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Off Skillet Empire: Beef Stroganoff with Spinach Egg Noodles

Now that we've passed the holiday season and everyone's made those resolutions to eat healthy and go to the gym, I'm here to throw a wrench in those plans with a classic: beef stroganoff.

Ingredients:

Spinach Egg Noodles:
-8 oz. dry egg noodles
-4 tbsp butter (you will need 10 tbsp total)
-1 white onion, diced
-4 oz. mushrooms, diced (you will need 12 oz. total)
-1 clove garlic (or 1.5 tsp garlic from a jar)
-4 oz. spinach leaves (I used 5 oz., the package size)
Stroganoff:
-6 tbsp butter
-1.5 lbs. thin-cut meat, either top/bottom/eye of round, or sirloin, cut into 1/2" by 1.5" strips
-8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
-1/8 tsp. nutmeg
-1/2 tsp. tarragon
-8 oz. sour cream
-1/4 tsp. tabasco

Start by dicing that onion on that nice state-shaped bamboo cutting board that was arguably one of the better culinary gifts you received.

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Split the 12 oz. package of mushrooms into 4 oz. and 8 oz. portions. Dice the 4 oz. portion, and slice the 8 oz. portion. Set aside for later use.

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Start a large pot of boiling water, enough to cook 8 oz. of egg noodles. Cut the meat into thin strips, wrap, and place in refrigerator.

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Add the noodles to the boiling water, and cook for 8-10 minutes. Once soft, drain noodles and return to pot.

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Melt 4 tbsp. butter in a large skillet on medium-high.

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Saute onion, garlic, and mushrooms until soft and brown.

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Add spinach, and cook until slightly wilted.

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Add mixture to noodles, mixing well. Add salt and pepper as desired. Cover and keep warm.

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Wipe skillet clean, add butter (4 tbsp.) to skillet, and warm to high-medium high. Do not allow butter to burn.

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Add the beef, browning on each side, working in batches. Add salt and pepper to each batch.

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Set meat aside to rest. Cover.

Reduce heat to medium-high, add 2 tbsp. butter, and cook mushrooms. Sprinkle with nutmeg and tarragon.

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Reduce heat to low (and allow to cool), and add sour cream and tabasco. Mix well, and thin with water if too thick.

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Add in meat to mixture, continuously stirring until warm.

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Serve over the pasta and enjoy!

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