Pizza Quinoa Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Portabella Mushrooms comes great as a pizza topping! This recipe from Food Doodles' Pizza Quinoa Casserole, is one of the intriguing dishes that should be tried.

4 extra-large portabella mushrooms, stems and gills removed
Oil mister or olive oil cooking spray
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 c. uncooked quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp. minced fresh basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. onion powder
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Spray both sides of mushrooms and place them bottom down on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. While the mushrooms are baking, cook the quinoa according to package directions. Once it's finished cooking, stir in the tomato sauce, garlic, basil, oregano, onion powder, and pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. After 10 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the mushrooms over. If they fill up with liquid (sometimes they do), drain it off or blot them dry with paper towels.
  5. Divide the quinoa mixture into the mushrooms, then top each one with cheese. Return the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 10 minutes more. You can serve the mushrooms after this or turn on the broiler and broil them until the cheese is browned--about 3-5 minutes (just keep an eye on them so they don't burn!).
Posted by Diane Araga, on August 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM