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Kale-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Kale Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms on a Baking Sheet

Kale-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

You know how sometimes you meet someone and if feels as if you’ve known that person for years? During my first weekend of blogging, I struck up a conversation about vegetarian cooking with Valerie from Eclecticisms and we’ve been emailing back and forth since then.

We decided to do a veggie cooking challenge–this month’s theme was casseroles. Mmm, casseroles. Growing up in the Midwest, casseroles are an inescapable part of life. And just so you know, no casserole is complete without a can of soup and copious amounts of cheese.

So anyway! I chose a casserole recipe for Val to remake and she chose a recipe for me to makeover–Chicken Florentine Casserole.

As you can see from the original recipe, it’s pretty fattening. Oh, and then there’s the chicken and the canned soup and cheese that’s de rigueur for most casseroles.  Making this recipe vegetarian and lighter really was a challenge.

Because I’m not much of a spinach fan, I decided to use kale instead. We can all agree that kale is way better than spinach, right? It’s not slimy! And it’s delicious!

Clearly chicken wasn’t going to work in this recipe either, so I used portobello mushrooms instead. Then, in place of the cream of mushroom soup, I added milk and flour–that way, the end result is lighter and it has far less sodium.

In the end, I guess these Kale-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms really don’t resemble the original Chicken Florentine Casserole in any way, shape, or form. But that’s okay, because they’re tasty, healthy, and filling too.

Kale-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms on Baking Sheet

Kale-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These Kale-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms are a lighter, healthier remake of Chicken Florentine.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • cooking spray or olive oil mister
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 large shallot thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bunch kale about 8 ounces
  • 1/3 c. white wine
  • 2/3 c. low-fat milk
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 c. Italian blend or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c. panko


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray tops of mushrooms with olive oil. Place bottom side up on a large rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic; sauté until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add kale and wine, increase heat to high.
  • Once wine has cooked off (about 3 minutes), add milk and flour. Return heat to medium and cook until sauce has thickened, 3-4 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  • Divide kale mixture into mushrooms. Top each with 1/4 cup of cheese. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Combine panko and 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a small bowl while mushrooms are baking. Top each mushroom with 1 tablespoon of panko mixture and return to oven for another 5-8 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender and panko is golden brown.


Serving: 1mushroom
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  • Reply
    January 17, 2011 at 4:47 am

    "And just so you know, no casserole is complete without a can of soup and copious amounts of cheese."

    I whole heartedly agree!

    This looks absolutely delicious, and I LOVE the substitutions and tweaks you made! Whenever I make green bean casserole I ALWAYS add mushrooms, but sautee them first. It gives such an amazing flavor.

    I'm embarassed to say that I've never tried quorn but need to. I think I've hooked myself on Whole Foods, and I'll bet they have it. (An excuse to shop for organic goodies? I'll take it!)

    And smoked sea salt? Yum! The only downside I can imagine is I would probably be salting everything, from potatoes to cereal. 🙂

    Can't wait for our next challenge!

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    jaime @ sweet road
    July 14, 2012 at 6:06 am

    What a great idea! I never thought to stuff mushrooms with kale! Usually recipes use some sort of cheese/breadcrumb/mushroom stuffing, but this sounds so delicious, more diverse, and healthier!

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      July 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

      I’m a wee bit obsessed with kale, so I am constantly looking for different things to do with it. 🙂 I will use it with anything!

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    Pam @Mommacan
    October 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I am trying so hard to love kale, but I just like collard greens better. I will make the switch. lol

    Happy Cooking!


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      October 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Well, you could stuff them with collard greens instead! 🙂

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    February 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

    i haven’t had a chance to make this yet but your recipe looks divine! I bought portabellas this week just to make this. I’ve included you in a round up of the 25 tastiest kale recipes I could find on the interwebs. It lives here:

    Thanks again for the great recipe!

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      February 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Thanks for including me in your round-up! 🙂

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    March 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Looks yummy! The recipe calls for white wine, is that like, actual white wine? Or the white wine rice vinegar?

    I’m adding these to my menu plan for this week! Going to give ’em a try!

    • Reply
      March 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Actual white wine. You can use cooking wine or just regular white wine–not vinegar, though. 🙂

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        March 4, 2013 at 4:37 pm


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    March 17, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I made this the other day and it was absolutely delicious. Definitely bookmarking this

    • Reply
      March 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      I’m glad it turned out well! 🙂

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    May 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I made these the other day, and I blogged about it… here is my link

    Please let me know if you want me to take it down. I give you all the credit, and I think that this recipe is absolutely amazing and should be shared with the world. Angie

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    November 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Just curious how this might leftover! I’d be making this just for myself and wonder if it’d still taste as well the next day or two.

    • Reply
      November 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I’ve had it as leftovers and it’s fine. Of course, it’s never as good the second day, but it’s still decent! 🙂

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    May 6, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I made these tonight, and they were a huge hit! My husband, who has an aversion to anything healthy, loved them. Even my two year old gobbled it up.

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    August 2, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I was wondering if the recipe can be made a day ahead and cooked before serving? Thanks!

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      Kiersten Frase
      August 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      I’ve never tried it, but I think it would be fine, although it would probably be best served right away.

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    Drema Deoraich
    October 18, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    We want to make these vegan, but are newbie vegans and haven’t learned all the tricks yet. Would any non-dairy milk substitute well in this recipe? I imagine Daiya shreds would work as well for the cheese … thoughts?

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      October 20, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      I haven’t made this vegan so I can’t say for sure, but I think that would work.

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