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Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos

March/April 2009

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Here we take the elements of a vegetarian lasagna filling—ricotta, spinach and Parmesan cheese—and nestle them into roasted portobello mushroom caps. The recipe works best with very large portobello caps; if you can only find smaller ones, buy one or two extra and divide the filling among all the caps. Serve with a tossed salad and a whole-wheat dinner roll or spaghetti tossed with marinara sauce.



READER'S COMMENT:
"GREAT! I really loved this recipe and my husband liked it too. The only thing to keep in mind is not too add extra salt. the salt from the kalamata olives adds plenty of salt to the recipe. I will be making this recipe more and more!! "
Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos Recipe

57 Reviews for Cheese-&-Spinach-Stuffed Portobellos

05/28/2013
Anonymous
Background taste I couldn't get over

So... this was okay. And I will happily make it again since I spent $12 on portobello mushrooms that I can't afford to waste -- but after the last 2 mushrooms are gone, I probably won't make it again. I'm really picky and this isn't gagworthy to me, which kind of speaks for itself. There was just something off about the taste and I'm not sure what it was. It wasn't an aftertaste, it was more of a "background" taste. An almost sour, dirty taste? I can't explain it. Otherwise, it was good -- and like I said, I'm fairly picky and ate it two nights in a row. I hate wasting food but if something if gross enough, I toss it - I didn't toss this. So try it. You might like it.

Easy, Fast, Healthy
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Anonymous wrote 16 weeks 9 hours ago

Scrape out the gills of the

Scrape out the gills of the mushrooms with a spoon before baking, that should help.

05/24/2013
Anonymous

I did a few things differently. I didn't roast the mushrooms before stuffing. The juices from the 'shrooms mixed into the juices from the stuffing of the marinara sauce, spinach, and the ricotta cheese. I didn't add the olives because they aren't available in my neck of the woods. I made my own sauce. I served over pasta and made a salad and garlic bread. Delicious! I will make again.

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10/13/2012
Anonymous
Not bad for no meat!

I found this recipe looking for a healthy spinach recipe. I actually had ever ingredient, but I only had small whole portobellos so I went ahead and ran to the store to buy the large ones. It was definitely a success! The flavor was great, I love the texture of the spinach mix with the ricotta (though I'll be honest, I might cut it back a bit next time I make it). My only complaint really is that I didn't so much care for the Italian seasoning, and that even after draining the collected water in the mushrooms the first time around, when I baked them with the mixture in it, quite a bit of moisture had formed in the 10 minutes of baking. Still worth it though, and considering I'm a meat fanatic, I didn't feel like I was missing any with this dinner!

full of flavor, great texture, easy to make
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08/29/2012
Anonymous
Yummy!

Just made this for dinner & loved it! I didn't have ricotta on hand so I used cottage cheese instead & it worked great. I love olives, but the kalmata olives made it salty. No extra salt needed! Must try

Easy, few ingredients, delicious
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08/29/2012
A tasty dinner that is sure to impress

This was a fantastic dinner that I never would have guessed would be as healthy as it is. It tastes great, and looks amazing. Next time I'm trying to impress someone, this is what I'm making.

It was very easy to make- the only problem I ran into was how to cut up the spinach. The recipe doesn't say, so I just sliced it into small strips, which worked very well. But I wonder if sauteing it first so that it wilts a little bit and leaving the leaves whole would work. The contrast between the slightly acidic sauce and the rich ricotta is fantastic. The mushrooms hold up well and make for a stunning presentation. The melted Parmesan on top makes it look spectacular. I did add a little garlic salt to the cheese/spinach/olive mixture, and it helped a lot. I used black olives because I had them on hand. I used the leftover spinach to make a fantastic salad with lime juice, olive oil, and parmesan. The whole plate looked so great I honestly started giggling to myself.

The only thing I have against this recipe is that it is a little expensive. I don't know about you, but I don't have portabellos lying around, and they aren't the cheapest mushroom. I actually had to go out and buy everything for this recipe (but it was totally worth it). So if I can ever find portabellos on sale, I'll definitely be making this, and maybe even when they're not. For two people, it's definitely a worthwhile meal. For company, it could get a little hairy.

Relatively simple, attractive, impressive
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