Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

by Gena on October 14, 2011

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First of all: wow. That vaccine discussion was one of the best we’ve recently had, wasn’t it? I was blown away by the comments: the ones in favor of vaccines, the ones opposed to them, and the ones that expressed my own bag of mixed feelings. If you’re behind on posts, please check this important conversation out!

I’m back today with the usual: food. Dinner food, to be precise. Last week, a strange impulse overtook me at whole foods: I wanted mushrooms. Lots of them. I have nothing against mushrooms, mind you, but they’ve never been a food that I tend to gravitate toward. I know that portobellos can be great stand-ins for “meatiness” in some vegan dishes (I’m thinking of my raw “steak and potatoes) but the wider world of mushrooms—morels, hens of the woods, porcinis, and even shitakes—I have yet to explore.

The following recipe didn’t exactly ask me to break out my compass: it’s about as traditional as recipes get, and the mushrooms I used (shitake, portobello, and baby bellas) are all very common. But the recipe was quick, easy, and very delicious, and I think it would make for a wonderful weeknight supper for vegans and omnis alike. Though traditional stroganoff is made with beef, mushroom stroganoff is also a dinner classic, and the latter is naturally veg-friendly. If you’re cooking for meat-and-potatoes friends and family, you can rest assured that this dish will keep them squarely in their comfort zones.

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Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff (vegan, gluten free depending on the pasta you use, soy free if you use coconut oil)

Serves 4

2 portabello mushroom caps, sliced
8 oz shitake mushrooms, sliced
8 oz baby bella mushrooms (or more portobellos, or button mushrooms) stemmed and sliced
2 tbsp water or vegetable broth
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 tbsp Earth Balance or Coconut Oil
3 tbsp flour of choice (I used whole wheat pastry flour, but a gluten free mix would also work)
1 cup almond milk
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp thyme or herbes de provence
1 tsp dried rosemary, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk or coconut milk creamer
Optional: Handful chopped chives

4 servings pasta of choice (I love the Tinkyada brown rice pastas!)

1) Sautee mushrooms, garlic, and onion in water or broth till they’re tender and the onions are starting to get brown. Season with salt and pepper (enough so that they’d taste good if you wanted to eat them right now).

2) Melt coconut oil or Earth Balance (the former is more wholesome, the latter will taste more traditional) in a large skiller or a pot. Whisking constantly, add the flour, tablespoon by tablespoon. Keep whisking till you have a thick mixture that’s nevertheless melted and starting to brown.

3) Add the almond milk, broth, wine, nutritional yeast, thyme, and rosemary to the mixture. Bring to a boil and allow mixture to thicken well. Add the cooked mushroom mixture, and keep stirring till all is bubbly. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and, if you want to make sauce extra creamy, add the coconut creamer.

4) While sauce cooks, prepare pasta according to package instructions. Ladle sauce evenly over pasta and garnish with chives. serve!

This pasta dish is rich, creamy, and buttery. Without the animal products, and without the saturated fat. It’s a dream come true for healthy chefs who still want to treat their families to a decadent meal:

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And I happen to know that it makes terrific leftovers:

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Though they tend not to last for long.

OK. Hope you all try it soon!

Speaking of quick, easy, and fantastic recipes, I have a winner of the 30 Day Vegan Challenge! Thanks to everyone who entered. The random.org generated winner is (drumroll) #225, Angelique, who said:

I love Colleen’s podcasts and have learned so much! The one on colors in regard to food/animals was enlightening (i.e. the tidbit about lobster never being red in the natural world, only after cooked, yet red is the stereotypical color in cartoons, etc.) and also the one on sheep…just learning the history of how sheep are handled and the details of the sheering process and more was interesting and moving.

Angelique, please email me at gena@choosingraw.com to claim your prize!

With that, happy weekend.

xo

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janet @ the taste space October 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Way to go on making this soy-free! I have been itching to make chickpea paprikash but without tofu and have come up empty handed. I bet I could work something out with this recipe as a guide. :)

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Tt in nyc October 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Hen of the woods, roasted, hands down best shroom ever- skip chanterelles unless you’re on the west coast and i just rained two days ago. Oh, dried morels and porcinis are worth every cent for winter soups- serious flavor in those! Hope you try all the yummy varieties out there- this recipe just got added to my make it now list!

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Ela October 15, 2011 at 12:20 am

Or mushroom risotto! I made one fairly recently–with some dried porcinis reconstituted in water for extra flavor (and the soak-water used as broth)–sounds quite similar to this and was comforting and delicious!

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Emilia @ Namaste Gurl October 15, 2011 at 12:41 am

Yet another perfect example of a classic, often looked down upon dish that can be veganized! Thanks for showing that you can have it all eating vegan– just in a healthier way. This looks excellent and I’m most definitely bookmarking this for future use. I can see many of my omni friends and family enjoying this and not missing the animal products at all! :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 15, 2011 at 5:05 am

I love that you used wine in the recipe. There is a flavor that wine imparts to food that can be dynamite. Or cooking sherry. Not exactly wine but ya know :) I love those flavors and this looks lovely.

Thanks for saying hi yesterday :)

Hope you have a fantastic weekend. Don’t study too hard, ok!

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Gena October 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Studying like a maniac, but saying hello to you is always a welcome break!

