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Now to the recipe! I’ll come clean really quickly and note that there are no actual lasagne noodles in this recipe/in these mushrooms. I just stuffed the mushrooms with some of the classic ingredients you would often find in lasagne, like ricotta and tomato sauce. This is a nutritious take on lasagne, which often feels heavy and loaded with tons of dairy, sometimes meat, and white pasta.
I think traditional lasagne can fit into a healthy diet, of course, but I feel very weighed down and not awesome after I eat it. These stuffed portobello mushrooms give me all the satisfaction of lasagne, and all the nutrition of mushrooms (they’re full of minerals, B vitamins and phytonutrients) and I feel great afterwards!
You can customize these mushrooms of course and add some COOKED animal protein if you like (ground turkey sausage would be delish), but I have always felt that mushrooms were a great sub for meat, because they feel and tasty, well….meaty!
These are really easy to make – and even easier if you buy store-bought ricotta and sauce! You can add mozzarella if you like, but I really think they’re fabulous without. Give me one of these + a green salad and I’m good to go!
I like to scrape the gills out because it makes more room for stuffing and also because the gills can trap grit. Yikes! I also used my favorite cauliflower-cashew ricotta (a little protein + a little more veg!), but Kite Hill makes a fabulous almond milk ricotta and there are plenty of high quality dairy ricottas out there too.
Even leftovers are delicious! I thought this would be a great easy back-to-school meal, but you can really make it all year long. If you make this recipe or any of my recipes, please tag me on Instagram so I can see your beautiful creations @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman!
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- 4 large Portobello mushrooms, wiped clean with a damp paper towel
- Unrefined, cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil for greasing
- Sea salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups ricotta cheese or vegan ricotta recipe below
- 1 large egg, beaten (only needed if using dairy ricotta)
- 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed and drained of excess liquid*
- 1⁄2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese + extra for sprinkling on top 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil + more for garnish
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
- With a spoon, gently scoop out the gills inside the mushrooms. Discard the gills and lightly brush the outside of the mushrooms with olive oil. Set mushrooms on wire rack and season with a pinch of salt for each.
- In a medium bowl, add the ricotta cheese, egg, drained spinach, Parmesan cheese, basil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and pinch of nutmeg. Stir until well combined.
- Divide the ricotta filling between the Portobello mushrooms. Top each mushroom with 1⁄4 cup marinara sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Bake mushrooms on wire rack for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and mushrooms are tender. If you want to brown the cheese on top, put the pan under the broiler for 1 minute. Be careful as the cheese can brown quickly.
- Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired. Serve warm.
Omit egg if using vegan ricotta
8 ounces cauliflower florets, cut into 1⁄2 -inch pieces (2 1⁄4 cups)
1 1⁄2 cups raw cashews, chopped
2 1⁄4 teaspoons sea salt, divided + additional (you can use kosher salt in Step 1) 3 Tablespoons unrefined, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup water
Bring 3 quarts of water to boil in a large saucepan. Add cauliflower florets, cashews, and 2 teaspoons salt and cook until cauliflower is very soft and falls apart easily when poked with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain cauliflower mixture in colander and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
Process cauliflower mixture, oil and water in a clean food processor until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mixture will be slightly grainy. Season with 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste.