Mushroom Ragù Recipe

A deeply savory mushroom ragù, made from fresh and dried mushrooms, is just as home on polenta as it is with pasta.

Photograph: Melissa Hom

Why This Recipe Works

  • A mixture of fresh and dried mushrooms provides an abundance of different textures and deep mushroom flavor.
  • A splash of white wine adds a touch of brightness to the sauce, while the dried-mushroom steeping liquid layers in even more flavor.

This deeply flavorful sauce, made from both fresh and dry mushrooms, tomatoes, white wine, and aromatic vegetables, is so hearty, you won't believe it contains no meat. It's delicious on pasta or polenta.

Recipe Details

Mushroom Ragù Recipe

Active 60 mins
Total 2 hrs
Serves 10 to 12 servings
Makes 2 quarts sauce

A deeply savory mushroom ragù, made from fresh and dried mushrooms, is just as home on polenta as it is with pasta.


  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms

  • 3 pounds 8 ounces mixed fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, shiitake, hen of the woods, and oyster

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, minced (see notes)

  • 1 large carrot, minced (see notes)

  • 15 medium cloves garlic, minced (see notes)

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed with juices

  • 4 sprigs thyme

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a medium heatproof mixing bowl, combine dried porcini with 2 cups boiling water and let stand 15 minutes. Meanwhile, wash fresh mushrooms and discard any woody stems, such as on cremini and shiitake mushrooms (or save stems for making mushroom or vegetable stock). Thinly slice mushrooms (in the case of hen of the woods mushrooms, tear by hand into thin strips).

  2. Lift rehydrated dried mushrooms from soaking liquid and squeeze to remove excess liquid; fine-strain soaking liquid and reserve.

  3. In a large pot, heat oil over high heat until shimmering. Add onion, carrot, and garlic, and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown on bottom of pot, about 6 minutes. Add fresh and soaked dried mushrooms and cook, stirring and scraping bottom of pot, until they release their water and begin to brown on bottom of pot, about 10 minutes. Continue cooking, scraping bottom of pot and making sure to reach into corners, until it becomes difficult to scrape up browned bits and they threaten to burn, about 15 minutes longer. Add wine, scraping up browned bits on bottom of pot. Add tomatoes, dried-mushroom soaking liquid, and thyme.

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  4. Lower heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often and scraping bottom of pot to prevent scorching, until mushroom sauce has thickened and no wateriness remains, 1-2 hours. Discard thyme stems. Season with salt and pepper. Mushroom ragù can be served on pasta or with polenta. Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 6 months.


Special Equipment

Large pot


For speed, feel free to mince the carrot, onions, and garlic together in a food processor.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
104 Calories
5g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 104
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 129mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 795mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)