Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – A Meal for One!

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – A Meal for One!

You will never guess what I did this weekend! Mr. Bunkycooks and I went to hang out in the woods and the mountains of North Carolina!

Now I know that you are wondering why on Earth I would choose to do such a thing after just having been to Camp Blogaway last weekend with my big camping experience in the San Bernadino mountains in California. As if I didn’t have enough of the altitude sickness, thin air and the wild animals (well, they weren’t really that wild…).

Anyway, this weekend we were only at 4,200 feet (not 7,000 as we were in California), so I did just fine with the altitude issue. That 2,800 feet in altitude change makes a huge difference in how you feel. And yes, there are bears and such in North Carolina, but I didn’t see any (although sometimes they do come around to the back deck, especially when I am cooking). Frankly, this weekend was to relax, visit with friends and catch up on all the Foodbuzz emails things I fell behind on while I was out in California. It was nice to take it easy and just kind of hang out. We all need some down time.

I actually had quite a bit of free time on Saturday because I was a golf widow alone most of the day. Now, other than spending way too much time on my computer, I am not a real relaxed kind of gal. In other words, I cannot sit still! They used to call that “ants in the pants” when I was a kid and now they call it ADD and treat it with Ritalin or Addrerall, but I am way beyond that. Wine works just as well!

So, what does a hyperactive food blogger do when they cannot sit still? They cook and take pictures! Yes, I took pictures of food (of course), but I also wandered outside to enjoy the day and take a few photos. It was such a beautious day…the great outdoors was beckoning me and I just had to go outside and take advantage of it.

I am just not sure what to say about this!

When I finished playing outside, I was ravenous just a wee bit hungry, so I took the infamous peek into the fridge to see what was for lunch! Nothing was exciting to me except for the portobello mushrooms. Surely I could do something with them. (If not, then I am in serious trouble!) I also had some beautiful green onions and a red pepper from the farmer’s market, so I thought I would use them, too.

I grabbed a handful of some of my herbs that I planted in the hillside and in some pots a few years ago. They return year after year with no effort (that’s my kind of plant!)! After some futzing with a few different ingredients, I had a delicious lunch just for me! You can easily double or quadruple this recipe if you need to, but heh, I was all alone, so the recipe is for one! It also would be incredible with some sauteed sausage, cooked ground pork or well-seasoned ground turkey thrown in with the rest of the filling if you want a heartier meal. This would be perfect served with a lovely salad for an easy summer dinner. If you love to grill, you could also cook much of this outdoors.

I suggest that you serve this stuffed portobello mushroom with a nice glass of Pinot Noir. I was going out that evening and thought about having a glass of wine with lunch, but decided not to imbibe. However, it sure sounded like a great combination, so I will do that next time!

You can make this with almost any combination of veggies you have in the fridge (as I did – I was scrounging). Of course, this particular mix of veggies, herbs and cheese was especially tasty. The flavors were incredible together. It was very fresh tasting and needed no seasoning beyond what I added to the cooking process.

And if you happen to have picky eaters for guests (as I had recently, remember my post for the eggplant lasagna?), this dish as it is is vegetarian and can be gluten-free (just leave out the bread and add more veggies).

It is nice to have a day to chill and do something simple…even if it is in the woods (and we all know how much I love being in the woods!).

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Serves 1


1 portobello mushroom cap
1 teaspoon good extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for oiling pan and baking dish
1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
1 large green onion, white and light green parts, chopped
1/4 large clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 slice whole wheat bread, crusts removed, torn into small pieces
1/4 cup jarred pasta sauce (I used a nice Tomato Basil sauce)
1/3 cup Six Cheese Italian blend, grated (Sargento)
Pinch Herbes de Provence


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wipe mushroom clean with a dry paper towel. Carefully scrape out black part underneath mushroom cap to reveal the off-white skin below. Lightly oil a small skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Place top part of mushroom down first and cook three to five minutes until slightly brown and mushroom begins to “sweat”. Turn over and cook for just another minute or two to soften slightly. Remove and set aside.

To make stuffing mixture – In another small skillet, over medium heat, place 1 teaspoon olive oil and saute red pepper and green onion for two to three minutes, just until vegetables begin to soften. Add mined garlic, thyme and oregano. Stir and cook about thirty seconds. Add torn bread pieces. Stir and mix together for an additional thirty to forty-five seconds. You just want to mix the flavors together and warm everything up a bit. Season lightly with a little salt and pepper, stir again.

Place the stuffing mixture in the portobello cap and place in a small lightly oiled baking dish. Cover with pasta sauce and grated cheese. Sprinkle with just a pinch of Herbes de Provence.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake ten minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking for two to three minutes. I finished mine under the broiler for about another minute, just to slightly brown the top.

38 Responses to “Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – A Meal for One!”

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    Cristina @TeenieCakes — May 24, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    I enjoy your writing and how you cross out words or phrases to sub others! It’s essential to have those types of restful weekends (and for hubby to play golf so you can! =) ). What an amazing gift from nature, that red bell pepper! Great image capture.

    Mmm. All that cheese and then it’s carmelized on top…I can almost taste it! Sounds delicious as a meal or appetizer(s).

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 24th, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Cristina! It was a nice weekend in the mountains. We also had a great time meeting everyone in CA the previous weekend. I hav eto admit that the one in NC was a bit more relaxing….

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    chef Dennis — May 24, 2010 @ 10:16 am

    Such beautiful images Gwen….wow….and what a perfect recipe for stuffed portobello’s!!
    thanks so much for sharing your recipe and adventure!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 24th, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

      Thank you Chef!

