Mushroom Pasta Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 04, 2023
This creamy mushroom pasta sauce has an earthy flavor that tastes delicious served over pasta, chicken or pork. I like to add bottled sherry and black truffle oil when I have them on hand. —Francine Lizotte, Surrey, British Columbia


  • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook fettuccine according to package directions.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until mushrooms are tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in wine. Cook and stir until reduced by half. Stir in cream, stock, rosemary, basil, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 15-20 minutes. Drain fettuccine. Serve sauce over pasta. Garnish with parsley.
Creamy Mushroom Pasta Sauce Tips

Can you caramelize the mushrooms for creamy mushroom pasta sauce?

Yes! You can caramelize the mushrooms much like you caramelize onions. In fact, caramelized mushrooms will really enhance the flavor of the sauce. Cook sliced mushrooms in butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. (Don’t make the mistake of cooking mushrooms over low heat or overcrowding the pan; doing so will steam the shrooms, not saute them.) Cook and stir until all the liquid in the pan has evaporated and the mushrooms become golden brown. Add the other ingredients and cook as the recipe directs.

Can you add a meat or protein to mushroom pasta sauce?

You can add a meat or protein to mushroom pasta sauce to make it an even heartier meal. Add extra-firm tofu, cooked chicken or stir in slices of cooked beef tenderloin to mimic beef Stroganoff.

How do I make my mushroom pasta sauce more creamy?

While this pasta sauce is creamy on its own, you can make it even creamier by adding cheese, like freshly grated Parmesan (pre-grated often leads to clumpy sauces). Add it slowly on low heat, stirring until combined. You can also save your pasta water and add a bit to help get a creamy, rich sauce.

What's the best type of cream to use for mushroom pasta sauce?

The best type of cream to use for this homemade pasta sauce recipe is heavy whipping cream. If you don't have any on hand, try one of these heavy cream substitutes.

How should I store this mushroom pasta sauce?

We recommend storing this pasta sauce for up to four days in an airtight container in the fridge. If your sauce broke while storing, learn how to save your broken sauce in just three easy steps. Try one of these other satisfying mushroom recipes next!

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup sauce with 1-1/2 cups pasta: 705 calories, 51g fat (32g saturated fat), 151mg cholesterol, 362mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 15g protein.