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Wendy (Healthy Girl) October 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

Gena-I absolutely positively LOVE mushrooms, so thanks for this inspiration. I heard recently that mushroom are a very powerful superfood with evidence that they prevent breast cancer, even if eaten just a little every day. I also read that they can be dangerous if eaten raw. Do you know anything about this? I’ve eaten my fair share of raw mushrooms but now I want to find out more . . .

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Gena October 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Wendy,

So far as I know, this is an issue more to do with foraging for mushrooms in the wild (and eating them raw) than eating traditional, garden variety mushrooms raw. I don’t think the latter poses any health risk. But definitely don’t pick them yourself, as some wild mushrooms can be poisonous!

Gena

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LaDiva Dietitian October 24, 2011 at 8:08 am

Hey Wendy, How’s Cleveland?
I LUV the idea. However, I am going to swap out the oil and flour for corn starch or arrowroot to thicken. Perfect for this cool day.

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles October 15, 2011 at 8:08 am

You have me at good leftovers! I don’t think I’ve actually had the beef version, so this will be a great way to try it out. Thanks!

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Eat Hike Sleep Repeat October 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

I’ve got a whole mess of chanterelles right now and dried a bunch of them for winter sauces such as this. There is such a wonderful earthiness with mushrooms that makes them perfect for creamy dishes like this. Total cold weather comfort food!

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Audrey October 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

This sounds great. I was just craving something like this. I love mushrooms and have a ton of them in my fridge (organic baby bellas were on sale last week for $1/lb!!!). I also love the fact that this doesn’t use tofutti or anything to achieve the creaminess.

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Tracey October 15, 2011 at 11:04 am

I love, love, love mushrooms! This looks so good. I can’t wait to make it for dinner this weekend!

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Marlena Torres October 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Oh, wow. I love mushrooms so much. I agree, Tinkyada pastas are awesome! This is such a hearty, autumnal recipe! I can’t wait to give it a go. :)

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Amanda October 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

This recipe looks so good! Back when I was eating meat years ago, I always had a soft spot for beef stroganoff. Not so much for the beef, but just the super comforting flavors of the dish. I love mushrooms and can’t wait to give this recipe a try on a chilly fall night. Thanks for posting!

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Anastasia October 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Vegan, Soy-free and full of mushrooms: sounds like a dream come to true! I will make it tomorrow and use quinoa instead of pasta for a nice hearty dish.

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Lauren October 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Yummy! This looks so good! Love it!

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Allana October 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Just wondering….I don’t usually have dry white wine at home; can I use a red instead? I actually made this for dinner and left the wine out altogether….it tasted fantastic but thought if adding wine would take this dish to a whole new level.

BTW; your previous post blew me away. It was enlightening and eloquently written. I meant to comment, but the weekend was hectic and left me exhausted. I appreciated your thoughts and views on the controversial topic of vaccines. You have inspired me, among others I’m sure, with your balanced points and reasoning. Personally, I know it’s tough being vegan in an omnivore world. That said, I am delighted to discover your blog and look forward to reading what you have to share….thought-provocative or not. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

Allana

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Jenn from Much to My Delight October 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

This sounds so rich and yummy! But I have one minor correction: You said that coconut milk was optional and to me it sounds like an absolute necessity!! I love coconut milk in anything, but pairing it with exotic mushrooms sounds really, really special.

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Nada (One Arab Vegan) October 17, 2011 at 5:36 am

Wow this actually looks HEAVENLY! I adore mushrooms and stroganoff/alfredo sauces used to be my favourites – not sure why I never thought to re-create a healthy version. Will definitely be making this soon – thanks so much for this Gena!

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Babs October 19, 2011 at 4:13 am

made this for dinner . . . so, so good. i opted to put it over mashed potato ;)

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Carissa October 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

That looks amazing! I’m like you with mushrooms – they’re good but I don’t have them often. My hubby LOVES them, though, so this dish will be for him!

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Jenny October 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I just made this, and it was delicious! I added a can of white beans because I feeling protein-hungry, and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

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Gena October 26, 2011 at 9:36 am

Great!!

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Cat October 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

We made this last night – amazing! Love the silkiness of the mushrooms. We froze the leftovers, I think they’ll make some stunning pastry filling :)

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Gena October 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

Fantastic! Thanks for letting me know.

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Ellen October 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Any chance of getting the nutritional info on this dish? It looks super just concerned about calorie count and protein content.
Thanks

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Nora June 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm

This was phenomenal!! Even my picky eater went back for seconds! Thanks so much!!

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Amber August 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I just made this and it was fantastic. I’ve currently gone vegan and I’ve been getting tired of all the tomato based sauces. Not so anymore. I LOVED this! It will definitely be put in my rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!

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Herbivore Triathlete January 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

Stroganoff has been a family favorite for a long time, since transitioning to a plant-based diet I haven’t had any stroganoff. I am so excited to try this recipe for dinner tonight.

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Melissa March 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I am a rookie cook, and I tried this recipe, and it was delicious!!! Even my carnivore husband loved it, and couldn’t believe it was vegan :)
I made it GF using 1tbsp each chick pea, brown rice, and potato flour. I substituted all vegetable broth for the wine (just because I didn’t have any), and 1/2c soy milk/ 1/2c rice milk.
Thanks so much for the recipe!!!

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Gena April 2, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hooray! So glad you liked it!

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