By Carl Hanson
January 16, 2019

Mushrooms add savory flavor to these top-rated main dish recipes. In some cases, the mushrooms complement meat dishes; in others, the mushrooms take over, providing enough hearty heft to completely replace the meat.

Savory, earthy mushrooms are delicious, yes. But here's one more compelling reason to eat them: Mushrooms are good brain food! Recent research suggests eating mushrooms may protect against mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as we age. The study found that seniors who ate more than two 5-ounce servings of mushrooms per week were found to have 50 percent reduced odds of developing MCI. What could be causing this favorable effect? It's not clear yet, but scientists speculate that it could be antioxidants in mushrooms that help prevent the accumulation of certain proteins on the brain, which are associated with Alzheimer's disease. Science will undoubtedly have more to say on this subject. But for now, here are some of our best main dish recipes featuring mushrooms.

The Best Mushroom Recipes

"Steak served with a sophisticated but easy pan sauce of shiitake mushrooms, tarragon, white wine, shallot, and butter," says brandon. "Impress your sweetheart with this dish!"

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"You will not miss the bun with this extremely flavorful stuffed portobello mushroom cap chorizo burger," says Culinary Envy. "It is sure to impress even the pickiest eaters! Top with cheese if desired!"

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This quick and easy dinner with chicken breast, zucchini, and mushrooms is a great go-to recipe for the workweek. It's ready in under 30 minutes.

Boneless pork loin is roasted with baby portabella mushrooms, garlic, and white wine, and served with a simple pan sauce. "Savoury, easy and delicious," says Bren. "This is for garlic lovers."

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"A great from-scratch Salisbury steak and gravy recipe," says Krystal Wetter. "The mushroom and onion gravy is wonderful over mashed potatoes or rice."

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Instead of baking a meatloaf and then making mushroom gravy to pour over it, Chef John combines the two techniques! "This technique keeps the meatloaf moist, while fortifying the sauce with its flavorful drippings," says Chef John. "This technique will work with just about any meatloaf recipe out there."

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A creamy mushroom pasta with fresh herbs and sherry. "A beautiful, aromatic, creamy mushroom sauce coats hot cooked fettuccine pasta in this quick dish," says Chef John. "You can use any kind of pasta you like."

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Fresh mushrooms, vegetables, noodles, and beef are served in a flavorful broth made with dashi, mirin, and soy sauce in this Japanese dish, sukiyaki. "We have a favorite restaurant that serves beef sukiyaki and this came pretty close," says Michelle. "It was excellent."

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"This is a gorgeous chicken dish with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms," says SHANOU. "It is so wonderful when served with garlic mashed potatoes. It tastes fantastic!"

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"Comfort food at its best," says Yoly. "Quick, easy, and delicious pork chops that are perfect for a weeknight supper."

This creamy casserole combines chicken with three kinds of mushrooms: oyster, shiitake, and cremini. "I love everything about this," says mff2003. "It was easy and didn't take that long to make. I used small Portabella mushrooms, and a Merlot wine instead of white. It was delicious!"

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"This is a savory and tasty main course with lovely presentation suitable for an elegant dinner, fancy brunch or any special occasion," says lutzflcat. "It won't fail to impress."

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"A delicious vegetarian sauce for pasta," says sorchaspud. "So tasty, and as nice as a meat bolognese. It can also be served with potatoes."

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Classic coq au vin gets the quick-fix treatment. It's ready in under an hour. "This dish is typically simmered for hours, but this version featuring boneless chicken is ready far sooner," says Jacques Pepin.

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Lean beef is cooked low and slow with mushrooms, onions, and red wine to create this classic French stew. "The beef cooked to perfection in the wine based sauce," says lyoungs. "It turned out very tender."

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Chicken breasts are topped with sauteed mushrooms in a delicious yet very simple dish. "Terrific," says evie. "Quick. Simple. Delicious. No special ingredients. What more could a busy person ask for!"

"The secret to this deep, rich soup is a long slow caramelization of the mushrooms, the key to unlocking the mushrooms' magic," says Chef John. "This is just pure essence of mushroom. So easy."

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"Juicy chicken is smothered in a rich mushroom sauce, which gets its depth of flavor from combining beef broth and sweet Madeira wine," says Kim's Cooking Now! "Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but elegant enough to serve for a dinner party!"

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