Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff

Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff is a fantastic family-friendly meal that’s perfect with rice, pasta, or potatoes. My favourite way to use leftovers.

My Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff has always been popular, both online and in our house. But my recipe has changed slightly over the years, so it’s time for an update for 2020. Basically, it’s meatier!

I’ve also removed the recommendation to sub sour cream with yoghurt, after some feedback that it had separated.

However the recipe has evolved, it’s always been a tasty, and kid-friendly beef stroganoff recipe that my whole family love.

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I don’t know about you, but I love a big Sunday roast.

When it comes to meat, I love them all, it just depends on what I fancy. Whatever we have, one of my favourite things in the world is creating an awesome leftover meal with whatever is left.

If you are wondering what to do with Leftover Roast Beef, easy beef stroganoff could be perfect.

Your meat stays nice and soft, and deliciously moist, which means this recipe for Beef Stroganoff is brilliant.

You can also make beef stroganoff with leftover steak, following this recipe.

Served Beef Stroganoff in pasta bowl with tagliatelle

Meal Planning

Having plenty of Leftover Beef I always think gives you a big advantage when it comes to your meal plans.

You’ve got a great Monday or Tuesday meal ready without having to buy expensive ingredients or put much effort in.

You’ve already got cooked beef, and you can have this gorgeous meal ready in little more than 30 minutes.

Beef stroganoff in frying pan on checked towel on table. Serving spoon, salt and pepper and bowl to side

Cooking Stroganoff from Scratch

With some meals, I still use jars of sauce or packets of mix.

Sometimes, they taste pretty good, and if you are in a rush, or don’t have much time but want the kids to eat something that’s not chicken nuggets and chips, opening a jar of bolognese sauce isn’t the end of the world (totally recommend adding some sliced mushrooms and peppers though!)

But I would always recommend cooking stroganoff from scratch. It’s super simple and really easy to adjust to your own taste preferences, and from-scratch stroganoff sauce always tastes so much better than any pack mix that I’ve ever tried.

It’s well worth it, and not that much harder/more time-consuming!

What is Stroganoff Sauce Made Of?

frying pan in centre of shop, 2 pasta bowls to sides, filled with beef stroganoff and pasta. Glasses of water, forks and salt and pepper surrounding

The basics of stroganoff sauce are soured cream and stock, or broth. In this case beef. It’s then flavoured with mustard and often, paprika.

It’s a super yummy flavour, and easy to adapt. I love to add plenty of mushrooms to my stroganoff recipe too.

We also make chicken, pork, mushroom and halloumi stroganoff regularly, we love it that much!

Can You Make Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff Without Soured Cream?


Personally, I think leftover roast beef stroganoff with sour cream is the best option, but if you fancy a stroganoff with your leftover roast beef, and don’t have soured cream, you could try substituting something like Crème Fraiche or cream.

I used to recommend yoghurt as a sub, but following some feedback I’ve stopped. However, if you do want to try, full-fat dairy is always less likely to separate than low-fat or fat-free.

I’ve also been told that cream cheese works well. I’ve not tried it myself though, so couldn’t say either way. Again though, if you do try cream cheese, I’d opt for full-fat.

Some recipes also make leftover roast beef stroganoff with cream of mushroom soup, but this isn’t something that I’ve tried.

What is Beef Stroganoff Served With?

Stroganoff is often served with rice or pasta, but can also work well with potatoes, especially mash which is just so comforting.

Close up of served leftover beef stroganoff with pasta in bowl

We usually serve our Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff with tagliatelle, just because it’s a favourite and we’ve usually got some in.

I also really love beef stroganoff with egg noodles. But honestly, I’d eat pretty much anything with noodles!

If you’ve got leftover potatoes from Sunday lunch, and even leftover veg, don’t waste them, warm them up and serve with your stroganoff.

Can You Freeze Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff?

3/4 shot of served leftover stroganoff in bowl. Saucepan and frying pan in back of shot

You can freeze beef stroganoff to eat another day, even if it is with leftover roast beef. Simply cool quickly by removing from the heat and placing in a cool tub, seal when cool, label, and freeze.

It will last for at least a month, just thaw it fully in the fridge and then cook until the meat is hot all of the way through.

I’d warm it gently in a frying pan until piping hot, adding extra beef stock if needed.

However it’s worth remembering that the more you cool and reheat foods, the more they degrade, and the more the risks grow.

Personally, I might cook this and freeze for another day, or freeze leftover beef to make this recipe with another day but I wouldn’t cook this, serve it, and then freeze the leftovers of my leftovers.

