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Beef-less Bourguignon plated

Beef-less Bourguignon

This is a vegetarian twist on the French classic Beef Bourguignon.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French, Vegetarian


  • oven-safe skillet


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 turnip cut into small chunks
  • 1 carrot cut into small chunks
  • 1 parsnip cut into small chunks
  • 2 stalks celery cut into small chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large shallot finely chopped
  • 1 pint cremini mushrooms slices
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp French Four Spice by Penzey's (mix of white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
  • 1 1/2 cups burgundy wine
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic rough chopped
  • 1 bouquet garni (fresh herbs tied together such as parsley, thyme, bay leaf, leek)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3-4 portobello mushrooms cut into thick slices
  • 1 cup pearl onions frozen
  • fresh parsley for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a large oven-safe skillet, melt butter and olive oil. Add the turnip, carrot, parsnip and celery. Cook until they start to soften, about 2 minutes. Add a teaspoon of salt.
  • Add shallot and cremini mushrooms. Cook for 2 minutes. (Hold the portobellos until the end.)
  • Sprinkle in cinnamon and French spice blend. Stir to coat all of the vegetables.
  • Add the Burgundy wine and cook for a couple of minutes to give the alcohol a chance to burn off.
  • Stir in flour to thicken the sauce a bit. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato paste. Add the bouquet garni and 2 cups of vegetable broth. Cover the skillet and put in the oven for a half hour.
  • In a separate frying pan add the portobello mushrooms and pearl onions with a little olive oil and heat up to start to caramelize. Just a few minutes. You don’t need to cook them all the way through.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven, remove the bouquet garni. Add the portobellos and pearl onions. Put the lid back on and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Check to make sure there is enough liquid. Make sure everything is soft. Return to the oven without the lid so it can thicken up and become stew-like. This will take about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.


Keyword mushrooms, stew