This recipe will serve 2-3 people and is easy to double or triple!
Step 1: Ingredients!
- one pound of beef (I prefer buying it in larger chunks and cutting it myself!)
- one onion
- four cloves of garlic (less or more if you like!)
- 1 cup sour cream
- a few tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of mustard (I used yellow because it's what I had on hand. It's even tastier with Dijon!)
- 1 1/2 cups of beef broth (I always go with no sodium beef broth)
- salt and pepper
- egg noodles
- a large skillet
- a large pot with a lid to cook the noodles in (I used a stock pot)
- a colander
- standard kitchen tools: knife, spoons, etc. :)
However, you can add them in and I'll tell you when!
Step 2: Get the Water on the Stove!
You'll want to use quite a bit of water - in my case, I filled the stock pot about halfway. This will give the pasta room to move as it cooks and keep it from sticking.
Add a couple of generous pinches of salt to season the water. :D
Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and let it hang out in the colander until the sauce is done!
Step 3: Prep the Onion, Garlic and Meat.
Dice the onion. Chop away! Don't try to be too exact unless you're cooking for someone that hates chunky onions. ;)
Slice the meat into 1 to 1/2 inch chunks. Make sure to cut against the grain!
And now we can begin cooking!
Step 4: Cook the Meat!
Once it's nice and hot (see the oil shimmering?) add the meat. At this point, add a little salt and pepper as it cooks.
Cooking will take only a few minutes, so stay with it. You'll want to keep the meat moving and only cook it until you can't see any pink. Then, scoop the meat and all of the juices from the pan and onto a plate to rest while you do the rest of the cooking. :)
Step 5: Cook the Onions and Garlic.
You want to cook the onions first - this will take a few minutes. Stir them every now and then to keep them from browning. After a few minutes, you should see them becoming golden, soft and translucent.
(If you want to add mushrooms - add them now! Let them cook for a couple minutes before you add the garlic!)
This is your cue to add the garlic!
Stir the garlic around for about a minute, making sure to keep it from burning!
Step 6: Add the Beef Stock!
Lower the heat and let this simmer for about 8-10 minutes. This will help soften the onions and garlic and the liquid will reduce during this time.
Step 7: Now, Add the Sour Cream and Mustard!
Let this simmer for a couple minutes.
Step 8: Add the Beef and the Pasta!
You need to make sure you get all of the resting juices into the sauce.
Once the noodles and beef are added, mix thoroughly and simmer until the beef is heated through. Then, do a little dance while you eat!
And now, food porn! :D