Sausage Stroganoff

Just over two years ago I gave up my job in the city to be a stay at home Mum.  It was not an easy decision to make as I have always loved my work but with rising child care costs, extortionate travel costs and the stress of trying to work full time and look after a young family we knew we had to make some changes to our lifestyle.  Without a doubt the decision to stay at home has been the right one but, and it is a big but, the financial implications have been hard.  My children are happy and love having their Mum around and both are blissfully unaware of the constant budgeting, re budgeting, planning and worry that goes with being on a tight budget.  It has been easy to cut out the restaurant meals, trips to the movies, overseas holidays and replace them with cheaper alternatives but what I really try hard not to compromise on is good, home cooked meals.  I may not be able to use the best cuts of meat anymore or to try out all the new exotic fruit and veg that is now so readily available but if you look around, there are always cheaper alternatives which can often be just as tasty and are probably more local and in season.  It was while I was going through my pile of recipe cuttings that I found this recipe for Sausage Stroganoff.  I have no idea where it originates from but has probably been pulled out of one of my South African magazines from about 15 years ago.  It is a much cheaper alternative to the original beef or pork stroganoffs.  I buy good quality sausages which contain over 85% pork at a cost of £2.50 and can easily feed the four of us.  It is simple, quick, cheap and tasty – definitely worth a try.

Sausage Stroganoff


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings



  • 8 pork sausages
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 4 bacon rashers, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • 500 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 250 ml beef stock
  • 60 ml tomato paste
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 60 ml plain yogurt


  1. Grill or lightly fry sausages until cooked and nicely browned.
  2. Slice each sausage into 3 or 4 pieces and set to one side.
  3. Add olive oil to a frying pan and fry onions until soft.
  4. Add bacon and garlic to pan and continue to fry until bacon is cooked.
  5. Add mushrooms and continue to fry for approximately 5 minutes or until mushrooms are soft.
  6. Add beef stock, tomato paste and paprika and bring to a simmer, stirring well.
  7. Add cooked sausage pieces and continue to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  8. Stir in yogurt, mix well until heated through.
  9. Serve with mashed potato or rice.

I am entering this dish into this month’s Random Recipe challenge over at Belleau Kitchen which is  cuttings, memories and clippings.
and as it is also a budget version of a well know dish I am going to enter into this month’s Credit Crunch Munch blop hop wish is hosted by both Helen of Fuss Free Flavours and Camilla of Fab Food 4 All


Updated to include in January 2014’s The Spice Trail challenge which is all about cooking with paprika and can be found over at Bangers and Mash.
spice-trail-badge-squareI’m also going to submit this recipe to this week’s Recipe of the Week over at A Mummy Too.

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32 thoughts on “Sausage Stroganoff

  1. Camilla @FabFood4All

    Brilliant, am definitely going to give this recipe a try as I have all the ingredients and just need some mushrooms. Thank for posting such fab and frugal dish for Credit Crunch Munch – my mouth is watering already!

  2. Jean

    We are great fans of sausages and have them at least once a week.
    I haven’t had a strogonoff for years – they were all the rage when friends came round for dinner in the 1970’s !! This looks really tasty and satisfying and I shall give it a try……very good for the snowy weather we are having this spring.

  3. belleau kitchen

    mmmm, scrolling down your blog and seeing that beautiful photo of the bowl of sausage stew is simply mouth-watering… an excellent random recipe, very lucky and I can see why you cut it out and kept it… thanks so much for entering this month xx

  4. Suzanne Perazzini

    It’s all about choices and I applaud your choice to stay at home with your children. It gives them the best start possible in life. I know this choice is not always possible for everyone but at least those first few years before school is a good idea.
    I think you do very well on a limited budget. Your recipes are always lovely.

  5. Jen Price

    Fantastic idea. Stroganoff is something that I love eating out but never make because the beef version is quite expensive to make and my other half doesn’t like mushrooms. However we both love sausages and I have loads in the freezer. I always buy good quality ones when they are in the reduced price section and then freeze in bags of 4 so they’re always handy for a meal. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I’m going to try it out as soon as I can!

  6. Monet

    Hi Angela, I admire your decision…and I know it is a hard one to make. This sausage stroganoff looks just spectacular. Such a warm and filling meal. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Angela Darroch

      There have been so many changes in our lives since having a family but all worth while. All the best for your remaining months before baby Lou arrives.

  7. Zoe

    Hi Angela,

    I’m thinking to be a stay-at-home mum and choose to do part-time work instead.

    Good that this dish is saving $ and also very comforting to eat.


  8. Suzanne

    What a great idea to use sausages instead of other meat. We actually struggle to find really good quality sausages here in NZ so when we find some we buy them in bulk and stash them in the freezer – think I’ll be rolling this out as a good use for them.

  9. Stacy

    I would never have thought to use sausage in stroganoff and now I am asking myself, why ever NOT? What a beautiful dish!

  10. Vanesther - Bangers & Mash

    I love your ‘cheap’ version of a stroganoff but it looks anything but cheap – it looks absolutely gorgeous! As you’re probably aware, we’re big fans of sausages in our house, so this is going to go down a storm when I try it out on my family. Thank you so much for sharing in January’s The Spice Trail:)

  11. Emily @amummytoo

    Looks perfect and you’d never guess it was frugal! Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Tweeted and Pinned this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. I would love you to join in x

  12. John Johnson

    Thanks for a brill recipe. We always have a bit of difficulty getting our 3 year old granddaughter to eat things …….but with this meal there is no question or hesitation …’s gone! We go easy on the paprika but it doesn’t seem to affect the appeal or indeed the taste. Cook on!!

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