Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce

Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

This sauce is going to come into your life and envelop you in it’s incredibly creamy embrace. It’s quite simply the number one recipe we make at family holidays, and birthday occasions.

I know the title is a little over the top, but I do save the truly outrageous claims for my family’s all time favorite recipes. I mean the kind of recipes that stand the test of time, and never go out of style. It also helps this sauce has classic flavors that pairs well with so many dishes.

I recently took it to an early holiday dinner with family, and over dinner we were debating on whether this sauce should be called ‘life changing’ or ‘life altering’. And since we never came to a final decision, I’ll leave it to you to decide after you’ve made it!

(I was joking around that I should call it ‘magical mushroom cream sauce’ because it’s truly magical. But you know… magical and mushrooms probably shouldn’t be in the same sentence.)

Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

There are so many things you can do with this sauce. So I decided to develop the recipe for the sauce as is, and tell you about the variations we like to make.

  1. This sauce is beyond fantastic with beef, from a perfectly seared steak to prime rib for special dinners. This sauce will take your dinner to the next level, and the best part is… it’s really easy to make. We like to do the above mentioned beef cuts with The Best Rosemary Potatoes, this creamy sauce, and a zippy salad like my Spinach Salad with Pomegranates with Creamy Chia Vinaigrette. If you’re going over the top, start with an Easy Antipasto Platter, and finish off with Chocolate Mousse Brownies. This menu has been a go-to for so many years, it’s pretty much tradition at this point.
  2. You can also use this as a sauce for chicken, (pictured above and below). I brown bone-in and skin on chicken thighs. Then add them to the sauce after it’s thickened, and simmer until the chicken is done in the middle, turning it a couple of times while it simmers.
  3. Also this sauce is a sublime partner to pasta. There’s so many variations, it’s hard to complete a full list. My favorite is to toss it with 1 pound of pasta, 1/2 pound of grilled or sautéed chicken, and serve with 1 pound of asparagus or broccolini. Another variation is to add 1/2 pound browned sausage mild or spicy, and some sautéed spinach or baby kale.

Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

This sauce is really easy to make, and it can also be made ahead, which is so awesome for entertaining. Start by cleaning the mushrooms, and thinly slicing them.

Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

From there, you’re going to brown them in a skillet. Then add some white wine to deglaze, along with chopped fresh rosemary.

Note: Just a note about the wine, it adds a beautifully complex flavor to the final sauce, but it’s definitely not mandatory. I’ve made this sauce without it plenty of times, and everyone still loves it. That being said, if you do go with some wine, I recommend a Pinot Grigio that has a crisp acidity to it which compliments the richness of the sauce.

Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

Once the wine is reduced by half, you add the cream, and then the sauce is simmered again until it’s thickened.

Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce | Get Inspired Everyday!

This sauce originated in my Moms kitchen about 10 years ago. We worked together to recreate a mushroom cream sauce we had tried at a fine dining Italian restaurant. The end result turned out better than the original we had out to eat. And we’ve been making it for family occasions ever since!

Fun fact: My mom made this sauce along with steaks and the rosemary potatoes I mentioned above for Tyler and I’s engagement dinner!

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Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce
 
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Serves: 2-3 cups sauce for 4 steaks or 1 pound of pasta
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
  • 12 ounces crimini mushrooms, about 18
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup white wine, optional see notes
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Clean the mushrooms thoroughly and pat them dry. Thinly slice them about ¼" thick. Preheat a 9" cast iron skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot but not smoking, add the avocado oil and the sliced mushrooms.
  2. Sauté the mushrooms until browned and just tender, be sure not to stir them too often because they won't brown properly if they're constantly stirred.
  3. When the mushrooms are done, add the rosemary and the white wine. Simmer until the wine is reduced by half, and then add the heavy cream. Bring the sauce to a boil being careful not to let it boil over. Then lower the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Season the sauce to taste with sea salt and pepper, serve as desired to seriously grateful guests!
Notes
Just a note about the wine, it adds a beautifully complex flavor to the final sauce, but it's definitely not mandatory. I've made this sauce without it plenty of times, and everyone still loves it. That being said, if you do go with some wine, I recommend a Pinot Grigio which has a crisp acidity to it which compliments the richness of the sauce.


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32 Comments on “Life Changing Rosemary Mushroom Cream Sauce”

    1. I love Straus dairy products, I just got a pint of their Vanilla Bean ice cream last weekend as a treat, and their yogurt is so good!

  1. Kari, I’m a fellow Flathead Valley resident … just north of Bigfork kind of near Echo Lake. I found your blog via a link to your chicken zoodle soup recipe on one of those list posts of spiralizer recipes. So happy to have found you. I need to spend some time looking around but this sauce is absolutely on my list!

    For a non dairy version, if the people needing non dairy can do cashews, I have had lots of good results using cashew milk or cream – homemade – in recipes in place of milk or cream. Less water/more cashews for heavy cream.

    1. We’re practically neighbors, and I’m so glad you found us. 🙂 Thanks so much for the dairy free tips, I really appreciate it! I still need to try cashew cream sometime, it sounds delicious and I absolutely love cashews.

  2. This is an absolutely amazing sauce and your photos depict well how creamy and delightful it is. I am definitely making this the next time I have mushrooms on hand.

  3. Wow, this looks so comforting and delicious! I’ll try it out with coconut cream and let you know how it turns out because dairy and my family are not friends. 🙂 But I’ve had success with coconut cream (not coconut milk, but the cream part) as a substitution for heavy cream. Might have to add a bit of arrowroot to thicken it a bit but in the end it all seems about the same. I mean, for as much as coconut cream can replace delicious delicious heavy cream, haha!

  4. You did the some of this and add some more of that into a great recipe. No more need to free style so it will be perfect every time. It was sublime with the prime rib. Great job. Another awesome family recipe for posterity. Love Mom

  5. Do you think this would be good with homemade coconut milk (made from coconut shreds)? I just do not trust the cleanliness of store bought cream.

    1. The texture wouldn’t be the same because coconut milk doesn’t thicken quite the same way cream does. One thing you could do is start with more coconut milk and simmer it down until it’s a cream sauce thickness, or add a small amount of the thickener of your choice at the end. I’m not sure what the flavor would be since I haven’t tried coconut milk though. I like to get raw unpasteurized cream when I can, but that’s definitely and individual choice everyone has to make, but it’s something to consider if you don’t like store bought. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

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