Mushroom Cream Sauce {recipe}

Creamy Mushroom Linguini

Linguine with Mushroom Cream Sauce

I have been promising this recipe to a lot of people for a long time now. I kept delaying posting it because my recipe notes are a hot mess with this one. Notes written next to other notes and those notes for notes have their own notes. Its insane for something that I now find so simple to make.

Growing up I was never a fan of mushrooms. Its only been the last 10 years or less that I’ve grown to like them. I have strict rules about eating them though! They cannot be raw, mushy or ubersoft. They need to be browned a bit first in oil or roasted in the oven. I’m working on enjoying the ubersoft cooked mushrooms like you would find in a stew or soup and I’m slowly learning to appreciate them that way. Just last night I ate them that way in a Mongolian Seitan dish and I didn’t push any of them aside. Progress. Even this recipe allows a nice crisp mushroom to soften up a bit and I’m OK with it.

The one thing with this recipe that might be off is the timing. BUT. It works out no matter if the pasta or sauce is finished first. The most important thing is to reserve at least 1 cup of the past cooking water. Even if you take out the one cup while the pasta is still cooking.

Mushroom Cream Sauce

1 pound of pasta (linguine is our favorite for this)
1 cup reserved pasta cooking water

3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided, (2T plus 1T)
4 cups chopped cremini or mixed mushrooms
1 Tablspoon minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
pinch of red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons shoyu
salt and pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons margarine
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, minced (1/3 cup)
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
4 Tablespoons white wine
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (I recommend not subbing w. another non dairy milk)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

2. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Saute the mushroom until they are nice and brown with a bit of a crisp (10 minutes).  Add the rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes and saute 1 minute. Then mix in the shoyu and salt and pepper to taste. Cook 3 minutes. Remove from pan.

3. Place pan back over the flame and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the margarine. When the margarine is melted add the garlic and onions and saute until the onions are fully cooked (5-7 minutes). Add the nutritional yeast and all purpose flour and mix to create a roux. Stir continuously for 2 minutes. If it’s too dry feel free to add another teaspoon or two of olive oil. Deglaze the pan with white wine while constantly stirring. Pour the almond milk into the pan. Stir until thick. Add the sauteed mushrooms back into the pan and thin out with the reserved pasta water. (You probably won’t use all the water). Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

4. Combine the mushroom sauce and pasta and serve!

20 Comments on Mushroom Cream Sauce {recipe}

  1. Maggie Muggins
    January 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM (3 years ago)

    That looks so creamy and delicious! I’m also an ex-mushroom hater, I wouldn’t even try them until I went veg’n, but like you I’m still super picky about how they’re served, and there’s certain varieties I just can’t handle unless it’s chopped up super tiny (oyster mushrooms, blah).

  2. Rebecca
    January 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM (3 years ago)

    This. Looks. Awesome!! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  3. chow vegan
    January 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM (3 years ago)

    I just made this for dinner, as I had most of the ingredients on hand. I only had shiitake mushrooms and had to use unsweetened soy milk instead of the almond milk. But it still came out great! So yummy and creamy! Thanks! :-)

    • JENNA
      January 11, 2013 at 2:36 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you for reporting back on the recipe! So glad you liked it!

  4. Rachel
    January 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM (3 years ago)

    LOVED it! My 14 month old kept running into the kitchen signing for more as I was cooking and is now devouring her dinner!

    Thanks for another quick and kidfriendly dish!

    • JENNA
      January 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM (3 years ago)

      Your welcome! Sorry it took so long to get the recipe to you! :)

      • Rachel
        January 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM (3 years ago)

        It was worth it! I think its going to be a staple in our house. So good! I’m going to try it with arugula next as CQ suggests. We had broccoli on the side and it was amazing. The sauce was perfect with it. It was just all in all a fantastic and easy dinner. Tastes like the weekend but with about the effort you feel like putting in on a weeknight. YUM!

  5. choirqueer
    January 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM (3 years ago)

    I just made this and it turned out amazingly! I added arugula and pine nuts which turned out really nicely. Thank you so much for this delicious meal!!

  6. Rachel
    February 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM (3 years ago)

    The best part about this is how easily it lends itself to other veg! Making it again tonight with artichokes! Thanks for another wonderful, vegan, versatile recipe! NOMNOMNOM! Oh and anyone who hasn’t made your garlic and oil pasta needs to do that asap, because it is amazing!

  7. Mario Klugman
    July 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM (3 years ago)

    “Mushroom” describes a variety of gilled fungi, with or without stems, and the term is used even more generally, to describe both the fleshy fruiting bodies of some Ascomycota and the woody or leathery fruiting bodies of some Basidiomycota, depending upon the context of the word…`..,

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  8. Pierre
    August 22, 2015 at 6:34 PM (9 months ago)

    Just made this recipe for supper, WOW… wonderful blend of flavours form the rosemary and thyme. The sauce was the right texture… My partner who is not vegan, loved it and wasn’t convinced that there was no cream added ;o) This recipe is definitely a KEEPER!

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  9. Stephanie Larosiliere
    April 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM (2 months ago)

    So I tried making this recipe and I followed every single step exactly. However, I didn’t have a lot of cream sauce to mix with the pasta. Any suggestions to make more cream sauce???

    • Jenna
      April 5, 2016 at 9:50 AM (2 months ago)

      Hi Stephanie, I’m sorry the recipe didn’t come out for you. I’ve had tons of people make this recipe without complaint and I too follow the recipe closely when I make it. My only thought right now is to try adding 1/2 cup more milk and saving more of the pasta cooking liquid. Let me know if this works out better for you. Thank your for commenting!


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