And so it begins, we dive into deepest, darkest January BUT…never fear! I am here to warm your cockles and fill your tummies with hearty, flavourful recipes guaranteed to see you through until Spring! Today’s simple Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff is creamy, smoky, herby and very moreish. 

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Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff served with mustard mashed potato.

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff has all the smoky, creamy, comforting flavours you’d expect from the traditional dish but without the meat and dairy.

Most mushroom stroganoff recipes rely entirely on delicious chewy mushrooms for their texture, and I use four varieties of mushrooms in my recipe, but I also add in a tin of butter beans for their wonderful buttery flavour and fabulous texture.

Smoked Sweet Paprika adds a warm, gentle heat while fresh thyme brings its heady, aromatic notes. Together they create a wonderful, complex flavour profile full of character.


Mustard Mash Potato with Smoky Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff.


How To Make Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff is the simplest of dishes:

  • Cook the mushrooms and leeks together, slowly, over a medium heat. 
  • Add a handful of porcini, some sherry, fresh thyme leaves, garlic and that lovely smoky paprika.
  • Stir in your coconut milk and add the butterbeans.
  • Let it all meld together into one glossy, aromatic, sensory sensation! 

Substitutions and Suggestions

  • Do go for smoked sweet paprika here rather than the hot version – stroganoff is all about smoky warmth rather than blow your head off heat.
  • You could substitute the coconut milk with homemade cashew or sunflower cream or with a carton of ready made vegan cream.
  • Add roasted carrots, parsnips or squash for a real winter warmer.
  • Replace butter beans with chestnuts or leave them out completely.
  • Swap thyme for sage or rosemary.
  • Add some chilli powder for a bit of heat to really warm you up!

Recipes are best when they are adapted and personalised and evolve over time. I do love hearing how readers have adapted my offerings so, if you do, please come and share your ideas with me!

Smoky Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff with mustard mashed potato.

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Vegan Stroganoff served with mustard mashed potato

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

A super easy midweek dinner this Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff combines big flavours and fabulous texture for a warming, satisfying meal. It is perfect served with mashed potatoes, pappardelle pasta, polenta or rice!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: mushroom stroganoff, vegan stroganoff
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4
Calories: 313.24kcal
Author: Chris Mosler | Thinly Spread


  • 5 g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 100 ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 200 g chestnut mushrooms, sliced thickly
  • 100 g mini portobello mushrooms, sliced thickly
  • 50 g shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 60 ml vegan sweet sherry (or red wine)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 400 g tin butterbeans, drained and rinsed
  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 1 vegan vegetable stock cube (I used Kallo)
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Soak the dried mushrooms in the boiling water for 20 minutes until rehydrated, drain (reserving the soaking liquid) and finely chop.
  • Heat the oil in a large non stick frying pan over a medium heat.
  • Add the leeks and all the fresh mushrooms and cook over a gentle heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are soft, browned and juicy.
  • Add the chopped garlic and the dried mushrooms and fry gently for a minute.
  • Turn up the heat, add the mushroom soaking liquid and simmer rapidly for a couple of minutes until the liquid has evaporated.
  • Reduce the heat, add the thyme, sherry, soy sauce, stock cube and smoked paprika and simmer gently for another two minutes.
  • Stir in the drained butterbeans and the coconut milk and simmer gently for a couple of minutes to heat them through. 
  • Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with mustardy mashed potato, pappardelle pasta or rice. 


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.


Calories: 313.24kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.96g | Protein: 9.99g | Fat: 17.79g | Saturated Fat: 12.42g | Sodium: 785.2mg | Potassium: 873.32mg | Fiber: 7.38g | Sugar: 4.17g | Vitamin A: 1409.18IU | Vitamin C: 9.89mg | Calcium: 80.55mg | Iron: 5.88mg
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