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Fast & Easy Dinner: Pesto Portobellos

Fast & Easy Dinner: Pesto Portobellos

Portabello mushrooms make a wonderful meaty, yet meatless meal. They can be stuffed with just about anything, but a pesto-hazelnut filling is a fresh and delicious winter pick me up. Lemon zest and chopped parsley add layers of flavor. Shaved Parmesan cheese is the salty finish to this scrumptious baked entree. To see the recipe all you have to do is,


Pesto Portobellos
From Vegetarian Times magazine

8 large portobello caps, about 6 inches round
2 Tbs. olive oil
Salt to taste
2/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
2/3 cup prepared basil pesto
1 Tbs. grated lemon zest from 2 large lemons
1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts, optional
1/3 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
Chopped parsley or mint for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line two shallow roasting pans or baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  2. Gently wipe mushroom caps with damp towel. Use paring knife to pry out any bits of stems; chop stems finely.
  3. Lightly brush tops of caps with oil. Set caps, gill sides up, in prepared pans. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  4. Combine chopped stems, breadcrumbs, pesto, lemon zest, vinegar and hazelnuts, if using. Spoon about 2 rounded tablespoons of topping into each mushroom.
  5. Roast mushrooms on top rack 5 minutes. Switch to bottom rack. Continue roasting until tender, 10 to 15 minutes total.
  6. Sprinkle grated cheese liberally on each mushroom, and garnish with parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 8.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
that looks great!
niklectric niklectric 9 years
This recipe is from an older issue of VT. I made it once and it was awesome!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I'm excited about trying this! I am converting to veganism so I'll have to omit the cheese, but it looks like it won't need cheese. I also found out how great hazelnuts are for you recently and have been wanting to try them.
emalove emalove 9 years
Mushrooms are my most disgusting food...never would I eat this!
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
how can anyone hate mushrooms?!? :O i love portobello pizzas! i used a sundried tomato pesto, grape tomatoes, and a slice of mozzarella
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Wow, I never realized how graphic that smiley was :?
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Mushrooms=fungi= :SICK:
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Mmmm looks lovely!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
my boyfriend hates mushrooms....but i might have to make this for me soon!!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yumyumyum!!!! :drool:
paine paine 9 years
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Lord I hate mushrooms...
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