Delicious Red Wine Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Welcome, my wine and food-loving friends! Today, I’m excited to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes – A Red Wine Mushroom Sauce Recipe! This sauce is deeply flavorful, rich and versatile, making it the perfect accompaniment for any meal, especially during winters.

As a sommelier, I believe that wine can be used in more ways than just for drinking. It’s an incredibly versatile ingredient that can transform any food recipe into a culinary masterpiece. And that’s precisely what we’ll be doing with today’s sauce. The combination of dry red wine and mushrooms creates a unique flavor profile and aroma that is sure to wow your dinner guests.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. In fact, you only need to keep a handful of ingredients on hand to whip up this incredible mealtime favorite! So whether you’re looking to impress your dinner guests or just want to indulge in something incredibly tasty and satisfying, this Red Wine Mushroom Sauce Recipe won’t disappoint!

So without further ado, let’s dive into the ingredients list and get started on making this delightful sauce. Trust me; it’ll be worth it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Red Wine Mushroom Sauce
Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

If you’re a lover of all things savory and mushroomy, then you’ll certainly fall head over heels with this incredible red wine mushroom sauce recipe. Not only is it an easy-to-follow recipe with only a few simple ingredients, but it’s quick to prepare and can be the perfect complement to any dish, especially steak!

What makes this wine mushroom sauce recipe unique is that it uses dried tarragon to give the sauce a delicate flavor, and a cup of dry red wine adds richness and color to the finished product. Additionally, instead of using flour as a thickening agent like some recipes might call for, this sauce uses cornstarch to avoid any clumps and attain perfect consistency.

The combination of buttery mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with minced garlic and red onions creates a delightful aroma that will inevitably make your mouth water. Whether you use button mushrooms or splurge on wild mushrooms for the recipe, the result is pure deliciousness that everyone in your family can enjoy.

So whether you’re looking for something special to make for date night or just want to add a bit of flavor to your usual dinner rotation, this red wine mushroom sauce recipe is sure to become one of your favorites. Trust me; the flavors are out of this world!

Ingredient List

 A rich and savory sauce perfect for any mushroom lover.
A rich and savory sauce perfect for any mushroom lover.

Let’s Take a Look at the Recipe Ingredients

To make this red wine mushroom sauce recipe, you will need:

  • 1 Shallot – minced
  • 1 Onion – thinly sliced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic – minced
  • 8 Ounces Button Mushrooms – sliced thin
  • 8 Ounces Wild Mushrooms(such as shiitake, portobello or cremini) – sliced thin
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Red Wine (dry, not sweet)
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Tarragon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cornstarch Slurry (made with ½ cup hot water and 2 tablespoons cornstarch)

Make sure you have all these ingredients in your pantry before starting to prepare the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 This sauce is infused with deep and complex flavors of red wine.
This sauce is infused with deep and complex flavors of red wine.

Now, let’s get down to business and start making this delicious Red Wine Mushroom Sauce. Follow the step-by-step process in this recipe how-to.


For this recipe, you will need the following:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2 cups of dry red wine
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of unsalted butter until it melts.
  2. Add the finely chopped shallots and sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Add one minced garlic clove and the tarragon to the skillet. Stir it for around thirty seconds.
  4. Pour in two cups of dry red wine into the skillet with the mushrooms mixture then stir well to combine.
  5. Cook for fifteen minutes or until the sauce becomes syrupy in texture.
  6. Pour into a measuring cup, then pour back into the pan after cleaning it out.
  7. Add one cup of beef broth, salt, pepper and a teaspoon cornstarch to thicken it up a little bit.
  8. Let the mushroom gravy simmer for another five minutes until thickened and smooth.
  9. Take it off the heat and stir in another tablespoon of butter to make it richer.

There you have it! Your savory Red Wine Mushroom Sauce is ready to enhance any meat dish that you please.

Substitutions and Variations

 You'll be amazed by how easy it is to make this scrumptious sauce.
You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to make this scrumptious sauce.

Looking for some substitutions and variations to this red wine mushroom sauce recipe? No problem! Here are a few ideas to help you switch it up and create your own unique twist on this classic dish.

– Wine Substitutions: Not a fan of red wine? You can easily swap it out for white wine or try using a rose instead. Each type of wine will bring a slightly different flavor profile to the sauce, so feel free to experiment until you find the perfect match.

– Mushroom Variations: While this recipe uses button mushrooms, you can easily mix things up by using a combination of different types of mushrooms, such as portobello, cremini, or shiitake. Each mushroom variety will add its own unique texture and flavor to the sauce.

– Herb Options: If you’re not a fan of tarragon, feel free to substitute it with other herbs like rosemary or thyme. Or if you prefer a more subtle flavor, simply omit the herbs altogether.

– Thickening Agents: This recipe uses cornstarch as a thickening agent, but you could also use flour or arrowroot powder instead. Just be sure to adjust the amount accordingly as each thickener will require different ratios.

– Creamy Option: Want to make a creamy mushroom sauce? Simply stir in some heavy cream at the end until it reaches your desired consistency.

With these substitutions and variations, you can transform this classic red wine mushroom sauce recipe into something truly unique and delicious. Whether you’re looking to switch up the flavor profile or simply want to try something new, these options are sure to add some excitement to your next meal.

