Vegetarian Mushroom Stew
Vegetarian Mushroom Stew has red bell pepper, onion, paprika, and sour cream, and this is delicious plain or over Cauliflower Rice! And the stew is low in carbs and gluten-free.
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Everyone who likes red bell pepper, onion, paprika, and sour cream is going to love this easy, delicious, and low-carb Vegetarian Mushroom Stew. And I know low-carb eating can be challenging for vegetarians, so I’m feeling especially happy to share this.
I’m not sure if I should be calling this recipe a mushroom stew, because actually all the veggies are cooked separately in a large deep frying pan at relatively high heat, and then some paprika and sour cream is stirred in at the end and just barely warmed through. But the finished dish feels like a stew to me, so that’s the name I’m going with.
This mushroom stew would be delicious served over Cauliflower Rice if you wanted a more substantial meal, and if you’re doing that I might cut the veggies a bit smaller. And I wouldn’t mind a bit more sour cream added at the table either. But no matter how you eat it, this is so tasty!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
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- red bell pepper
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- mushrooms, preferably brown Cremini mushrooms
- paprika, preferably Szeged Hungarian Paprika (affiliate link)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- sour cream
What mushrooms did we use for the Mushroom Stew?
I made this recipe with brown Cremini mushrooms from Costco, but any mushrooms you like will be fine. And if you want to buy more than one kind of mushrooms, that will only make it better.
Can you add other vegetables to this recipe?
You can definitely add other vegetables to the stew but they will need to be cooked separately to accommodate the different cooking times. Longer cooking vegetables like turnips, sweet potatoes, or carrots will need more cooking time than the vegetables I used. You can also use vegetables like zucchini or cauliflower, which will probably cook about as quickly as the mushrooms do. I think kale would also be delicious added to this recipe.
Is the mushroom stew gluten-free?
This recipe doesn’t use any thickening or packaged broth so the recipe is naturally gluten-free.
Want more ideas using mushrooms?
Check out Mushroom Recipes to see more tasty recipes for mushroom fans!
How to Make Vegetarian Mushroom Stew:
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- Cut red bell pepper and the onion into short strips or slivers.
- Heat oil and cook onions about 5 minutes, until they start to brown. Remove onions to a bowl.
- Add a little more oil and cook tbell pepper about 5 minutes, until a few edges are starting to char. Remove red peppers to the bowl with the onions. (If your pan is big enough you can probably cook the onions and mushrooms together.)
- While the onions and peppers are cooking, wash mushrooms if needed, dry, and cut into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
- Put a little more oil in the pan and cook mushrooms until they’re well browned. Remove mushrooms to a separate bowl.
- I would always use Szeged Hungarian Paprika (affiliate link) for a dish like this.
- Put the onions and peppers back into the pan, sprinkle over the paprika and cook a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the mushrooms back to the pan and heat until any accumulated juice has evaporated, then reduce heat to very low and stir in the sour cream.
- Heat just until it is warmed through (do not boil) and serve immediately.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
This would taste great served over Cauliflower Rice or served with Cauliflower Rice with Basil, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts as a low-carb side dish. If you want a separate side dish I’d love it with Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms, Garlic-Roasted Green Beans, or Roasted Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Balsamic Vinegar.
More Low-Carb Recipes with Mushrooms:
- Kale, Mushrooms, and Cheese breakfast Casserole
- Stuffed Mushrooms with Olives and Feta
- Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan
- Grilled Mushrooms
- Air Fryer Roasted Mushrooms
Vegetarian Mushroom Stew
This low-carb Vegetarian Mushroom Stew is delicious plain, or serve over Cauliflower Rice!
- 1 large onion, peeled and cut into short strips
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeds cut out and cut into short strips
- 6 tsp. olive oil, divided
- 1 lb. brown Cremini mushrooms, washed and cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 2 tsp. Hungarian paprika, or more (see notes)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Cut the onion and the red bell pepper into short strips or slivers.
- Heat 2 tsp. oil in a large heavy frying pan over medium-high heat, add the onions and cook until onion is starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the onion to a bowl.
- Add another 2 tsp. olive oil, add the bell pepper and cook until done and starting to char, about 5 minutes. (You can also cook onions and peppers together if your pan is extra large.)
- While onions and bell peppers cook, wash the mushrooms, dry, and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices.
