Porcini Mushroom Gravy

Explore the earthy richness of porcini mushrooms in this savory Porcini Mushroom Gravy. Ideal for elevating your dishes, this gravy is a perfect blend of umami and aromatic herbs.
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
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- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup finely minced shallots (about 2 shallots)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup dry red wine, divided (or substitute with balsamic vinegar and extra broth)
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons white miso paste
- 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour (or cornstarch for a gluten-free option)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Optional: 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
- Optional: 2-3 tablespoons plain, unsweetened plant milk


Step 1 - Rehydrate Mushrooms

Rehydrate the dried porcini mushrooms in 1 cup of hot water for about 15 minutes.

Step 2 - Sauté Shallots & Garlic

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté shallots until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes.

If using, add sliced cremini mushrooms and cook until browned.

Step 3 - Add Wine and Vegetable Broth

Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup of red wine, then add the vegetable broth. Simmer until the gravy begins to thicken, approximately 15 minutes.

Step 4 - Add Porcini Mushrooms

Remove the porcini mushrooms from the water, chop finely, and add to the pan.

Step 5 - Combine Porcini Water With Miso Paste

In a separate bowl, mix the reserved porcini water with miso paste and flour until dissolved. Add this mixture to the pan.

Step 6 - Add Seasonings

Add fresh thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Step 7 - Add Remaining Wine

Stir in the remaining red wine and simmer for 1-2 minutes to cook off the alcohol.

Step 8 - Blend

For a smoother gravy, blend in a blender until desired consistency is achieved.

Step 9 - Adjust

Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. If the gravy is too thick, thin with plant milk or additional broth.

Step 10 - Serve

Serve the gravy with a dinner. Recommended over mashed potatoes.

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What are Porcini Mushrooms?

Porcini mushrooms, known for their robust flavor and meaty texture, are a variety of wild edible mushrooms. They are highly prized in culinary circles for their rich, earthy, and somewhat nutty flavor. Porcini mushrooms, often found in wooded areas in both Europe and North America, are a favorite in Italian cuisine but are used worldwide in a variety of dishes.

What do Porcini Mushrooms Taste Like?

The taste of porcini mushrooms is distinctively nutty and earthy, with a deep umami flavor that enriches any dish. Their rich and woodsy taste is often described as more intense than other mushroom varieties, making them a sought-after ingredient for adding depth and complexity to recipes, especially in gravies, sauces, and risottos.

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