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Best Mushroom Stew

by Adina 14/10/2019 14 comments

plate of mushroom stew with polenta


Aromatic mushroom stew in a delicious sauce with lots of herbs, a perfect vegetarian stew for this cold autumn days.



This mushroom stew is be my favorite mushroom dish.

I love mushrooms and I eat them in many delicious ways, but this mushroom stew is special. I have been making it for so many years, it was one of the first really good recipes I have learned to cook and it is a delight every time I make it.

OK, I’ll admit a delight for me and my husband and all other people who ever got to eat it, except my kids. They absolutely hate mushrooms, more than they hate Brussels sprouts or broccoli or any other vegetable… And I cannot understand why.


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But don’t let my children put you off from trying this amazing mushrooms stew. If you like mushrooms just a little bit, you will adore this mushroom stew.

A really perfect dish, if you ask me. I have been making it for so many years and there is not one thing I could think of changing, I think it has reached the superlative just the way it is.

I have another few recipes on Where Is My Spoon, which awake the same feelings in me: of them being so perfect that there is nothing I could imagine improving, dishes that were found to be wonderful by every single person who ever tasted them. Here are some of them, if you would like to give them a try:

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Ramen Nappa Cabbage Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Almonds

Strawberry Cheesecake

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Moist Chocolate Gateau or Cake with Chocolate Cream Filling


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  • I have only ever made this dish with plain mushrooms (champignons ) either white or brown or a mixture of the two. You could probably make it with fancier wild mushrooms, if you wish, but they are rather expensive and very seasonal. The plain mushrooms are something you can get anywhere anytime and they fit this stew perfectly.
  • I never wash mushrooms, I think they tend to soak the water and lose their flavor in the process. But I do take my time to wipe them very thoroughly with kitchen paper. And do no throw away the stems, I know many people who do and I cannot understand them. Chop them and add them to the stew as well.

Otherwise, the rest of the ingredients are as easily available and cheap as you can imagine.

  • Some herbs
  • Good sweet paprika powder
  • White wine
  • Milk to round up the taste of the stew at the end of the cooking process, but if you don’t care much about the calories, you can use heavy cream instead.
  • I almost always use low-fat milk to make the stew. And when using it, I prefer to take a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
  • It is an optional step, it makes the sauce a bit thicker and I like it like that, but if you prefer a thinner sauce, you can leave it the way it is.
  • The thickening of the sauce is not necessary if you use heavy cream instead of milk, that will give the stew its right consistency.

Can I make the mushroom stew vegan?

  • Definitely.
  • Replace the dairy with their vegan alternative, like soy milk or soy cream, almond milk or whatever you like to use in this kind of dishes.


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Preferably immediately after cooking. It can be reheated like any other stew, but I find it best when served immediately.

And you can be very creative when it comes to the side dish for this mushrooms stew.

Our first choice is always polenta. It fits the stew perfectly and the best about it is that while the husband and I are enjoying the mushroom stew over polenta, the kids can have their polenta with cheese and yogurt and then there will be no complains at all at the table.

But other delicious alternatives are Semmelknödel – German bread dumplings, Spätzle – Swabian noodles or any kind of noodles actually or rice.

A nice green salad and maybe a dollop of Greek yogurt and you will have a complete, healthy, and utterly delicious meal in no time.


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And although this recipe is so cheap and easy to make, it is definitely something to serve to guests as well, you can be sure that unless they have a mushroom phobia like my kids, they will adore it.

Just don’t do it like I did the last time I served this to guests: I prepared the dish for a small crowd and I mistook the paprika powder jar with the cayenne pepper jar, so I put 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper in the food.

It was the hottest dish I have ever tasted. I tried to save it a bit by pouring almost two cups of heavy cream and more broth in the stew, but it didn’t really help, it was soooo hot. We still ate it though, with tears in our eyes and lots and lots of noodles, it still tasted good! 🙂



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Best Mushroom Stew

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Aromatic mushroom stew in a delicious sauce with lots of herbs, a perfect vegetarian stew for this cold autumn days.


