Suddenly, I was riding the wave of Insta-stardom, complete with ribs and mushroom sauce. My phone buzzed nonstop with comments and messages, I even had a friend beg me to adopt them! (Easy there, tiger, I’ve got two munchkins already keeping me on my toes!). But boy, do we all love some variations of cream, don’t we? It seems like you wouldn’t be able to navigate a kitchen without tripping over coffee cream, heavy cream, whipped goodness, or some version of cream pie. And then, we also have not one, but two cream pies – come on, seriously?
This ocean of cream brought me to a deep, thoughtful moment where I pondered the greener side of the fungus kingdom – a place where Creamy Mushroom Sauce lives. Yes, cream made its way into a sauce and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s like discovering a new species in the world of cream! While I’d love to tell you more, I think you’re here for the recipe, right? Can’t blame you!
Let’s get to the good stuff: Creamy Mushroom Sauce. Actually, here’s a fun game: while you’re cooking, count the different creams you can spot in your kitchen. A true adult scavenger hunt! Let’s dive into the details, and by the end, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
- Mushrooms – The star of the show, they add a rich and earthy flavor to the sauce.
- Button mushrooms – Mild flavor and firm texture, recommended but not limited to.
- Butter – Classic ingredient that gives richness and depth of flavor.
- Onion – Adds a nice sweetness and a subtle crunch to the sauce.
- Garlic – Adds a nice sharpness and a little bit of bite to the sauce.
- Flour – Thickens the sauce and gives it a creamy consistency.
- White wine – Adds an acidic tang to the sauce and helps scrape up any bits of flour.
- Milk – Gives a creamy richness to the sauce.
- Parmesan – Adds nuttiness and a depth of flavor.
- Dijon mustard – Gives a tangy kick to the sauce.
- Creme fraiche – Another ingredient that gives a creamy richness to the sauce.
- Parsley – Adds freshness and a pop of color to the sauce.
- In a large pan, heat up some butter over medium heat. Throw in some chopped garlic and onions and fry until they’re nice and soft.
- Add in some sliced mushrooms (button mushrooms work great, but feel free to experiment with different types) and fry for another couple of minutes until they start to release their liquid.
- Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of flour over the mushrooms and stir well. The flour may stick to the bottom of the pan a bit, but that’s okay. Pour in a 1/2 cup of white wine and scrape up any bits of flour that have stuck to the pan. As the wine reduces, it will mix with the flour and thicken the sauce.
- Slowly pour in 1 1/2 cups of milk while continuously stirring to prevent any lumps from forming. Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes to cook out the flour and thicken up.
- When the sauce is thick and creamy, stir in some grated parmesan, dijon mustard, creme fraiche, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Serve the sauce over your favorite dish and garnish with some extra parmesan and chopped fresh parsley.
- To clean mushrooms, wipe them down with a damp towel or a small brush. Don’t submerge them in water, as it can make them slimy.
- When cooking mushrooms, make sure not to overcrowd the pan so they can brown evenly and add maximum flavor to the sauce.
- Keep an eye on the heat – medium is perfect for getting those nice golden brown mushrooms.
- Feel free to use any type of mushrooms you like, button mushrooms work well for their mild flavor and firm texture.
- You can use vegan alternatives like olive oil instead of butter, oat milk or almond milk instead of 2% milk and vegan parmesan instead of grated parmesan.
Serving Suggestions for Amazing Creamy Mushroom Sauce
This delicious and creamy mushroom sauce is perfect to elevate any dish to the next level! Whether you’re looking for a sauce to serve over pasta, steak, chicken or rice, this sauce is sure to impress. Here are some serving suggestions to get you started:
- Pasta Perfection – Serve this sauce over your favorite pasta for a satisfying and comforting meal. We recommend using a sturdy pasta like penne or fettuccine to hold up to the creamy sauce.
- Steak Sensation – Top a grilled or pan-fried steak with this mushroom sauce for a decadent and elegant dinner. Pair it with some roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes for a complete meal.
- Chicken Supreme – This sauce is perfect to smother chicken with. Whether you bake it in the oven, pan-fry it, or grill it, the mushroom sauce will elevate the chicken to new heights.
- Rice Revival – Serve this sauce over a bed of fluffy rice for a delicious and filling meal. Add in some sautéed vegetables for a complete and balanced meal.
What type of mushroom is best for this recipe?
Button mushrooms work well with this recipe for their mild flavor and firm texture, but feel free to use whichever variety of mushrooms you enjoy. Just keep in mind that different varieties of mushrooms have different flavors and textures, so the final sauce might turn out a bit different depending on your mushroom of choice.
What kind of pan is best for making the sauce?
A large pan works best for this recipe. You want to make sure that the mushrooms have enough room to cook evenly and not overcrowd the pan.
Can I use a different type of milk other than 2%?
Sure! You can use any type of milk you have on hand. Whole milk will make the sauce richer and creamier, while skim milk will make it lighter. You can even use almond milk or soy milk to make the recipe vegan.
Is it okay if some of the flour sticks to the bottom of the pan?
Yes, it’s totally okay! In fact, it’s to be expected. The bits of flour that stick to the pan will actually help thicken the sauce, so don’t worry about it too much. Just make sure to scrape them up when you add the white wine.
How long should I cook the sauce for?
You’ll want to let the sauce simmer for about 2 minutes to ensure that the flour cooks out and the sauce thickens properly. Keep stirring it to make sure it doesn’t burn. And remember, the longer you let it simmer, the stronger the mushroom flavor will be. But don’t leave it too long or it will turn too thick.
Can I use a different type of cheese than parmesan?
You can definitely use a different type of cheese if you want. Parmesan gives the sauce a nice, nutty flavor and is a traditional choice. But you can use any hard cheese like Asiago, Romano or Grana Padano as well. You can also use vegan cheese for a non-dairy version.
Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- 1 large saucepan
- 1 Whisk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound mixed wild mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling (optional)
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the sliced mushrooms to the saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until they release their liquid and start to brown, about 6-7 minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms and stir to coat. Cook for 1 minute to remove the raw flour taste.
- Gradually pour in the wine, whisking continuously, until the mixture has thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
- Slowly pour in the heavy cream, whisking continuously, until well combined. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, until it has thickened to your desired consistency.
- Remove the sauce from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, crème fraîche, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
- To serve, ladle the sauce over your favorite pasta, rice, or protein. Garnish with fresh parsley and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.
To add an earthy, nutty flavor, you can use a mixture of button and shiitake mushrooms.
To elevate the flavor of the sauce, you can add a splash of truffle oil before serving.