- Add a 2 tsp. more oil to the pan, heat the oil, and then cook the mushrooms until they are softened and well-browned. (You might need to do this in two batches if your pan isn’t large enough but I fit them in the big frying pan I used.)
- Remove the mushrooms to a different bowl.
- Put the onions and red peppers back into the pan, turn heat to medium, sprinkle paprika over the veggies, and saute for about 2 minutes, until the paprika is fragrant.
- Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
- Then add mushrooms and any accumulated juice and cook until the liquid has evaporated.
- Turn heat to low, wait about one minute to let the mixture cool down so the sour cream doesn't curdle, and then add the sour cream and gently stir to combine with the vegetables.
- Cook just until the sour cream is heated through, do not boil.
- Serve hot, over cauliflower rice if desired.
You can use sweet or sharp paprika, but I used sweet. I would always use Szeged Hungarian Paprika (affiliate link) for a recipe like this, and might even increase the amount of paprika a bit.
Recipe adapted from Mushroom Paprikas’ found in Fine Cooking Magazine; I could not find the recipe online.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Vegetarian Mushroom Stew is loaded with healthy low-carb vegetables, and would be approved for low-carb diet plans as well as any phase of the original South Beach Diet. South Beach would recommend low-fat sour cream; other low-fat diets will prefer full-fat.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2012. It was last updated with better photos and more information in 2023.
21 Comments on “Vegetarian Mushroom Stew”
Really tasty recipe! Thank you so much for sharing it. 🙂
So glad you liked it!
Thanks, glad you liked it!
Much appreciated, simple but very tasty!
Just got done making this, and it is so delicious! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try other recipes on your site.
This made the best lunch for today's snowy day! Thanks for the recipe!
What a wonderfully delicious recipe!
Just completely yummie dish… turned it into a noodle topping and added some quorn for added bite, and it was a big hit! Thanks for this, I came across your site today & this ensured a regular visit when I'm preparing the menu of the week 🙂
Arica, I am afraid I don't know anything about non-dairy sour cream but I am sure there are some available. Zucchini might work in place of the mushrooms here, but not sure about cabbage. I'd be careful not to overcook the zucchini. I think cubes of winter squash (pre-cooked partially) might also be good.
Lynn, so glad you enjoyed it!
Kalyn – I've never commented before, but I get your daily email now and have been reading your blog for some time. I made one of those yummy bean soups with sausage you showcased a month or so ago. So good.
I printed out this recipe yesterday morning before leaving for work and picked up the ingredients on the way home yesterday. It wasn't too labor intensive for after work and made the house smell heavenly. And the result? Delicious. I'm having some more for breakfast this morning with a couple of poached eggs.
This looks delicious! I have 2 substitute questions though. Any suggestions for a non-dairy replacement for the sour cream? Also, my husband doesn't like mushrooms(I know, how can anyone not like mushrooms??). Although I plan on making it for myself with the mushrooms what do you think about replacing the mushrooms with cabbage or zucchini? Any other replacement suggestions? Thanks for always sharing awesome recipes!
Thanks Dara! Of course if there's sour cream you know I'll like it, but I try to keep it to a moderate amount.
Ashlea, this has so much flavor for an "all veggie" dish!
Wow, love it. Looks like a great hearty but still only veggie dish. I love mushrooms!!!
Oh, those mushrooms look wonderful. With the sour cream and paprika stirred in at the end, this turns into something that seems decadent (but is still healthy!)
Joanne, glad you like it!
Blugrrl, thanks for that tip. Will try it the next time I make this.
Definitely going to put this recipe in the menu 'rotation' this week! Kalyn, I have found that 'tempering' the yogurt first will prevent curdling. To temper, simply measure out the required amount of yogurt, then add, a spoonful at a time, the hot ingredients to the yogurt. Just a few spoonfuls is all it takes to bring the yogurt up to the temperature of the ingredients. Then you can add the yogurt into the main part of the recipe.
Thanks for the veg consideration, love! This stew looks totally comforting and like just the thing I crave even though I'm not South Beach-ing!
Mushrooms (especially the baby bellas) are meaty enough to be the star of any main dish, yet for some reason we use them more as an add-on. It's so nice to see a recipe that gives these woodsy mushrooms their due.
Sarah and Keith, glad you like it!
I'm adding this to my ever-growing "Must Try Real Soon Now" list.
That looks super delicious! It can be so hard to find vegetarian recipes that are low in carbs – I think this looks like a winner!