If you have any questions about reheating or freezing leftover meat, I like to use this article as a guide.

Can You Use Fresh Beef?

top shot of two bowls of served stroganoff with pasta.

The sauce in this recipe is perfect for making stroganoff with fresh beef.

You could use a pack of diced beef, but I find outside of a casserole it can be quite chewy.

I recommend using steak.

Fry whole in a pan over a medium heat, until cooked as you like it, remove from the heat, and slice into strips.

Then follow the recipe below.

Other Leftover Roast Beef Recipes

If you like this beef stroganoff using leftover roast beef, you might also want to try some of these roast beef leftovers recipes:

Yield: 4 People

Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff

Close up, side shot of beef stroganoff and pasta in bowl, frying pan and saucepan in the background

A fabulous way to use up all that gorgeous leftover roast beef

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 400 g Roast Beef - Sliced into strips or diced
  • Pinch Salt and Pepper
  • Cooking spray - or 1tbsp oil
  • 30 g Butter
  • 1 Red Onion - Diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic - Crushed
  • 250 g Button Mushrooms - Sliced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Splash Lemon Juice
  • 200 ml Beef stock
  • 150 ml Soured cream
  • 1/2 tsp Chopped Parsley


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and gently fry the beef with a little salt and pepper for a few minutes, until warm, and browned if using uncooked beef
  2. Tip into a bowl and leave to one side
  3. In the same pan, melt a good knob of butter
  4. Add the onions and garlic and fry for 5 minutes until soft
  5. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook for 2 minutes
  6. Stir in the mustard, paprika and lemon juice until evenly mixed
  7. Pour in the stock, stir and bring to the boil
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes
  9. Return the beef to the pan, add the sour cream and parsley and stir
  10. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce thickens
  11. Serve with pasta, rice or potatoes, straight from the pan


  • If the sauce isn't thickening quickly enough, mix 1tbsp cornflour with 2tbsp warm water (or stock if you have some left) and stir through the stroganoff sauce. Allow to simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  • Use ground parsley if you don't have fresh

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 portion

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1135mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 23g

The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors.

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21 thoughts on “Leftover Roast Beef Stroganoff”

  1. It looks delicious! We rarely have leftovers after having roast beef but this looks delicious so I’ll just have to buy a bigger joint of beef next time so I can have a go at something like this.

  2. Stroganoff is one of my favourite winter warmers, love it! I often do a version in the slow cooker, and love to come home to the beautiful smell of it cooking away. This one looks perfect! Thank you for sharing #CookBlogShare

  3. I made this using some frozen Cooked pork and Beef slices I found in my freezer. I used Full fat Philadelphia cheese rather than Sour cream as that was all I had available during the Covid lockdown And served it with white rice. This meal tasted amazing-better than any Stroganoff I had ever bought in the shops and it was so Quick and easy to make. I was very impressed and will make it again

    • Sounds lovely Linda, I’m a big fan of using what you’ve got, and I must say we’re using some funny ingredients at the moment too!! Hope you are safe and well, I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Take care.

  4. My husband gave the ultimate compliment….”.I like this better than the 1st time we had the roast beef” ! Thank you for sharing. It was so easy and tasty!!

  5. I was looking at another recipe and saw yours. I had leftover cooked beef and cooked pork. Followed your recipe … love the idea of red onions and used Crimini mushrooms, garlic and added red bell pepper for color and added Worcestershire sauce and love the Dijon mustard and paprika and little sour cream. Mix in cooked rotelle pasta. Delicious.. Thank you for sharing

  6. Lush. Was worried the beef would do tough but it was just as tender as the first time round. My fussy eater loved it though he avoided the mushrooms! Swapped sour cream for Greek yogurt

  7. As a veggie with a “meatie” hubby I’m always looking for recipes that could be easily adapted to work for both of us to save cooking 2 entirely separate meals AND using up left-over meat from his roast (I never buy a tiny joint!) made this a winner! Prepared the sauce then split across 2 pans for the 20 minute simmer, 1 with the beef and 1 with extra mushrooms for me, mountain of rice, job done, absolutely yummy with very little effort or skill required – my kind of meal! Thank you

  8. Our house recipe for stroganoff was using ground beef, but this recipe will take over as #1! It was absolutely delicious. We don’t really enjoy leftover roast beef, my hubby doesn’t like gravy so it limits what you can do with it. The flavours were spot on with this. I didn’t have a smoky paprika(on my grocery list) so shook in a bit of mesquite seasoning. I used a regular onion, will try the red next time. We think the beef was more tender and tasty in this recipe than first made! Glad I found this, thank you.


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