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Mushroom Stew

Calling all fun guys! This mushroom stew is packed with fungi’s full depth of umami flavor. Cooked with white wine and fresh herbs, it’s a treat for the senses.


a bowl of homemade mushroom stew made with mushrooms, potatoes, peas, and onions served with crusty bread
Photography by Gayle McLeod

Make Room For This Stew With Mushrooms!

When you’re looking for a filling vegetarian meal, this recipe for mushroom stew checks all of the boxes. We cook two pounds of mushrooms in an herbaceous broth with white wine, and add potatoes and peas. Might we recommend some sort of warm and crusty bread to sop it all up? If you end up with leftovers, these mushrooms in stew can also be served atop toast with a fried egg for a delicious savory breakfast!

olive oil, onion, mushrooms, garlic, white wine, vegetable broth, spices, potatoes, and peas in bowls for mushroom stew

How Can I Cook Mushrooms?

Unlocking the umami goodness of mushrooms is quite easy. First, start by removing any dirt from the mushrooms with a brush. If the mushrooms have a lot of dirt stuck to them, you can rinse them in water, but the goal is to keep them as dry as possible since mushrooms absorb water. Once cleaned, heat oil or butter over medium high heat, and add mushrooms in a single layer. You don’t want to overcrowd the mushrooms in the pan, because they’ll just steam, and we want them to develop a nice golden brown color. Once mushrooms cook on one side, you can give them a stir to make sure their entire surface has a chance to brown. Our main mushroom advice: keep ‘em dry and give ‘em space!

onions, garlic and mushrooms being cooked in olive oil in a skillet
mushroom stew being cooked in a pot made with mushrooms, potatoes, spices, wine and vegetable stock
mushroom stew being cooked in a pot made with mushrooms, potatoes, spices, wine and vegetable stock
peas being added to mushroom stew being cooked in a pot made with mushrooms, potatoes, spices, wine and vegetable stock

How To Make Mushroom Stew

  1. The mushroom magic starts by cooking an onion until soft in a large pot. When that’s soft, add half of the mushrooms and garlic.

  2. Add the white wine and reduce it by first bringing it to a boil, and then simmering for about eight minutes.

  3. Create the liquid base by adding broth, bouillon, and spices.

  4. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil again, and then reducing to a simmer for another twenty minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

  5. Meanwhile, we’ll brown the second batch of mushrooms in butter. Looking to make vegan mushroom stew? You can sub vegan butter here, to make the stewed mushrooms vegan! The mushrooms will release their liquid, and should turn a lovely golden brown color.

  6. Finish by stirring in the peas, parsley and browned mushrooms into the stew.

a pot of homemade mushroom stew made with mushrooms, potatoes, peas, onions, spices, vegetable stock and white wine
a bowl of homemade mushroom stew made with mushrooms, potatoes, peas, and onions served with crusty bread

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Mushroom Stew

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  40 min
  • Calories: 272


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds mixed mushrooms, such as cremini, chanterelles, oyster, or portobello, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Crusty bread, for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil is glistening add the onions and cook until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add in the garlic, half of the mushrooms and the salt. Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add the wine and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the wine has reduced by a third, about 8 minutes. Stir in the broth, bouillon, pepper, thyme, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and potatoes. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is sizzling, add the remaining mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  4. Stir the peas, parsley, and browned mushrooms into the stew.

  5. Serve with crusty bread on the side.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories272
  • Protein8 g
  • Carbohydrates31 g
  • Total Fat11 g
  • Dietary Fiber10 g
  • Cholesterol10 mg
  • sodium1349 mg
  • Total Sugars4 g

Mushroom Stew

Questions & Reviews

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  • Jean

    This was delicious. Can it be frozen?


  • Shivani

    What sort of protein would you suggest with this soup? And would you add it into the soup or have it on the side?

    Pork chops or beef would be great on the side!

  • tala

    What can I use instead of the wine, preferably a non-alcoholic ingredient?

    The flavor won't be the same but you can use more vegetable broth.

  • Theresa

    I’m just finishing up the stew in a practice run for dinner I’m making for vegetarian friends. The flavor is good but needs bumping up. Any suggestions as to which ingredient I should add? I doubled the peas because 1/2 cup disappeared. Most important: this was a lot of prep work. I’d like to make it a day in advance & bring to their house to heat up. How is it the next day? Any danger in doing that? Thank you!

    It would work really well to reheat the next day! You could add butter in place of the olive oil for a richer flavor, you could up the garlic cloves to 6 or so.... you could also add chopped roasted garlic for a richer flavor. You can always just up the seasoning, like increase the salt or any of the other seasonings or herbs. Check the brand of vegetable broth! Some are much more flavorful than others...or even use a mushroom broth.

  • Ananda

    The taste is amazing and it was easy to make, but stew needs to be thick. I added flour to thicken it. I also added carrots.

    Thanks Ananda, we are glad you liked it and were able to change it up just the way you like it.

  • Bob

    Really tasty. Browning the mushrooms in the pan really made them pop. It reminded me of a French onion soup but much heartier. Bookmarked this one.

    Thanks Bob, so glad you loved it!

  • Kay

    Divine. I'm not a vegetarian and I didn't miss meat at all. This was superb.

    Thanks Kay, so glad you loved it!