Mushroom Stew


This is a delicious, hearty, vegetarian mushroom stew recipe. I serve it with polenta, but it would be equally yummy ladled over mashed potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes, or rice. Garnish with fresh herbs.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • ½ ounce dried mushrooms (such as porcini)

  • 1 cup hot water, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • 2 pounds assorted fresh mushrooms, cut into bite size pieces

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ pounds tomatoes - peeled, seeded, and chopped

  • 1 quart vegetable stock, or as needed

  • 8 ounces instant polenta

  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley, or as desired


  1. Place dried mushrooms in a small bowl with enough hot water to cover; let stand 20 minutes. Drain mushrooms; reserve liquid.

  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat; cook and stir onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in garlic, thyme, and cloves; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Stir fresh mushrooms and soaked dried mushrooms into onion mixture; cook and stir until mushrooms are soft, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Stir tomatoes and reserved mushroom liquid into mushroom mixture; simmer over low heat until thickened, about 20 minutes.

  4. Bring vegetable stock to a boil; whisk in polenta. Cook polenta, whisking constantly, until polenta is thick and stock is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Divide polenta into 4 bowls; ladle mushroom stew over polenta and garnish with fresh parsley.

Cook's Note:

You can stir a small handful of fresh herbs into polenta after cooking if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
13g Fat
65g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 988mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 49mg 246%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1383mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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