the frozen ones from Ikea. Or make your own if you like.

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff


1 can of cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup beef stock {or 3/4 cup water with a beef stock cube}
1 packet of meatballs {around 500g if you’re making your own}
1 onion, sliced
300g mushrooms sliced
1 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp paprika
1 cup sour cream
1 tbs cornflour
Pasta spirals or rice, for serving


♥ If you’re using fresh meatballs {i.e. not frozen} then you might like to brown off the meatballs quickly in a frying pan with a little oil, so that they don’t fall apart during cooking. I did.
♥ In your slow cooker, empty the can of soup, the stock. Add the meatballs, sliced mushrooms, onion, tomato paste and paprika. Stir gently to combine, and then cover. Place on low heat and cook for 6-8 hours.
♥ Half an hour before you’re ready to serve, start cooking your rice of pasta.
♥ Mix the cornflour into the sour cream, and mix into the slow cooker mixture. Cook until your pasta or rice is cooked.
♥ Serve with some greens like broccoli, zucchini and beans.

Do you own a slow cooker? What’s your favourite meal to make?

P.S. If you don’t own one, you can win one in my April giveaway here.

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  • I love me a good slow cooker meal! My fave to make is probably slow cooked lasagne – people always seem surprised by it but it’s delicious

    • I’ve made that before too, it was good. Did you do it in neat layers, or just the messy ‘throw it all in’ version?

  • I am a fan of the slow cooker and do a great Goulash, but unfortunatley Sadie doesn’t like mushy food, so my slow cooker doesn’t get used nearly as much as I would like as i still have to make a seperate meal regardless. This looks tasty though, might have to dust off the slow cooker.

    I think I have the only child in the universe that doesn’t like mashed potato or bolognaise, which seems to be every other mothers back up meal of choice.

    • I wonder if she’d like the meatballs because they’re not as muchy and keep their shape? Sadie is one cheeky monkey, keeping you on your toes!

      • Oh good thinking. She won’t eat them in the dish but if I cook a few of those seperatley and stack her plate with uncooked mushrooms (the only way she’ll eat them) we might just be onto a win. High five sister xx

  • My fave thing to cook in my slow cooker is Pumpkin soup, it makes the whole house smell amazing and the soup just tastes sooooo good!

  • I LOVE my slow cooker and quite often do a beef stroganoff in autumn and winter. I use beef instead of meatballs and because it’s slow cooked it’s very tender. Mmm, mmm.

  • Melissa P

    I add my pasta or rice straight into the slow cooker with about 45 minutes to go – no need to dirty another pot!

    • Seriously? This is a VERY hot tip. I’m gonna try this. It felt almost wrong to be getting a pot out.

      • Melissa P

        Serious! You may just have to add a little more liquid 🙂

        • Alright. I’m going to test this out. You may have just saved the sanity of people all over Australia. Golden. x

  • abbiedaniels25

    I LOVE my slow cooker – smelling dinner for hours cooking away on its own! I’ve had my foot in a cast for 6 weeks so I got whoever was visiting at the time to throw everything in the slow cooker and we ate goulash, stroganoff, salsa chicken, butter chicken, lamb and corned meat. ( they all freeze well too!) I haven’t tried lasagne yet but I do hear it’s pretty good.

    • That’s my favourite thing, that smell. I kinda get a bit smug when I have my slow cooker out.

  • I need recipes! Having a newborn and nearly 4 year old I want to make the most of my slow cooker, especially now we’re in the cooler months. Anyone have any nice vegetarian meals?

    • Oh, vegetarian would be yummy. I’ve done slow cooker jacket potatoes which are nice. But pumpkin soup is next on my list. I’ll try and do a few for you. 🙂

  • Helen Jaman

    I’ve just returned from the supermarket with all of these ingredients !! Will give it a go tomorrow ! I love making a spagetti bolognese in my slow cooker, I basically do it just like stove top however cooking it slowly makes it have so much more flavour !! Yummo !! Thanks for sharing ! Hx

  • Veronica

    I need to buy a slow cooker, what recommendations do you have?

    • To be honest, you can pick up anything for quite cheap now. I can’t remember what brand I have {I’m not at home} but I just picked something in the mid-price range and it’s never failed me. Just make sure if you have a bigger family that it’s a big bigger, or at least big enough to slow cook a whole chicken in it.

    • Julie

      I love my slow cooker. I sell them at my work an online electrical company based in Melbourne but we ship Austraslia wide.

  • Bron

    Lamb shanks in the slow cooker is my fav. Mmmm, want it now!

  • Yum. my slow cooker is getting used more and more as the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder

  • Guest

    Oh I do love a good Strog, and this is going onto my meal plan for the week 😉

  • Chantelle! When you make your own meatballs do you add anything else in the mixture? Or do you simply just roll up 500g of beef mince into balls? Thanks x

    • For this dish I’d just make them really simply; some finely diced onion, a egg to help bind them together and some seasoning. 🙂

  • Denise Lord

    I love to make a really helalthy stew!

  • Thanks for the recipe, may try next week. I love my slow cooker, if they kids don’t see me in the kitchen, they don’t act like they have never seen food before, even though you can smell it cooking. I have tried other recipes before, but none are like the ones hubby remember his mother making (strange as he always says she was an average or less cook)

  • Well, it’s in the slow cooker, let’s see how it goes tonight! I think the meatballs I’m using are packed full of numbers though, so next time might be time to make my own. Or use casserole beef! Thanks!

    Oh and my fav slow cooker meal is beef cheeks and red wine!

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  • This is in the slow cooker for dinner tonight. I can’t wait to dig in to it!

    • This was amazing. It was so delicious I went back for seconds. And now I’m too full to move. Thanks for this recipe!

  • Kylie Gardner

    Pilfering your archives for dinner suggestions 🙂 this one is going in the meal plan for the week, fingers crossed the four year old will eat it!