Baked mushrooms with ricotta & pesto

Baked mushrooms with ricotta & pesto

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Ready in 35-45 minutes

Easy

Serves 4 as a starter
The rich basil sauce helps balance the tangy ricotta and earthy mushroom flavours of this easy vegetarian starter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal400
  • fat34g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 16 medium chestnut mushrooms
  • 250g tub ricotta
    Ricotta

    Ricotta

    ree-cot-a

    Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…

  • 2 tbsp green pesto
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.

    The…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 25g freshly grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 rounded tbsp pesto and 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, preferably flatleaf, to serve
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.

    The…

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Choose an ovenproof dish big enough to take all the mushrooms in one layer and generously brush it with 1 tbsp of the oil.

  2. Trim the mushroom stalks level with their caps, if you need to, then put the mushrooms, rounded cap side down, in the dish. Mix the ricotta, pesto and garlic and spoon into the mushrooms (there’s enough to pile it up quite high). Sprinkle over the Parmesan and drizzle over the rest of the oil.

  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft all the way through and the cheese is just starting to turn golden. If this doesn’t happen, put the dish under a preheated grill for a few minutes. If the mushrooms have given off a lot of juice after baking, you can drain some of it off.

  4. To serve, blob a little pesto on top of each mushroom and scatter with the parsley. Serve hot or at room temperature.

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josiethetoaster
23rd Nov, 2016
3.8
These are tasty but I'd prefer some contrasting texture as it's all very soft - if I try this again I might go for a breadcrumb topping to give it a bit of crunch.
ruthy1972
14th Aug, 2014
Very easy starter but beautiful tasting -I put mine on a bed of rocket to serve -really nice.
vickibrodie
15th Feb, 2013
Easy and tasy recipe, as a short cut replaced the ricotta for Boursin, and it worked a treat!
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vintageabbie
28th Jan, 2013
5.05
I cooked this for two, but doubled the pesto because there's never enough pesto! To that effect also served with some pesto pasta, delicious!
cawpeanut
16th Jul, 2012
Made this as a started for friends coming over for dinner. Gorgeous! Easy to make but tastes as if you spent much longer making it! Served on a bed of watercress. Firm favourite as a starter now!
trude28
1st Jul, 2012
5.05
Made this for a dinner party of 8. Stuck to the original ingredients and it was delicious. Everyone enjoyed it. Served with ciabatta slices.
trude28
14th Jun, 2012
5.05
Made this for a dinner party - easy to do, prepared in advance and guests loved it. Will make again!
margaretforman
20th Feb, 2012
5.05
An excellent starter - always a winner
artfulglv19
24th Jan, 2012
5.05
This is an EPIC starter and always gets amazing compliments! Make sure to chuck in the stalks in the baking tray as well as they are awesome to eat covered in all the nice garlicy juice. Serve them on a bed of rocket or mixed leaves with some nice balsamic syrup around the plate and you have a winning starter. You will have some ricotta mix left over usually this recipe would eaisly do around 750g of mushrooms if not more.
fluffyjacq
17th Sep, 2011
Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely NOT suitable for vegetarians.

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