Sautéed Baby Bella Mushrooms are cooked in a red wine sauce and are an easy side dish for vegetarians and meat lovers both. They are perfect mushrooms for a steak recipe but also great on pasta, pork chops, grilled bread and mashed potatoes.
If you don't like mushrooms, you can look away and move on to another recipe. But if you are a mushroom lover like me, you are going to love this sauteed mushroom recipe with simple ingredients!
This is my favorite side dish recipe when making steaks. I love my steaks piled high with sautéed red wine mushrooms. I serve some roasted baby potatoes on the side and you have a full steak dinner.
And if you are not a steak lover, you can still eat these mushrooms. Try them mixed in with tortellini pasta or eggs, or on toast and mashed potatoes. I like to make a good sourdough toast, spread some ricotta cheese on it then top it with this baby bella mushroom recipe. So good for lunch!
If you like mushrooms, also try my Marinated Mushroom Salad.
Ingredients needed for Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce
- olive oil - I always have some good quality olive oil in my pantry.
- baby bella mushrooms - Make sure they are fresh! I prefer these meatier mushrooms as I think they are the best mushrooms for a steak dinner. But you can also substitute white button mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms.
- chopped garlic - finely chopped is the way I use it. I don't like any big overpowering pieces of garlic in my mushroom side dish.
- red wine - It doesn't have to be super expensive wine but use whatever you might be drinking with dinner. Sometimes I make these cooked mushrooms with white wine and pair them with chicken breasts.
- butter - this will thicken the sauce just a little bit and give some great flavor.
- salt and black pepper - I prefer sea or kosher salt. Also, fresh ground pepper always adds another dimension to food.
- parsley- fresh or dry is fine. When I can get fresh parsley I use it but I always keep dry parsley in my pantry.
See recipe card below for exact ingredient amounts.
What are Baby Bella mushrooms?
Baby bellas are a variety of mushrooms that are also known as Cremini mushrooms. They are somewhat similar to white mushrooms but are darker in color and have a more meaty texture. Baby bella mushrooms have a deep earthy flavor and their hearty taste makes them a perfect accompanient to beef. They are ideal to make steakhouse mushrooms.
Secrets to the Best Sautéed Mushrooms
These savory mushrooms in red wine sauce are very easy to make. They also can be prepared ahead of time and reheated in a pan or the microwave.
- Sauté Mushrooms in olive oil with fresh garlic in a large pan on medium-high heat.
- Add red wine and deglaze the large skillet. Cook down the mushrooms until they are softened and liquid is reduced.
- Season with herbs, salt and pepper.
- Add a pat of butter to thicken the sauce.
- Serve over or next to your favorite beef recipe. Also a perfect topping on pasta, baked potatoes or another meat such as pork tenderloin or veal chops.
More Cooking Tips:
- To clean mushrooms, give them a quick rinse before using and pat dry with paper towels. The less moisture on the mushrooms before cooking, the better.
- Substitute beef broth (or vegetable broth to keep this vegetarian) if you do not want to cook with wine or alcohol.
- For best results, add herbs at the end of cooking. Fresh parsley or fresh thyme are my favorite but if you don't have fresh herbs, dried ones are a great choice for a wonderful flavor too.
- The best way to store mushrooms is wrapped in a damp paper towel stored in an open brown or plastic bag.
- For extra flavor, add a splash of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar or worcestershire sauce to the mushrooms while they are cooking.
- Add some chopped yellow onions when sauteing the mushrooms for extra sweetness.
- Whole mushrooms make a great side dish so clean the mushrooms but don't slice before cooking.
- Leave out the wine and add an extra pat of butter to make garlic butter mushrooms.
Steak and Beef Recipes to Complement these Mushrooms
My favorite way to eat these tender mushrooms are piled high on juicy steaks but here are some more recipe ideas. Put delicious mushrooms on these beef dishes:
- Grilled Prime Rib Roast
- Crock Pot Roast
- Grilled Flat Iron Steak
- Cumin Rubbed Steak Kabobs
- Ridiculously Tasty Roast Beef Via Cattleman's beef Association
Baby Bella Mushroom Recipes
- Tenderloin Beef Tips and Mushrooms
- Mushroom Pasta Parmesan via A Couple Cooks
- Stove Top Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms
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Sautéed Baby Bella Mushrooms with Red Wine Sauce
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 10 ounces baby Bella mushrooms, sliced also called cremini mushrooms
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- ½ cup red wine
- 2 TBS salted butter
- 2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (or your favorite herb) use 1 TBS only if using dried
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat olive oil in medium sized skillet on medium to high heat. Add mushrooms and garlic.
- Cook mushrooms for about 5 minutes or until they start to brown. Add wine to deglaze the pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5 to 6 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid is reduced.
- Add butter and cook until melted and sauce slightly thickens.
- Sprinkle with parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.