Close up of spoon scooping up Creamy Mushroom Sauce
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Mushroom Sauce

Recipe video above. From steaks to chicken, chops to pasta, this creamy Mushroom Sauce is one you'll make over and over again. See in post for more uses! Luxurious yet simple, the key here is getting complexity into the sauce using wine, parmesan and broth. See note for how to lighten this up.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Mushroom Sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Nagi

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g / 10 oz mushrooms , sliced (Note 1)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4 cup (65 ml) white wine or rose , dry (Note 2 subs)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup (250 ml) heavy / thickened cream (Note 3)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan ,finely grated (30g / 1 oz) (Note 4)
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1/4 - 1/2 tsp dried)

Instructions

  • Heat oil and melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and leisurely cook until golden brown - takes about 4 to 5 minutes. No need to stir constantly.
  • Just before they're done, add the garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until garlic is golden (~ 1 minute).
  • Add white wine - it will sizzle! Stir, scraping the bottom of the skillet, for 1 minute or until mostly evaporated.
  • Add broth, cream and parmesan. Stir, then lower heat to medium so the sauce is simmering - do not boil rapidly, cream may split.
  • Stir occasionally and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes until it thickens. It shouldn't be super thick, this is a rich sauce.
  • Stir through thyme, adjust salt and pepper to taste. Remove from stove. 
  • Serve over steak or other cooked protein. Toss through pasta, stuff into baked potatoes, serve with roast beef, chicken or pork, smothered omelettes. See in post for more ideas!

Notes

1. Mushrooms - any mushrooms are fine here. I used standard white button mushrooms in the photos, and brown button mushrooms in the video (Swiss Brown / Cremini). Can use MORE mushrooms if planning to stuff into something like baked potatoes.
2. Wine - any dry white is fine here, avoid woody / oaky ones (eg Chardonnay) and sweet ones. I like Sauvignon Blanc and related varieties, Pinot Gris, and rose wines are terrific too (which is what I used in the video).
Wine sub: Use extra 1/4 cup broth and do not skip the parmesan! Essential for flavour :)
3. Cream - If you can't find thickened or heavy cream, just use a high fat % cream (30%+, check carton). See below for how to use light cream.
4. Parmesan - important to grate your own using a fine grater to ensure it melts into the sauce. Do not use store bought shredded or sandy parmesan, it doesn't melt into the sauce properly - the parmesan helps thicken the sauce as well as adding terrific flavour, doesn't taste cheesy just adds savouriness.
5. Uses - Use as sauce for proteins, pasta, baked potatoes, steamed vegetables. See in post for full list of ideas, including links to recipes where relevant.
6. LIGHTEN IT UP by using low fat thickened cream (eg Bulla, sold in Australia). If using normal low fat cream (ie not thickened cream), adjust recipe as follows: Mix 1 tsp of cornflour/cornstarch with a splash of low fat cream. Once dissolved, mix in remaining cream. The cornstarch will act as a thickener to compensate for using light cream. Nutrition will reduce by 100 calories per serving.
7. Serving size: Makes enough to spoon over 4 medium steaks or other pieces of protein. Or 250g / 1/2lb uncooked long strand pasta, or about 300g/10oz of uncooked short pasta (ziti, penne, orchiette). Will stuff 2 large sweet potatoes generously.
8. Nutrition per serving, assuming 4 servings. 
Nutrition Facts
Mushroom Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 22.6%
Vitamin C 3.7%
Calcium 13%
Iron 3.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 319mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 22.6% | Vitamin C: 3.7% | Calcium: 13% | Iron: 3.2%