      I need to see what you are doing this summer while school is out…maybe you can come to the ATL and cook with us!


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    Lazaro — May 24, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    The cheese is cooked to perfection. Wonderful dish & post. Can never go wrong with a pinch of HDP.


    • bunkycooks replied: — May 24th, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

      Hi Lazaro,

      I agree on the HDP! I would have added more, but was afraid to confuse the photos! It really adds a nice, subtle flavor with just pinch!


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    The Cilantropist — May 24, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    Oh wow, that golden melted cheese on top looks scrumptious. I can hear it calling my name right now…

    Love your photos, it is always so pleasant to get out and enjoy nature, one of my favorite things to do (aside from cooking of course). 😉

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 24th, 2010 @ 11:05 pm

      Cooking, taking pictures and getting outside to enjoy the day…these things are special.

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    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — May 24, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    This looks DELICIOUS!

    And have I told you that “futzing” is my favorite word? I say it all the time. :)

    Looks like you spent your day doing what I wished I could do this weekend – forage around the house for inspiration; then put something together. It’s looks fantastic!

    As for the pepper-inside-the-pepper, I see those little retards all the time! Just wait till you find green sprouts growin’ on the inside of your tomato.


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    Maria — May 24, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    One of my all time favorite meals. Love your version!

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    Devaki — May 24, 2010 @ 5:09 pm

    Dear Gwen – I love posts like these that are laid back and full of seasonal goodness. I am so glad you had a chance to put your feet up in NC.

    Your dish is yummy!

    No bear stories to share? :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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    azelia — May 24, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    Isn’t if great when hunger makes you so creative?

    Mushroom & Cheese can’t be wrong…good post!

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    pegasuslegend — May 24, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    these are awesome love stuffed mushrooms but portobello is a huge treat! ……love these~

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    Magic of Spice — May 24, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    Looks delicious, and I love your photos:)

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    penny aka jeroxie — May 24, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    Beautiful scenery and then a beautiful meal. Wish I could do the same here :)

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    Cleo Coyle — May 24, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    This one had my mouth watering before I even started scrolling down. (And you totally cracked me up with the “ants in the pants” joke – this coming from someone similarly programmed :) As for the delightful recipe — I especially love the fresh herbs (and photos of same). Raising a virtual glass of pinot noir to your beautiful portobello in the wildwood.

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    sweetlife — May 24, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    great recipe, I love stuffed mushrooms, and the cheese just takes it over the top..

    hey we all need time to unwind and just chill..i have about 2million foodbuzz emails, wow


    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

      We all need to just hit “delete” some days. That is what I finally did!

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    sippitysup — May 25, 2010 @ 1:21 am

    I think the braces were a hint. Are we the same person? GREG

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

      Hi Greg,

      I left you a msg. on your site. DO you have pink bands now? I signed up for this insanity after the trip to CA. That will really tell! 😉

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    redkathy — May 25, 2010 @ 1:48 am

    Oh hey this looks scrumptious! This is so for me. I’m a big shroom fan and a even bigger cheese fan.

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

      Thanks, Kathy!

      This was so much better than what I just had our for dinner tonight. I think I will just stay home and cook stuffed mushrooms for a week or more! 😉

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    Patty Price — May 25, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    Your mushrooms look incredible and I love reading about your weekend and seeing all your beautiful photos, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

      Hi Patty,

      Thanks! Can’ t wait to see what you are up to….

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    DessertForTwo — May 25, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    I make a similar recipe when my man is out of town (especially since he hates mushrooms). I stuff my portobello with ground turkey mixed with rosemary and parsley and then top it with Fontina cheese. It’s nice when a world with mushrooms returns :)

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

      I know adding cooked turkey is really good. My hubby prefers the sausage thing (he is Italian, after all…), but turkey is better for you. Your preparation sounds great! :)

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    Katie @ Cozydelicious — May 25, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    This looks so yummy! I am such a potobello fan and am always looking for new ways to use them. But my husband hates mushrooms of all kinds, so this meal for one is perfect for when it’s just me!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

      Hi Katie,

      Cook this for yourself and maybe the hubby will decide he likes it, too. That has happened with me. We are eating far more meat than we used to.


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    Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! — May 25, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    Golf widow, eh? You should learn to play! Nice that you can escape to your mountain retreat – we’re off to Montana in a few weeks and I can’t wait! The stuffed mushroom sounds divine.

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

      Hi Denise,

      I can hit the ball, but it cranks up all those middle-aged ailments (reason I won the private room). 😉 Ready to do lots more fun things, like attend your Concert In The Park Series! Have fun in Montana!!!

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    Jenn @ Defunkt Gourmet — May 25, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

    Hi Gwen,
    have been meaning to read/write. Have been taking a break from being online so much.
    Hahahaha.. hope you had fun in North Carolina 😉 Also, the mushrooms look super-fantastique. Gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to pick some up for ages and this may be the push to do so.

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

      Hi there,

      Go get those mushrooms! These are really good!

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    Joanne — May 26, 2010 @ 12:21 am

    This portobello is totally speaking to my desire to eat something topped with lots of melted cheese. Awesome.

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Joanne. I wish I had prepared one of these for dinner tonight!

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    5 Star Foodie — May 26, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    That stuffed portobello looks so good! Beautiful forest picture forest NC!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

      Thank you Natasha!

      There are all sorts of great photo ops in the mountains!


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    Kristen Doyle — May 26, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

    You photos are beautiful! And this stuffed portobello looks amazing- A must try!

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    Juliane — April 4, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    so yummy, healthy and simple!

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