Recipe: Mushroom Marinara

This mushroom marinara makes the perfect winter warming dinner meal – it’s so rich, hearty and filling that even meat-eaters will be satisfied! I love whipping up a batch on a Sunday afternoon and leaving the leftovers to warm me up on Monday night. Perfect!

Mushroom Marinara | I Spy Plum Pie

Ingredients List

  • Onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 500g mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2tbs tomato paste
  • 2tbs dried basil
  • 1tbs dried oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Sugar (if required)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Finely dice the onion and garlic
  2. Clean and slice the mushrooms
  3. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy based saucepan and cook the onion and garlic until translucent
  4. Add the mushrooms and stir to combine, cooking over medium heat for 10 minutes or until their juices are released
  5. Add the red wine and stir through, then cook until the liquid is evaporated
  6. Dice the tomatoes and add to the saucepan along with the canned tomatoes and tomato paste, herbs and red pepper flakes, stirring to combine
  7. Reduce the heat and simmer for 45minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened
  8. Taste, and if required add a teaspoon or two of sugar, then season with salt and pepper
  9. Enjoy!

Mushroom Marinara | I Spy Plum Pie

There are lots of ways you can serve this mushroom marinara – spooned over pasta, heaped on steamed rice or even with some cheesy polenta. It’s versatile, reheats well and is oh so tasty. Plus it involves opening a bottle of red to make it, so it only makes sense to have a glass while you enjoy the spoils of your work too!

I like to use a mix of mushrooms but whatever you have on hand will work. This time I used a combination of button and portobello mushrooms, but I have used field mushrooms and porcini before as well. It still amazes me that I’m now happily cooking with all kinds of mushrooms after avoiding them for years, but I guess we really do change our taste buds as we get older!

Mushroom Marinara | I Spy Plum Pie

Are you a fan of mushroom marinara? What’s your favourite way to serve it?

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7 Comments on Recipe: Mushroom Marinara

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      October 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm (4 years ago)

      They are fast becoming one of my favourites too!

    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      October 6, 2016 at 7:11 pm (4 years ago)

      I hope you got a chance to try it out!

  1. Simone
    July 26, 2016 at 10:21 am (5 years ago)

    Yum! I love the sound of mushroom marinara. I will have to make it soon!

  2. Kim @zonktdesigns
    July 28, 2016 at 3:35 pm (5 years ago)

    I am a massive mushie nut!
    So i am hearting this so bad right now. YUMMO
    Thanks for linking up to YWF xx


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