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Vegan Meaty Mushroom Marinara Sauce

Meaty Mushroom Marinara Sauce Recipe

Meaty Mushroom Marinara SauceThis Vegan Meaty Mushroom Marinara Sauce recipe can be made in advance and the sauce frozen in smaller portions—cheaper and tastier than store-bought!

Veggies and Sauce

For a long time, I refused to eat tomato sauce. I ate my pasta plain and when I got pizza, I would carefully separate the cheese from the crust, scrape off all the sauce, and then reassemble each slice. Even now, I’m still picky about tomato sauce. My pasta sauce needs to be full of veggies. Full of them! The veggie to sauce ratio must be high!

Meaty Mushroom Marinara Sauce
Unfortunately, a lot of store-bought pasta sauces skimp on the veggies. Mushroom sauces are my favorite because I like the meatiness that the mushrooms add to a pasta dish, but usually store-bought sauces either have a few token slices in each jar or tiny little diced mushrooms that you can’t even taste. Sad! So I decided to make my own mushroom marinara. Yes, it takes more time than opening up a jar, but this recipe makes a lot of sauce, so you can whip up a batch on the weekend, then freeze it in small portions to use throughout the week. Not only is this tastier than buying pasta sauce, it’s much cheaper too. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Meaty Mushroom Marinara Sauce Recipe

Vegan Meaty Mushroom Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce made with meaty sliced mushrooms.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb cremini or white mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • a pinch or two of red pepper flakes optional
  • 1-2 tsp granulated sugar optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic. Cook about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Add the mushrooms; cook until their juices are released and then cooked off, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the wine and raise the heat to high. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the liquid has almost evaporated.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and pepper flakes (if using). Reduce heat to low, and simmer for an hour, or until the sauce has thickened.
  • If needed, add a teaspoon or two of sugar to cut the acidity, and season with salt and pepper to taste.


Muir Glen canned tomatoes are BPA-free, but jarred crushed tomatoes will work in this recipe too.
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  • Reply
    Paula - bell'alimento
    October 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

    You had me at mushroom …

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    Kiran @
    October 31, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Absolutely love mushrooms and I know I’ll love this marinara too! Yum 🙂

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    October 31, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Would it be good with diced onion also?

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      November 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Yup, you could definitely add diced onion!

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    October 31, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Did you actually eat pasta plain on its own? I love tomato sauce, and while I do like it better when it’s full of veggies, I would still smother my pasta and pizza in plain tomato sauce! I like that you added red wine to this mushroom sauce for a deeper flavour – and then you get to drink the rest of the wine with your meal!

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      November 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Okay, this is gross, but I ate my pasta with grated Parmesan cheese and canned corn (because for some reason, my mom would always make corn when we had spaghetti). I’d make a “sauce” for the pasta from the liquid from the corn. It would make the cheese wet, so it would stick to the noodles. I feel kind of sick thinking about it now.

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        November 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        haha…it doesn’t sound very appealing now, but it must have tasted good at one point!

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    Mushrooms Canada
    November 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    One day I started making my own sauces and I’ve never gone back! Veggie-packed sauces just have such nice flavour and texture to them…especially when full of mushrooms!! Love this recipe, thanks for sharing.


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      November 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      The more veggies, the better! Especially mushrooms. 🙂

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    October 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Your recipe looks delicious.
    Is there any substitute for red wine ?

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    December 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Where’d you get those great hop plates?

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