Heavenly Mushroom Sauce, Gluten-Free

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Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Sauce over pasta.  #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

This is the sauce that’ll make you weak in the knees!  It’s my creamy and rich Mushroom Sauce that’s absolutely irresistible!  The mushrooms are seared with onions and garlic until they are a perfect deep brown color and salty, nutty, earthy flavor.  Thyme brings in more earthiness and a fantastic herbed backdrop.  Then vegetable broth is added to create the start of a delicious sauce.  Finally, a cornstarch slurry is whisked in to thicken it up to a glorious silky (and gluten-free) creamy finish!

I made this sauce with a veggie ‘burger’.  But you can put this sauce on just about anything…chicken, baked potatoes, pasta, rice, toast, the list goes on!

Veggie Burgers in skillet with Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Mushrooms Are Good For You Too

Mushrooms are a weakness for me.  I can eat them for breakfast with eggs or on toast, for lunch, and dinner.  The aroma of sauteed or roasted mushrooms brings a smile to my face.  The earthy and savory flavors are absolutely everything.

So, the fact that mushrooms are also good for me is just icing on the mushroom!  Mushrooms have so many benefits that are linked to risk reduction of health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.  Click here to read more about this. 

Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, which work to get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer.   They also contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which help with heart health. 

Mushrooms also contain Selenium, which is a mineral not found in most fruits and vegetables.  Selenium helps with liver enzyme function and can also improve immune response to infection by stimulating the production of T-cells.

So, why wouldn’t you eat mushrooms??  Here are some more recipes to try!

Mushroom Sauce over pasta. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MUSHROOM SAUCE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

This entire recipe can be made ahead but is better when you prep the ingredients and make the sauce right before eating it.

So, first dice your onions, mince the garlic, slice your mushrooms.

Knife slicing mushrooms for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Sliced mushrooms for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms 

COOK YOUR HEAVENLY MUSHROOM SAUCE 

Preheat a large skillet and drizzle or spray with extra virgin olive oil.

If you are making this amazing mushroom sauce to go over chicken or steak, you can cook your protein in the skillet first and then remove it and set it aside, leaving all of the delicious browned meat bits in the skillet to cook with the mushrooms.   

Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme to the skillet and stir to mix together.  Then spread out into a layer so as many mushrooms as possible are touching the skillet bottom.

Sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Let sit without stirring for about 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms get a beautiful browned sear. Then stir so that the other side of as any mushrooms as possible get a sear.

Seared sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper and then let the mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.

While the mushrooms are cooking, making the slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk until completely dissolved.Adding cornstarch to milk for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add the Vegetable broth and stir to scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom.

Add the cornstarch slurry, as this is the thickener. Whisk to ensure you don’t get any clumps. It will thicken pretty fast. Bring back to a light simmer.

Adding broth to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Adding slurry to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Beyond burgers in mushroom sauce in skillet for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Add back your protein or veggie to the sauce or serve the sauce over it.  Or mix this delicious sauce with pasta or rice or quinoa.

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Veggie Burgers in skillet with Mushroom Sauce in skillet. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Mushroom Sauce over pasta. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
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Heavenly Mushroom Sauce

This is the sauce that'll make you weak in the knees!  My Heavenly Mushroom Sauce is thick, rich, and irresistible. The mushrooms are seared with onions and garlic until they are a perfect deep brown color and salty, nutty, earthy flavor.  Thyme brings in more earthiness and a fantastic herbed backdrop.  Then vegetable broth is added to create the start of a delicious sauce.  Finally, a cornstarch slurry is whisked in to thicken it up to a glorious silky, and gluten-free creamy finish! #dinnerideas #vegetariandinners #vegetarianrecipes #healthydinners #familydinners

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword mushrooms, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz White Button Mushrooms
  • 1 Small Onion (or 1/2 cup diced)
  • 1/2 Clove Garlic (or 1/2 tsp minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch heaping
  • 1/2 cup Milk

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Slice the mushrooms. Dice the onions. Mince the garlic.

    Sliced mushrooms for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Cook!

  1. Preheat a large skillet and drizzle or spray with extra virgin olive oil.

  2. Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and thyme to the skillet and stir to mix together. Then spread out into a layer so as many mushrooms as possible are touching the skillet bottom.

    Sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  3. Let sit without stirring for about 3-4 minutes until the mushrooms get a beautiful browned sear. Then stir so that the other side of as any mushrooms as possible get a sear.

    Seared sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  4. Add a pinch of salt and ground black pepper and let the mushrooms cook down for another 5 minutes.

  5. While the mushrooms are cooking, making the slurry by mixing the cornstarch into the cold milk until completely dissolved.

    Adding cornstarch to milk for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  6. Add the Vegetable broth and stir to scrape up all of the browned bits from the bottom.

    Adding broth to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  7. Add the cornstarch slurry, as this is the thickener. Whisk to ensure you don't get any clumps. It will thicken pretty fast. Bring back to a light simmer for 5 minutes.

    Adding slurry to cooked sliced Mushrooms in skillet for this Heavenly Mushroom Sauce Recipe. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms
  8. Serve and enjoy!!

