This rich and savory Farro and Mushroom Ragu is made with a blend of wild mushrooms, hearty whole grains and umami packed ingredients, like miso and soy sauce. Served over pasta for a satisfying vegan dinner in under an hour.
How to Make Mushroom and Farro Ragu
I have made many variations of meatless Ragu and Bolognese sauces in the past and this farro and mushroom ragu is by far my favorite. A blend of cremini and wild mushrooms give it body while whole grain farro adds chewiness and texture. The best part goes in at the end: coconut cream, miso and soy sauce. These three ingredients are going to give the sauce an amazing savory flavor. Trust me, you won’t miss the meat!
To make this Farro Mushroom Ragu, start by soaking the wild mushrooms in boiling water. It can be very difficult to find fresh wild mushrooms, like porcini and morels, in the grocery store. The dried variety is pretty widely available. Let those soak while you prep the other ingredients.
To make life easier, I use a food processor to mince all the vegetables. Just cut the celery, carrots, onion and cremini mushrooms into chunks and throw them in. Pulse until the vegetables are coarsley chopped. A few quick pulses is all you need, try not to blend or the mixture will turn into a gross paste.
Once you have all the vegetables ready to go, heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the veggies and crank the heat up pretty high to allow all that moisture to release. Once most of the liquid has cooked off, go ahead and add in some minced garlic, fresh thyme and tomato paste. Let that cook for another couple minutes before adding a splash of red wine to deglaze the pan.
Drain and chop up the soaked wild mushrooms into little pieces and add those to the pot along with a can of chopped tomatoes. Bring everything up to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes to allow those flavors to meld.
While the ragu is simmering, whisk together the coconut cream, miso and soy sauce in another bowl. This prevents the miso paste from clumping together in the pan. After the sauce has been simmering for a while, add the slurry and cooked farro. These ingredients only cook for another five minutes or so to ensure the farro retains its chewy texture.
Finally, turn off the heat and stir in a splash of balsamic vinegar. Season with salt to taste (very important) and serve warm. At this point you can also add a splash of your pasta’s cooking liquid to really kick it up a notch.
What to Serve with Mushroom and Farro Ragu
This mushroom and farro ragu goes wonderfully with pasta. The sauce will be quite thick, so I like to add a splash of pasta cooking liquid at the end to thin and add more flavor. I recommend cooking the pasta in heavily salted water until very al dente and then letting it simmer for a couple minutes with the ragu.
Pasta is my number one recommendation, but mashed potatoes, polenta and even just some crusty pieces of bread would all go well with this mushroom and farro ragu.
More Vegan Recipes to Try:
- Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Dal
- One Pot French Onion Pasta
- Olive Oil and Herb Mashed Potatoes
- Wild Mushroom and White Bean Tagliatelle