These Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms make for a really simple, fun, and kid-friendly vegetarian dinner idea. Fresh portobello mushrooms are stuffed with a protein-packed, pizza-inspired filling!
A Mushroom by Any Other Name
…is it weird that everyone else seems to say portobello mushroom and I say portabella? (According to Wikipedia, it is acceptable to call them portabella mushrooms. Acceptable but unpopular.)
There are too many o's in portobello and it just doesn't roll off the tongue like portabella does.
Also, I'm the boss of me; I do what I want. (Someday I'm going to get a tattoo that says that. If only all those words would fit on my knuckles.)
Back to the Stuffed Mushrooms
On topic! Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms. The pictures don't do these justice, but trust me, they are delicious.
I've been enamored with Food Doodles' Pizza Quinoa Casserole recipe for a while now. Usually I throw some veggies into it, but then I got the idea to stuff the pizza quinoa into veggies.
I was going to do zucchini, but since I already posted Taco-Stuffed Zucchini this summer, I went with portabella mushrooms instead.
Taco zucchini! Pizza mushrooms! What other crazy fast food types of things can I stuff into vegetables? (Falafel Eggplant might be delicious, but please stop me when I post Cinnabon-Stuffed Butternut Squash.)
Anyway, on to the recipe...
- 4 extra-large portabella mushrooms stems and gills removed
- oil mister or olive oil cooking spray
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¾ cup uncooked quinoa rinsed thoroughly
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp minced fresh basil
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp onion powder
- pinch of red pepper flakes optional
- ¾ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Spray both sides of mushrooms and place them bottom down on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes.
- While the mushrooms are baking, cook the quinoa according to package directions. Once it's finished cooking, stir in the tomato sauce, garlic, basil, oregano, onion powder, and pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the mushrooms over. If they fill up with liquid (sometimes they do), drain it off or blot them dry with paper towels.
- Divide the quinoa mixture into the mushrooms, then top each one with cheese. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 10 minutes more. You can serve the mushrooms after this or turn on the broiler and broil them until the cheese is browned—about 3–5 minutes (just keep an eye on them so they don't burn!).
This post was originally published on 5 August 2013.