Mushroom Ragu

Guest Post: Mushroom Ragu

Today we have a special guest in the kitchen! Mardi Michels from is whipping up something delicious today! Mardi says it’s finally starting to feel like fall in Toronto and there’s nothing she love more on a chilly evening than a big bowl of comfort food. Trouble is, comfort food can sometimes heavy, so today, She has re-imagined and lightened up a favourite pasta dish and added mushrooms – lots of them.  This is a warm, satisfying dish for the chilly nights ahead that won’t weigh you down – and it makes for awesome leftovers. What could be better?

Mushroom Ragu

Serves 6-8


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium red onions (approx. 450 g total), finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 medium carrot (150 g), diced small
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 900g mixed mushrooms, thinly sliced (if using shiitake, you can leave the smaller ones whole)
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (I used mushroom)
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 250 mL (1 cup) canned diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped curly parsley, to serve
  • Freshly grated parmesan, to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a heavy pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, garlic and thyme and cook until just the onions and garlic are starting to soften.
  3. Add the carrots to the pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes until carrots are just beginning to soften.
  4. Add the wine to the pan and cook until the wine has just about evaporated.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until they brown and soften slightly and start to release their juices.
  6. Add the stock, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  7. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and mix to combine.
  8. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  9. Season to taste, serve on top of pasta and sprinkle with a little parsley and parmesan.


This mouthwatering recipe can be enjoyed anytime, and it’s especially delicious during those long winter months! If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping recipe that will keep you and your family warm during the cold and chilly months, well look no further. Mardi has created a masterpiece that not only looks scrumptious, it taste amazing too!

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