Here are all the best baby bella mushroom recipe to make with this tasty variety! Essentially a mini portobello, it’s also known as cremini.
Baby bella mushrooms are some of the most versatile fungi to use in your cooking. Why? Well, they’re like the common button mushroom…but tastier! Baby bella mushrooms, also known as cremini mushrooms, are small edible fungi with a round brown top and a robust savory flavor. They’re actually the same variety as white button mushrooms, but a stage older: so their flavor is more developed. They’re also a younger version of a portobello mushroom, the most meaty and savory mushroom of them all.
Here are all the best baby bella mushroom recipes to use this special type of mushroom! It’s one of our favorite varieties to include in recipes, and there are infinite ways to enjoy them. Try them sautéed, roasted, in soup, pasta, pizza, and more!
And now…the best baby bella mushroom recipes!
Hold on to your hats. This is the best sauteed baby bella mushrooms recipe! They’re tender, juicy, and meaty with a brightness at the finish. Fresh thyme and oregano give an herby punch. Take one bite and you’ll exclaim “Wow!” This recipe is plant based with not a lick of meat or dairy, but it has the feel of taking a satisfying bite of meat. It also takes only 10 minutes to make!
It's a toss up though: our other favorite baby bella mushrooms recipe has them baked in the oven! Yes, these roasted mushrooms can convert even mushroom haters into die-hard fans. Tender and meaty, topped with fresh herbs, you might not be able to stop eating them. (We inhale them in just a few minutes.)
These studded baby bella mushrooms have everything going on: they’re savory, meaty, and herby, with a tender exterior and a crunch in each bite. In fact, they came out even better than we expected! Even better, this recipe is incredibly easy: no need to sauté filling ingredients. Chop them up, fill, and bake!
Here’s a pretty darn perfect side dish: baby bella mushrooms and onions! This recipe is truly exceptional. The amount of savory umami flavor you get from cooking mushrooms and onions with a little butter and Worcestershire sauce…it’s out of this world. Pair it with almost anything for an outstanding meal. They’re just as good in a vegan rice bowl as with steak!
Here's another exceptional baby bella mushroom recipe: this mushroom pasta with goat cheese! It is so seriously good: it pairs savory mushrooms with bright lemon, Parmesan cheese, and garlic butter. And it’s done in less than 30 minutes. Boom! Mushroom lovers: you’re not going to know what to do with yourself.
Baby bella mushrooms are perfect in pasta...and soup! What’s better than a steaming cup of mushroom soup to warm your insides? This one delivers with flavor: the umami of the mushrooms against the creamy broth is absolute magic. It's a variation on our fan favorite wild rice soup (also with baby bellas) and it’s every bit as satisfying.
Of course...don't forget pizza as a prime baby bella mushroom recipe! This one's a white pizza, so no red sauce here! It’s covered with mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, and 'shrooms sauteed with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon. Perfection!
This baby bella mushroom recipe gives the humble quesadilla a fancy upgrade! The mushrooms are sauteed with fresh herbs, then nestled into a tortilla with gooey Brie cheese, arugula, and honey. The savory sweet combination is incredibly good. It's an elegant recipe that takes no time at all to whip up.
Here's another great soup starring baby bella mushrooms: mushroom barley soup! This one is full of flavor: it uses both dried and fresh mushrooms for earthy savoriness. And it’s got a warming broth and nutritious veggies. Whole grain barley infuses each bite with a pasta-like chewy texture. It’s perfect for desk lunches in a thermos or enjoying a big steaming bowl after a long day.
This farro with mushrooms is bursting with flavor from the savory baby bella mushrooms, garlic, and fresh thyme and oregano. Add a spritz of fresh lemon juice and some grated Parmesan cheese and well, its pretty heavenly. It's a fantastic side dish, or perfect for lunches with fresh veggies.
Last up in our baby bella mushroom recipes: grilled mushrooms! You can get big flavor with no need to marinate: just toss them with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. Throw them on skewers and grill until tender, and they’re one of the best summer side dishes: hands down.
More mushroom recipes
Want more inspiration? There are so many more great mushroom recipes, from baby bella to portobello to more unique varieties. Here are some of our favorites:
- Vegan Walnut Taco Meat Make vegan taco meat with…walnuts and baby bella mushrooms!
- Broccolini Salad Try baby bellas raw in this tasty salad.
- Vegan Biscuits and Gravy Go savory with biscuits and mushroom gravy.
- Stuffed Portobellos, Portobello Mushroom Burger or Grilled Portobello Mushrooms These massive and meaty mushrooms are mighty delicious.
- Oyster Mushrooms, King Oyster Mushrooms, Lion’s Mane Mushrooms or Enoki Mushrooms All worth finding at your local grocery!
Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms (& More Recipes!)
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 7 minutes
- Total Time: 9 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
Attention, mushroom lovers: here’s THE perfect sautéed baby bella mushrooms recipe! It brings out the best savory flavor with lemon and fresh herbs.
- 16 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh thyme and oregano*
- 3 tablespoons olive oil**
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Clean the mushrooms, then slice them. Chop the fresh thyme and oregano.
- In a saute pan or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often (the mushrooms will start to release their liquid at this point).
- Add the herbs and kosher salt and pepper and cook another 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is cooked out and the mushrooms are tender. (Taste to assess doneness.)
- Turn off the heat and add lemon juice and stir. Taste and add another pinch salt as necessary.
*We highly recommend using fresh herbs here for the best flavor!
**Step it up and add a richness with butter if you’d like!
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Sauteed
- Cuisine: Mushrooms
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Baby bella mushroom recipes
We love Baby Bella mushrooms and I buy a tub every week at the grocery. My problem is that I always saute them with shallots and red bell pepper and just vary whatever we put the delicios mixture over. Today my wife of 61 years told me, “I’m getting tired of that recipe.” I told her, that I’d look around for new recipes. I browsed my many cookbooks but failed to turn up much. Then I tried the internet and discovered you! Thanks for 10 new recipes. Problem
Thank you! Hope you enjoy.
Your recipe is simple and I’m sure the outcome will be delicious with some additions