Mario’s Multipurpose Mushroom Sauce

Mario kindly shared his delicious and versatile mushroom sauce that is perfect on risotto, with pasta or polenta and a great accompaniment for any meat dish. It is easy to make and can even be made ahead for later use.

You can a mixture of fresh mushrooms of your choice and the rehydrated dried porcini mushrooms give a depth of flavour to the sauce.

Tasty, thick and flavourful thanks to a good dry white wine, parsley and a hint of chilli it really is a wonderful sauce. Its worth making a good batch to have some left over to use cold or hot on another day.

Many thanks to Mario for sharing this with us.

Mario’s Versatile Mushroom Sauce


  • 600g large mushrooms, could be any type, sliced ( I used large button mushrooms)
  • 1 packet dried porchini mushrooms, 20g
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 300ml of good dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil (and extra if needed)
  • 1 small knob of butter
  • 20 grams butter, extra, softened at room temperature
  • 1 Tblsp plain flour (plus one Tblsp of water to dissolve)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Chilli flakes to taste (optional)IMG_20191014_163124-Mario's mushroom sauce ingredients


  1. In a pyrex bowl, place the dried porcini and pour over boiling water to cover them completely, stir and submerge them using a fork and cover
  2. Allow the dried mushrooms to soak for 20 minutes while you prepare the other ingredientsIMG_20191014_125454-Dried porcini mushrooms soaking
  3. Slice or chop the fresh mushrooms and finely chop the garlic cloves and parsleyIMG_20191014_123334-Chopped fresh mushrooms
  4. When the dried porcini mushrooms are rehydrated and fleshy strain them from their soaking liquid, reserving this for later.
  5. Squeeze the porcini mushrooms and cut any large pieces to make a uniform mix
  6. Place the olive oil in a heavy based saucepan over a medium high heat
  7. Add the knob of butter and when it foams add the chopped fresh mushrooms, a good pinch of salt and stir to thoroughly coat the mushrooms (add a little extra oil if the mushrooms start to catch)IMG_20191014_163708-Mushrooms sweating in oil
  8. Continue to sweat the mushrooms, stirring and when they are collapsed, add the garlic and stir through for a minute or two
  9. Then add the porcini mushrooms and some of the reserved porcini liquid (depending on how much water you have used. Any remaining liquid can be saved for using in other dishes)
  10. Add some freshly ground black pepper and the chilli flakes if you choose to use them
  11. Keep stirring until the mushrooms have absorbed most of the liquid and are plump
  12. Increase the heat and add the dry white wine, allowing it to reduce and cook off the alcohol for a few minutes
  13. Then turn the heat down to low
  14. Make a slurry using a tablespoon of water to dissolve the flour in a cup and when smooth, stir this through the mushroom mixtureIMG_20191014_164622-Mushroom sauce thickened
  15. Then stir through the softened butter and parsley
  16. Keep stirring at a simmer to make sure the sauce doesn’t catch for another 5 minutes until the flour is cooked and the sauce thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  17. Check the seasoning and the sauce is ready to use on rice, pasta, polenta or to accompany meat while hotIMG_20191014_170500-Mario's mushroom sauce finished
  18. The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for the flavours to develop and then heated at later use.
  19. Surprisingly, this tasty mushroom sauce is very nice cold and tasted delicious spread on my ham sandwich and for breakfast with scrambled eggs on toast
  20. Also serve as an accompaniment for roast chicken breast or a good steak
IMG_20191014_170037-Mario's mushroom sauce1
Mario’s versatile mushroom sauce used with linguine.

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