Mushrooms are widely known for their great taste and amazing health benefits. Packed with a ton of essential vitamins and minerals, they make for an excellent addition to your diet, adding flavor to many different recipes. Thank goodness we love them!
This hearty plant-based mushroom ragù consists of readily available fresh mushrooms and is ready in about an hour. Three types of the funghi are incorporated in this recipe, but feel free to use just one or two types to make the sauce even easier. Serve vegan ragù over polenta, pasta, couscous, or even as a topping for steak or chicken.
Classic or vegan mushroom ragù will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container; in the freezer for up to 6 months. To reheat, spoon the ragù sauce into a pot over medium heat until warmed through. If it has become too thick, add a little more liquid (water or vegetable broth) to loosen it a little.
Make it even a bit healthier by using a whole wheat pasta. Of course if you add grated cheese like we did, it is no longer vegan, but we were OK with that.
Easy Mushroom Ragù
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 to 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
- Kosher salt
- 6 oz. portobello mushrooms, chopped
- 6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- ½ Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- ½ cup chopped fresh parsley, more for later
- Black pepper
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 15- oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 to 3 Tbsp. chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- In a large pot, heat 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the onions, carrots, and garlic. Season with a big pinch of kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and season with another dash of salt. Add a drizzle more of olive oil and a little bit of the broth. Cook the mushrooms for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften and cook down a little bit.
- Add the thyme, oregano, parsley, and a good dash of black pepper. Stir.
- Finally, add the red wine, tomato sauce, and the remainder of the broth. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or so covered, then uncover and allow the mushrooms to cook some more (about 15 to 20 minutes) until the mixture thickens to a ragù.
- To finish, taste and adjust salt to your liking. Stir in a bit more fresh parsley. If you like, add in the chopped hazelnuts (optional).
- Serve with your favorite pasta, polenta, or even pearl couscous
Adapted from a recipe by Suzy Karadesh