Marsala Sauce

By Alexis Clark, Outreach Coordinator

Going back to my roots again for this one—an Italian American classic. If you love mushrooms, and creamy and savory sauces, give this a try!

Marsala Sauce

Yields 4 servings.


  • 1 ¾ cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 heaping tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 10 oz mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons dry Marsala wine
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, plus a little more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Boil the vegetable broth for about 20 minutes, or until the amount has reduced to about ¾ cup.
  2. In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the mushrooms, sage, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until the liquid from the mushrooms cooks off. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. In a skillet, boil the ½ cup of Marsala wine for about 30 seconds, stirring the entire time. Add the vegetable broth, non-dairy milk, and mushroom mixture. Thicken over medium-low heat for about 6 minutes, or until the sauce reaches desired consistency. Remove from heat and add the extra 2 tablespoons of Marsala wine and the lemon juice.
  5. Serve over your favorite seitan or tofu cutlet recipe (see below) and enjoy!

Recipe Tips and Variations

When I have the time, I like to use the Sexy Vegan’s Chicken-fried Seitan recipe from his cookbook. The extra breading really soaks the sauce up nicely. Alternatively, you can buy a pre-made cutlet—like Gardein—or even use as a pasta sauce!

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