pesto-rice stuffed portobellos with marinara

July 22, 2013 at 7:00 am



With an abundance of basil arriving in my weekly produce box I’ve been making a ton of pesto and topping every dish with a little basil and even working some into my morning green smoothies.

I use the pesto on things like gluten-free pasta, in dairy-free cheese sandwiches, and now stuffed into rice. Since I also received some gorgeous portobello mushrooms this week, I decided instead of using them to make burgers, to use them as a base for something bigger and much prettier.

Since I’m a big fan of weekly batch cooking, I had many of the ingredients prepared in advance. Grilled portobellos seasoned with steak spice, basmati rice cooked in DIY veggie stock.


  • 2-4 whole portobello mushooms, 1 per person, seasoned with steak spice and grilled
  • 1/2 cup cooked basmati rice per person
  • pistachio and garlic scape pesto
  • your favorite marinara sauce (I used portobello mushrooms, fresh basil, fresh parsley, fresh and sundried tomatoes in this batch)


  1. pre-heat oven to 350 F, assemble portobello mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  2. mix rice with about 2 tbsp. pesto per serving of rice and stuff into portobello mushrooms
  3. top with your favorite tomato marinara sauce and bake until warmed through. If you want it a little crispy, broil on hi for about 5 minutes
  4. top with more fresh basil and additional marinara sauce if it dried out at all while baking


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