Serving and Pairing

 This sauce pairs beautifully with any meat or pasta dish.
This sauce pairs beautifully with any meat or pasta dish.

This red wine mushroom sauce is an absolute game-changer when it comes to pairing dishes. It pairs beautifully with steak, chicken, or even pasta. The rich and earthy essence of the mushroom sauce provides a savory flavor that is perfect for any occasion.

For your next dinner party, pair this delicious red wine mushroom sauce with beef tenderloin steaks or filet mignon recipe. The combination of the tender meat and savory mushroom sauce will create an explosion of flavors in your mouth.

If you’re in the mood for a creamy mushroom pasta sauce, this red wine mushroom sauce works well too. Just heat it up and pour it over your favorite pasta dish. The result is an indulgent and hearty meal that will feel like a hug in a bowl.

For white wine lovers, fear not! This recipe can also work with white wine if you want to go for a lighter flavor. You can also add cream to make creamy mushroom sauce if you fancy something richer.

No matter which pairing you choose, this red wine mushroom sauce is sure to impress your taste buds and your guests.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A stunning sauce that's sure to impress your dinner guests.
A stunning sauce that’s sure to impress your dinner guests.

This red wine mushroom sauce recipe can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, making it a convenient ingredient for impromptu dinners or special occasions. The best way to store the mushroom sauce is by placing it in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, and refrigerate for up to three days.

When ready to reheat the sauce, simply warm it up on the stove over low heat. If the sauce has thickened too much after refrigeration, add up to 1/4 cup hot water or chicken broth to thin out the consistency to your desired thickness.

Another great way to make use of this recipe is by doubling or even tripling the recipe ingredients and storing the extra sauce in individual portions in the freezer. Just defrost it overnight in the fridge before reheating as normal on the stove.

And if you’re worried about any leftover sauce going to waste, don’t be! This red wine mushroom sauce can add flavor to many meals – from steak and beef tenderloin steaks, to creamy mushroom pasta sauce. So go ahead and give it a try!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Velvety smooth and bursting with delicious umami flavor.
Velvety smooth and bursting with delicious umami flavor.

Creating a delicious red wine mushroom sauce is easier than you might think, but there are a few tips to ensure that the results are perfect every time. These tips will help you prevent some common mistakes and make the most out of your ingredients.

The first tip is to slice your mushrooms as thin as possible. Thinly sliced mushrooms will cook more evenly and will absorb more flavor from the red wine and chicken broth than thicker slices. You can use a sharp knife or a mandoline slicer to achieve this thinness.

Another tip is to cook the mushrooms before adding any liquid. This helps them release their natural sweetness and prevents them from getting slimy. Cook your sliced mushrooms in a large skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil until they turn golden brown for about 10 minutes, and then add minced garlic, onions, and fresh thyme.

When it comes to the red wine, it’s essential to choose a dry one that you would drink on its own, like cabernet sauvignon or merlot. Avoid using cooking wine as it’s typically low quality and won’t produce the same depth of flavor as a drinkable wine would.

Adding cornstarch is essential if you want your red wine mushroom sauce to be thick and creamy instead of thin and watery. Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of hot water before adding it to the sauce. Continue stirring until the sauce has thickened, which should take two or three minutes.

Finally, don’t forget to season your sauce with salt and pepper. This will enhance the flavor of all ingredients in the sauce recipe by bringing out their natural flavors while also adding depth to the dish.

By following these tips, you’ll create an outstanding red wine mushroom sauce that’ll leave your guests wanting more. Remember always to experiment with different variations to find what works best for you!

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a rich and flavorful sauce to take your meals to the next level, this red wine mushroom sauce recipe is a must-try. With its bold flavors and easy-to-follow instructions, it’s the perfect complement to steak, chicken, pasta, and much more.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, it’s also extremely versatile. You can substitute different types of mushrooms or adjust the amount of wine to suit your taste preferences. Plus, it can be easily made ahead of time and reheated for convenient use later.

So why not take your cooking to new heights with this delicious red wine mushroom sauce? Impress your friends and family with your culinary skills and enjoy the scrumptious taste that this recipe has to offer. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Red Wine Mushroom Sauce

Red Wine Mushroom Sauce Recipe

This is the easiest, fastest, yummiest, most versatile sauce I have ever tasted. You can put it on almost anything! I am putting it on here with the original chicken broth base, but just by changing the broth to a beef broth, it can be used on top of red meat dishes as well....and anything else you can think of. I'm putting it up on here because I keep misplacing it.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Servings 3 cups
Calories 51.1 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the diced onions and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms and continue to saute until mushrooms begin to soften (about 2 minutes).
  • Stir in the chicken broth and tarragon. Raise the heat to med-high, cooking until mushrooms are tender (about 3 minutes).
  • In a small cup stir together the wine and cornstarch. Add mixture to the sauce and raise the temp to high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cook until thickened.
  • Remove from heat, cover and keep warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 72gCalories: 51.1kcalCarbohydrates: 3.3gProtein: 1.6gFat: 2.6gSaturated Fat: 1.6gCholesterol: 6.1mgSodium: 170.7mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Onions, Sauces, Savory, Vegetable
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