Pesto-Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms

"From Vegetarian Times, November/December 2005."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Heat oil in nonstick pan over medium heat.
  • Add mushroom stems, and cook 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Break sausage into small pieces, add to skillet and brown 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Transfer mixture to food processor and coarsely chop. Add breadcrumbs and pesto and pulse until just combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff mushrooms, slightly rounding tops.
  • Arrange on an ungreased baking dish.
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the dish, tightly cover with foil, and bake 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes more until browned.

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  1. These were a huge hit! I didn't have pesto sauce on hand, so I just threw some fresh basil, salt, and a little less than 1/2 c olive oil into to mix. I'll definitely be experimenting with these--I think some roasted red pepper or even rehydrated hot chili peppers would give these a fun kick. Thanks!


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