  • 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs white or brown mushrooms
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika powder
  • 150 ml/ 5 fl.oz/ 2/3 cup white wine
  • 150 ml/ 5 fl.oz/ 2/3 cups good quality vegetable broth
  • 150 ml/ 5 fl.oz/ 2/3 cups milk or heavy cream (See note)
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch, optional, not necessary if using heavy cream
  • 1 bunch parsley or chives
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice or to taste
  • fine sea salt and pepper


  1. Clean the mushrooms by wiping them carefully with kitchen paper to remove any dirt that might stick to them. Halve or quarter the mushrooms, depending on their size. If they are very small, you can leave them whole. Chop the stems in 2 or 3 pieces as well. Set aside.
  2. Finely chop the onions and the garlic cloves. Heat the oil and the butter in a stew pot and cook the onions and the garlic until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add the mushrooms, cover the pot and leave to cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato paste, sweet paprika powder and some salt and pepper. Stir to coat the mushrooms with the spices.
  5. Add the white wine and let it bubble off completely.
  6. Add the vegetable broth, cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  7. Shortly before the end of the cooking time, whisk the milk and the cornstarch together in a small bowl. Slowly pour the mixture into the pot while whisking all the time. Stir well and let cook for another two minutes or so until the sauce thickens slightly.
  8. If you are using heavy cream, the cornstarch will not be necessary. Just stir the cream into the dish and let cook for a couple of minutes as well or until the sauce thickens slightly.
  9. Adjust the taste with lemon juice and more salt and pepper. Chop the herbs and add to the stew.
  10. Serve immediately with one of the above-mentioned side dishes.


The nutrition is calculated considering that you have used milk and cornstarch. If using heavy cream one portion of the mushroom stew will have about 350 calories.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of the dish
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 242 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 459mg Carbohydrates: 25g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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[email protected]'s Recipes 19/09/2017 - 19:08

Looks really great over polenta!

Chris Scheuer 20/09/2017 - 13:35

This is such a unique but delicious looking/sounding dish. We’re crazy for mushrooms and I know this would be a big hit. Haha, we have one mushroom hater in the family too, so sad for him!

Sissi 21/09/2017 - 21:42

Wonderful way to serve a mushroom stew! Purée looks so amazing together with mushrooms! I love the stew recipe too! I am a big fan of mushrooms, so thank you for sharing one more mushroom recipe.

Amy Kugali McWilliams 21/09/2017 - 23:01

I just made this, it is so incredibly delicious! Thank you I will never make a complicated French style mushroom soup ever again! YUM!

Adina 22/09/2017 - 05:31

Thank you for the feedback, Amy. I am so glad you liked the soup! ??

Marvellina|What To Cook Today 23/09/2017 - 02:07

My kids hate mushrooms too. Even my son who will eat pretty much everything refuses mushrooms LOL! My husband and I love mushrooms though! This mushrooms stew look absolutely delish

mjskitchen 25/09/2017 - 03:59

I pretty much love anything served with polenta, but these mushroom take the cake. What a good looking bowl of deliciousness!

Kim 26/09/2017 - 21:45

Mmmm. This recipe sounds tremendous. My mother always served a hearty Italian stew over soft polenta, so this has me thinking of her and home. I’m lucky that my kids will eat mushrooms, although one likes them a little better than the other. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe.

T 29/09/2017 - 05:23

I am currently eating this right now, and it’s great! The stew tastes a lot like a marsala sauce- and eating it over polenta is very savory and satisfying. I added about double the amount of cornstarch (I think I used fewer mushrooms and ended up with a greater proportion of liquids). I did add fresh thyme to the recipe because anything with mushrooms deserves thyme, in my opinion.
Thanks for the recipe!

Adina 29/09/2017 - 05:31

So great to hear this, T. 🙂 Thyme is a great idea, I use it often for mushrooms myself.

mary anderson 14/10/2019 - 19:15

great recipe. i really love to make this kind of recipe because kids these days they dont like to have heavy stuff all the time glad i can make something delicious for them thanks to you 🙂

mjskitchen 20/10/2019 - 05:04

I still make your baked polenta with mushrooms because we absolutely love it. This dish with the creamy polenta looks like another keeper. Am going to try this one as well. thanks Adina!

Karen (Back Road Journal) 23/10/2019 - 15:25

This sounds delicious Adina, especially served over soft polenta. We have a son who refuses to eat mushrooms as well, he doesn’t know what he is missing.

Gloria Borger 13/11/2019 - 17:45

This Looks delicious I will definitely try this recipe. Thank for sharing


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