Are you a mushroom lover? Here are the most delicious mushroom recipes to liven up your table, from pasta to pizza to portobello burgers.
Are you a mushroom lover? Mushrooms bring incredible flavor to any dish: they’re filled with umami, the fifth flavor that’s meaty and savory. Actually a fungus, not a vegetable, mushrooms may help with heart health and disease prevention. But the best reason to eat them: they’re darn delicious. Take it from me, a previous mushroom hater: once I opened my mind to the juicy portobello: I never went back.
Here’s a list of the most delicious mushroom recipes! There’s our fan favorite mushroom pasta, featuring tender mushrooms with fresh herbs and creamy goat cheese. Or try our mushroom barley soup, which features both dried and fresh mushrooms and chewy barley in a savory broth. And our portobello burgers…well, let’s just get to the recipes! (PS see below for an overview on mushroom types.)
Hold on to your hats. This recipe truly makes the best sauteed mushrooms. 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!" (Yep, we promise. We did.) 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.
First up in our best ever mushroom recipes: mushroom pasta with goat cheese! This might actually convert mushroom haters to a new way of life! It's become a fan favorite recipe because of the big flavor that's possible in under 30 minutes. Imagine: creamy goat cheese, savory mushrooms, fresh thyme and oregano and a bright squeeze of lemon. An absolute showstopper!
Here's another fantastic mushroom recipe: throw them on a pizza! And this one is incredible. It's a white pizza, so no red sauce here. It’s covered with mozzarella cheese and goat cheese, then topped with tender mushrooms sauteed with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon. It makes for one seriously savory, hearty pizza. Another option? Try this Truffle Pizza.
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. Roasted mushrooms are easy to make: the longest part of cooking them is simply waiting for the oven to preheat! They come out just as good as sauteed mushrooms, but the process is totally hands off.
Oh, hello. Meet: your perfect portobello mushroom burger. This giant meaty mushroom is irresistible on is own. But add it to a burger bun and pile it high with toppings and special sauce, and it’s downright outrageous! So you can make it in any season, cook it using either two methods: grilled or roasted.
Here's another great way to use mushrooms: in soup! This mushroom barley soup recipe uses both dried and fresh mushrooms for earthy savoriness. 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 healthy desk lunches in a thermos or enjoying a big steaming bowl after a long day.
Here's a tasty way to make a mushrooms into a side dish recipe: farro with mushrooms! It's bursting with flavor from the savory mushrooms, garlic, and fresh thyme and oregano. Add a spritz of fresh lemon juice and some grated Parmesan cheese and it's pretty heavenly.
Shallot, butter, Parmesan and white wine create some kind of magic in this creamy mushroom risotto recipe! Mushrooms are perfect in risotto because they've got big savory flavor and a contrasting texture. Here it's nice to use a mix of mushrooms: we used oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
This 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.
The savory, meaty flavor of mushrooms is made even more perfect by one thing: grilling them! Of all of the grilled vegetables, these fungi might be the very best. You can get big flavor from grilled mushrooms with no marinading time: 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.
Did you know you can make plant based bacon out of mushrooms? This mushroom bacon recipe makes magic with shiitake mushrooms. Saute them in neutral oil, then add soy sauce, smoked paprika, and flaky sea salt. The small "bacon" slivers are perfect for sprinkling on potato soup, adding to pizza, or throwing into a Cobb salad.
Mushrooms are great in a plant-based gravy recipe! This one is creamy and thick, full of savory mushrooms. It’s got just the right bite from a good dose of black pepper. And it's so good you’ll want to pour it on just about everything! Use it on our tasty Vegan Biscuits and Gravy or mashed potatoes. Or even try it on fries as a version of pourtine!
If you're looking for the best way to eat mushrooms: a portobello mushroom burger is close to it! Portobello mushrooms are thick and full of savory flavor when grilled. This one is doused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and grilled until tender. Then it's served Mediterranean style: on a ciabatta roll with melted provalone cheese and a layer of basil pesto. Also try: Greek Grilled Portobello Burger
Another great mushroom recipe: mushrooms in salad! This portobello mushroom salad contrasts savory roasted portobello strips with crisp greens and a tangy vinaigrette dressing. The icing on the cake? Shavings of manchego cheese put it over the top. This salad is elegant and great for entertaining.
Another great way to eat mushrooms: in bruschetta! This one is spread with creamy goat cheese, and topped with mushrooms that are so intensely flavorful, you’ll be hooked right away! The mushrooms are sauteed with some fresh herbs, and then spritzed with lemon juice. Served atop a crunchy toast, the contrasts of flavors and textures is top notch.
Last up on our list of mushroom recipes: lasagna! This vegan lasagna is intensely flavorful: incredibly tasty without cheese. The secrets? Hummus brings a savory creamy layer, and crushed cashews make a "Parmesan" topping. The filling? Savory sauteed mushrooms mixed with cashews make for a meaty texture, along with sauteed spinach. Covered tangy marinara sauce, it's one of our fan favorite recipes.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.