This isn’t a classic Beef Stroganoff…it’s more like a stripped down version. But that is where my heart is tonight. Basic. Essential. Sincere.
I didn’t realize I was making Beef Stroganoff until I was nearly done making this dish. It all started rather innocently with me deciding what to do with a leftover beef pot roast that was at risk of drying out in the refrigerator.
I pulled some items from the refrigerator and the pantry and I began putting stuff in measuring cups, as if I was working from a recipe. Who was I trying to fool? I was just making stuff up, as usual.
The simple fact of the matter is, I just wanted to make something to help ease our troubled minds. Our lives are under a tremendous strain right now and our emotions are conflicted.
We need to find some comfort every day. We should gather our families together to share a meal and make time to share our thoughts and feelings.
1 ½ cups elbow macaroni
1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs flour
2 cups chicken stock
2 Tbs beef bouillon
1 Tbs ground black pepper
1 Tbs salt
½ cup half and half
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ lbs cooked beef roast
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
Boil the macaroni in a large pot of lightly salted water. Strain the macaroni when it becomes tender. Set aside.
In a large skillet, add olive oil and sauté the onion until the onion begins to soften.
Move the onion aside, in the pan and add butter. Set the heat to low.
Add flour and whisk the butter and flour.
Add the chicken stock, beef bouillon, pepper and salt. Turn heat to medium and whisk. Once the sauce thickens add the Worcestershire sauce and the half and half. Whisk to incorporate.
Add the beef and stir.
Cover and simmer at low heat for 30 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and stir briefly. Turn off the heat and add the macaroni. Stir to mix and turn out to a large serving bowl.