Easy Stuffed Portabella Pizza in a Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce

“These ridiculously cute and mouth-watering Portabella pizzas taste so much like the real thing you won’t believe they are vegan, gluten-free, and good for you! Shhh, don’t tell my husband.”

Recipe and photo courtesy of Angela from Oh She Glows.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 12 mins. | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

8 Portabella mushrooms
2 cups pizza sauce
Vegan Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce (recipe below)
1/3 cup each red, green, orange pepper, diced
1/3 cup sweet onion, diced
2-3 large basil leaves, finely diced
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Vegan Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce:
1 cup raw cashews
1/3-1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt, to taste
1/2 tsp cold-pressed sunflower oil
1 fresh basil leaf
1 small clove garlic
1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat oven by setting the broiler on low. Take a baking sheet and cover with a silicone non-stick baking mat or parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Make your Vegan Cashew Basil cheese sauce by using the recipe below. Set aside.
  3. Remove stems of Portabellas and gently rub Portabellas with a wet cloth to clean. Place Portabellas ‘belly’ side up on the baking sheet. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce into each Portabella. Now spoon about 2 teaspoons of Vegan Cashew basil Cheese Sauce on top of the pizza sauce (see recipe below). Grab a cutting board and knife and chop the onion and pepper and then sprinkle onto Portabellas. Finally, shake on some red pepper flakes and sprinkle finely diced basil on top.
  4. Broil in the oven on the lowest temperature setting on the middle rack for about 10-12 minutes, watching closely as broiler temperatures vary. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Vegan Basil Cheese Sauce:
1. Place 1 cup of raw cashews in a bowl of water, cover, and soak overnight in the fridge.
2. When cashews are ready, drain and place all ingredients (cashews, Himalayan sea salt, cold-pressed sunflower oil, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice) into a food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape sides of processor as necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
3. Place any leftover cheese in a container in the fridge and enjoy with chopped vegetables, crackers, bread, and chips!

Cream of Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Soup

This soup is a hybrid between a Cream of Mushroom and a French Onion Soup. The sweetness of the caramelized onions works beautifully with the earth mushrooms and rich heavy cream. It’s just what you want on a cold night. 

Recipe and photo courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.
Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil
16oz cremini mushrooms, stems removed and diced
2 medium yellow onions, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp flour
4 cups beef stock
1 small bundle fresh thyme
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste

Method

1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Add in the mushrooms and cook until their liquids have released and reduced, 6-8 minutes. Add in the onions and cook everything, stirring occasionally until onions are caramelized and mushrooms are deep golden brown, 20 minutes.

2. Add the olive oil and flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Pour in the stock and thyme and whisk constantly until thickened. Add in the heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste.

3. At this point you can leave it chunky or use an immersion blender to make it a smooth creamy soup. Serve piping hot with crusty bread for dipping.

Browned Butter Mushroom Ravioli with Sage

Not only does this unsealed approach make the ravioli easy to prepare, you get a higher mushroom-to-pasta ratio than with the traditional form, which is yet another reason for celebration.

Recipe courtesy of Charmian of The Messy Baker.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
4 large sage leaves, whole (8 small is fine, too)
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups sliced mushrooms (about 1/4-inch thick)
1 pinch fine sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 sprigs thyme, leaves removed (lemon thyme is lovely if you grow it)
2 tablespoons heavy cream (35%)
8 sheets pasta sheets, fresh is best but dried will do (about 4 inches square)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Method

  1. Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil for the pasta.
  2. In a shallow skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sage leaves. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter turns brown and smells like toasted almonds. The sage should become crisp but not burned. Remove skillet from the heat. Place the sage leaves on a couple layers of paper towel to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the browned butter for later.
  3. Return skillet to medium heat. Sautée the garlic in the browned sage butter until it becomes soft. Add the mushrooms and increase the heat to medium-high, adding a pinch of sea salt and a generous grinding of fresh black pepper. Cook the mushrooms until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme and cream, and cook until the cream has thickened a bit, about 2 minutes. Keep warm on low while you tend to the pasta.
  4. When the water reaches a full, rolling boil, cook the pasta to the al dente stage. Timing varies depending on whether you are using fresh or dried pasta. Drain the pasta being careful not to tear it. Torn sheets can be used as the bottom layer, so don’t tell anyone if a sheet or two rips a bit.
  5. Set out four plates and place one sheet of pasta in the middle of each. Spoon 1/4 of the mushroom mixture on eat sheet of pasta and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan. Top with a second sheet of pasta. Drizzle with some of the browned butter. Garnish with a fried sage leaf. A dusting of more freshly ground pepper is nice, but not necessary. Serve immediately.

Blue Cheese Mushroom Blended Burger

Meaty crimini mushrooms are finely chopped in a food processor, quickly sauteed to release all the flavours, and then combined with lean ground beef to make a BIG burger that doesn’t skimp on flavour! The addition of blue cheese takes this umami burger to the top!

Recipe and photo by Brittany of My Daily Randomness.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients

1 lb. fresh crimini mushrooms, finely chopped and cooked
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1/2 tsp dehydrated minced garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dehydrated minced onion
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
Crumbled blue cheese (optional)

Method

1. In a food processor, finely chop mushrooms.
2. In a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat, cook chopped mushrooms until most of the moisture has been evaporated, approximately 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
3. In a large bowl combine cooled mushrooms, beef, breadcrumbs, egg, and spices. Using your hands mix until incorporated.
4. Form into patties, and cook either on the barbecue or on the stove-top until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Place burger patty on buns and top crumbled blue cheese, and any other toppings you desire. Serve hot!

Blended Turkey Avocado Mushroom Burger

These juicy turkey burgers are extra satisfying when blended with 50% mushrooms and topped with fresh, creamy Avocados and Swiss cheese.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Mushroom Council.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 25 mins. | Serves: 6

Ingredients

½ lb.  mushrooms, finely chopped
1 lb.  lean ground turkey
1 tsp Mexican seasoning
1/2 small onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
1 cup baby spinach
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
5 hamburger buns
Toppings: Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickles

Method

1. Place the mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.
2. In a large bowl combine mushrooms, turkey, seasoning, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs and egg; mix all ingredients until incorporated. Form into 6 patties (1/3 lb), and cook either on the barbecue or on the stove-top until internal temperature reaches 160°F.
3. Place patty on warmed bun and top with sliced avocado, spinach, tomato and red onion.
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