CEimB “Bean” Stroganoff

by Joanne on December 9, 2010

I remember a few years ago, Ted telling me he didn’t like beef stroganoff.  He just wasn’t crazy about that mushroom-gravy type sauce.  When this recipe was up for the making in our Craving Ellie schedule, I wondered what to use in place of beef and beef broth but somehow get a similar dish, one that Ted would like.


1.  I wanted a BIG BEAN.  A bean that would be similar to a piece of beef.



2.  Thinking Ted didn’t like the gravy type sauce, I’d make it tomato based which I knew he liked.


The following is what I came up with but if you want to see the “real McCoy”, go to Liz’s site at Not So Skinny Kitchen.  She made the entire menu complete with was the Stroganoff and Green Beans in Grainy Mustard.  I got a bit lazy this week and skipped the green beans PLUS, I don’t have the book and didn’t see that particular recipe on line. 

Joanne’s Vegetarian “BEAN” Stroganoff


  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 can FAVA beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 8 oz packages of sliced mushrooms (forgot to get the button mushrooms)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Tomato Soup *This allowed me to skip the flour since the soup was quite thick
  • 1/4 cup dry Sherry
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 6 oz Greek Style yogurt


  • 1 package COOKED whole wheat egg noodles *Follow package directions
  • fresh parsley to garnish

Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Add the onions and cook about 5 minutes on medium heat.  Add mushrooms and garlic and cook 5 more minutes.

Add the beans.  Add the soup, sherry, salt, pepper and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the yogurt and cook for 1 – 2 minutes more.

Spoon over the cooked noodles and garnish with parsley.


A couple of discoveries resulted from this dish:

1. Ted denies ever having told me he disliked beef stroganoff.

2. Fava beans caused (this is a bit embarrassing but I feel I know you guys well enough now….) bad gas.  For the first time in ages, Shane was off the hook and didn’t take the blame.


Good flavor.  A re-discovery of my enjoyment of egg noodles.


I’ll make this again but I’ll use REAL BEEF for Ted with the REAL BEEF BROTH and either a different bean or some vegetarian meat sub. for me.

Good pick Liz.


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  • At 2010.12.09 07:07, Kayte said:

    Interesting version. Haven’t made it yet, was hoping the steak would go on sale this weekend, if it does, I will try it then. You come up with the most interesting things over here…things I would never dream of and would love to have a bite of just to taste and see!

    • At 2010.12.09 15:16, Joanne said:

      Thanks Kayte.

      • At 2010.12.09 07:29, Heather said:

        This is great! I love how creative you always are. 🙂

        • At 2010.12.09 15:16, Joanne said:

          Ellie’s recipes are always easy to convert.

          • At 2010.12.09 08:42, Sarah said:

            The addition of the tomato sauce sounds delicious. I will have to try that the next time I make this.

            • At 2010.12.09 15:17, Joanne said:

              It added a unique twist on typical stroganoff

              • At 2010.12.09 10:33, Rachel said:

                I had totally forgotten about beef stroganoff! My mom used to make it all the time and it’s one of those dishes I miss as a vegetarian.
                I think your version looks delicious! I love the idea of using beans instead of beef and the ingredients are all things I tend to have on hand.

                • At 2010.12.09 15:17, Joanne said:

                  Thank you Rachel

                  • At 2010.12.09 11:09, Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox said:

                    That’s so funny. I had to read the title twice just to make sure it was bean and not beef. I knew you wouldn’t be cooking with beef but my head wasn’t wrapped around it til I saw the photos. Awesome!

                    • At 2010.12.09 15:21, Joanne said:

                      Not usually but if I cook from the Taste of Utica book, I won’t change the recipe since I’m trying to make every recipe from the local cook book as it was presented by the Utica resident.

                      • At 2010.12.13 18:15, Liz said:

                        This looks great, Joanne! What a fantastic idea to use beans in place of the beef though I’m sorry to hear about the side effects :/ I can’t remember the last time I had egg noodles before this, but I am definitely going to come up with some way to eat them more often now!!

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