Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff

June 12, 2018
Love traditional beef stroganoff?  Give this Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff version a try!  It's a twist on the classic that's sure to become a favorite with the entire family, kids and grown-ups alike.

Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff Image

Growing up, it was a family tradition that on your birthday, you got to pick anything you wanted for your birthday dinner.  Mom would offer up her cooking talents to prepare anything the birthday girl's or boy's heart desired.  It's a tradition I carry on now in my own home.

Fortunately for my Mom I'm sure, we never requested anything too crazy ... always preferring to choose one of our favorites from her typical daily dishes.

For me, I always chose either her homemade pizza or my very favorite beef stroganoff casserole.  Without fail, I never waivered from these two.

Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff is a twist on the classic that's sure to become a favorite with the entire family, kids and grown-ups alike.

I just adore the flavor and creaminess of beef stroganoff.  The way the red wine, tomato sauce and sour cream-based sauce combines with the ground beef and noodles is simply pure comfort food bliss to me.

Now that I'm a mom, I'm thrilled that our 8-year-old little Miss H. adores beef stroganoff casserole, too.  Almost  as much as I do.

But do you know what she adores even more than my Mom's classic beef stroganoff casserole?

This Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff!  Given her love for all things Ranch, I'm not one bit surprised.

Ranch Beef Stroganoff Casserole Image

This Ranch version of beef stroganoff gets a little zip of ranchy flavor from using a packet of dry Ranch seasoning mix in the sauce.  

In the finished dish the Ranch flavor is fairly mild, bringing a nice zip of flavor without totally overpowering everything else and making you feel like you're eating a spoonful of beefy noodles with Ranch dressing.

To make this tasty stroganoff, simply brown ground beef with onion, garlic, and mushrooms ... just as you would in Mom's traditional beef stroganoff casserole.

The tomato sauce and beef broth from traditional recipes is omitted, and replaced with buttermilk and chicken broth.  The buttermilk and chicken broth combine much better with Ranch and allow the Ranch flavor to come through.

Then add in flour, broth, other ingredients and sour cream to create a creamy sauce.

In this stroganoff version, the tomato sauce and beef broth from traditional recipes is omitted, and replaced with buttermilk and chicken broth.  The buttermilk and chicken broth combine much better with Ranch and allow the Ranch flavor to come through.  And I mean seriously, buttermilk just goes  with Ranch, right?

Once the sauce is simmered, combine the sauce with cooked egg noodles and place the mixture in a 9x13-inch baking dish.  I like to use wide or extra-wide egg noodles because I feel they hold the sauce better and don't "fall apart" in the baked casserole.

Top the noodle mixture with a simple panko bread crumbs topping ...

Ranch Beef Stroganoff Casserole with Panko Crumb Topping Image

And pop the casserole in the oven to bake up until everything is hot and bubbly, and the panko crumb topping is golden brown ...

Baked Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff Image

Once it's all baked up, this stroganoff is ready to hit the table.

The first time I served it to my family for dinner, I wasn't sure how it would be received.  I mean, given our love for the traditional beef stroganoff flavors, would they turn their noses up at this Ranch version?

Well, I'm happy to report Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff debuted to rave reviews!  Especially to rave reviews from our sweet little Miss H.

She now requests quite frequently that I make this for dinner.  And who knows, this may  just become her birthday dinner special request!

Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff Photo
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Zesty Ranch Beef Stroganoff
(Print recipe)
  • 10 oz. wide egg noodles
  • 1 to 1 ½ lb. ground beef
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 T. all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 (1 oz.) packet  Ranch dressing mix/seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until limp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add ground beef and mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, until ground beef is browned.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Stir in flour.
  4. Return pan to heat. Stir in chicken broth, buttermilk, and dry Ranch seasoning. Bring a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in sour cream, mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper. Toss ground beef mixture with the cooked noodles.
  6. Spoon into a greased 2-quart casserole dish or 9x13-inch baking dish.
  7. For the topping, combine 2 tablespoons melted butter, Panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley in a small bowl. Toss together with a fork. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the noodle mixture.
  8. Bake at 350℉ for 25 – 30 minutes until heated through and bubbly.

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  1. Thank you Tracey for that delicious looking recipe, this is my husband's favorite dish so I love your version of it. I can convert it to gluten free to, as have celiac disease.

    We are neighbors at Inspire Me Monday this week.

    You're welcome to drop by for a cuppa!

  2. I'm sure the ranch dressing adds a little something different and unexpected to the classic recipe. I have pinned it to try out. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  3. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week, and thanks so much for sharing it with us. We are pinning it to our Features Board and hope you enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen


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