    Beyond burgers in mushroom sauce in skillet for Vegetarian Salisbury Steak with a thick, creamy, rich Mushroom Sauce. #vegetarian #healthydinner #dinnerideas #mushrooms

Recipe Notes

  1. For the Mushrooms, you can use cremini mushrooms as well.
  2. I used vegetable broth, but any broth will work in this recipe.
  3. I used Beyond Burger Patties, but you can certainly use any veggie burger you prefer.  You can also use real beef.  Simply form the ground beef into into a burger patty as you would normally.  Sear it on both sides in the skillet and then let it cook 90% of the way done.  Remove the patties to continue the recipe.

Thick, Creamy & Healthy Mushroom Soup

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Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a pot with ladle filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Now this is a bowl of love.  Creamy, delicious, and healthy looooveee, AKA, my Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup.  This soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herb-y oregano, and bright chives.  And it’s made without cream or flour, so it’s lighter and gluten free.  But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious.  Definitely a bowl of love.

Mushrooms Are Heavenly & Healing!

Mushrooms are a weakness for me.  I can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The aroma of sauteed or roasted mushrooms brings a smile to my face.  The earthy and savory flavors are absolutely everything.

So, the fact that mushrooms are also good for me is just icing on the mushroom!  Mushrooms are have so many benefits that are linked to risk reduction of health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.  Click here to read more about this. 

Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, which work to get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer.   They also contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which help with heart health. 

Mushrooms also contain Selenium, which is a mineral not found in most fruits and vegetables.  Selenium helps with liver enzyme function and can also improve immune response to infection by stimulating the production of T-cells.

Why wouldn’t you eat mushrooms??  So, here are some more recipes to try!

Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a bowl with spoon filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT

For this recipe, you need a food processor and a large soup pot or dutch oven. I lived in NYC for many years and now live in Hoboken, so kitchen space has always been limited. So I’ve always used a mini food processor and will chop food in batches if necessary. For this recipe, the mini had me chop mushrooms in 3 batches, but using a regular size food processor, you can finely chop all the mushrooms at once.

For this recipe and other soups and stews I absolutely LOVE My Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  It was my Mom’s and now it’s mine and I feel like she’s with me in the kitchen when I cook with it.  Not to mention, it’s just a gorgeous piece of cookware.  Cuisinart also makes a great option that is much more affordable. Of course, you can use any other soup pot or dutch oven. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

 There are seriously so few steps to this soup that I recommend making the entire soup ahead.  However, if you still want to split up the prep to do ahead, you can prep the onions and the mushrooms.

For the onions, simply dice them into small pieces.  Then go to work on the mushrooms.  I use white button mushrooms in this recipe because they are nice and hearty and economical.  However, you could certainly use cremini or a mix of button, cremini, and shitaki.  The easiest way to prep these is in a food processor.  You can use a regular size processor or a mini food processor in batches.

Break up with hands or rough chop the mushrooms. Then add to a food processor. Pulse to get the mushrooms chopped into various sizes…tiny, small, and medium pieces for various textures in the soup, but mostly you want tiny and small. 

Mushrooms blending in processor for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Pureed Mushrooms for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Store separately in the fridge or move on to cooking.

COOK YOUR HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP 

Preheat a soup pot. Add olive oil and then the diced onion. Stir and reduce heat to medium so the onions don’t burn.Onions in pot with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

To the onions in the pot, add the processed mushrooms and sauté them about 6-8 minutes.

Pureed Mushrooms in pot with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Add the salt and pepper and the Vegetable broth.

In a separate bowl, add 1 cup milk and whisk in the 1/4 cup cornstarch until dissolved, creating a slurry.

Whisk the cornstarch and milk slurry into the soup. Bring up to a simmer stirring constantly until it starts to thicken. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Cornstarch Slurry in bowl with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Whisk stirring Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup in a pot filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup boiling in a pot filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Scoop into a bowl and garnish with chives.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a bowl with spoon filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup

This Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herby oregano, and bright chives.  And it's made without cream or flour, so it's lighter and gluten free.  But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious.  Definitely a bowl of love. #mushroomsoup #mushroomrecipes #soup #easydinner #comfortfoods #fallrecipes

Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy food, healthy lunch, healthy recipes, Mushroom soup, mushrooms, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz White button mushrooms
  • 1 Small Yellow onion
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 5 cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup 1% Lowfat milk any fat content will do
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Chives for garnish

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice onion.

  2. Break up with hands or rough chop the mushrooms. Then add to a food processor. Pulse to get the mushrooms chopped into various sizes…tiny, small, and medium pieces for various textures in the soup, but mostly you want tiny and small.  NOTE, if you are using a mini food processor, do this in 2-3 batches.

  3. If you are doing these steps a day or more ahead, store the onions and mushrooms separately in the fridge. Otherwise, move on to cook.

Cook

  1. Preheat a soup pot. Add olive oil and then the diced onion. Stir and reduce heat to medium so the onions don’t burn.

  2. To the onions in the pot, add the processed mushrooms and sauté them about 6-8 minutes.

  3. Add the salt and pepper and the Vegetable broth.

  4. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup milk and whisk in the 1/4 cup cornstarch until dissolved, creating a slurry.  

  5. Whisk the cornstarch and milk slurry into the soup. Bring up to a simmer stirring constantly until it starts to thicken.  Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

  6. Scoop into a bowl and garnish with chives.