Baked mushrooms with ricotta cheese and pesto

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Baked mushrooms with ricotta cheese and pesto
This mushroom starter is delicious and very easy to make. The pesto gives it extra richness.

5 tbsp olive oil

16 medium chestnut mushrooms

250g ricotta cheese

2 tbsp green pesto

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

25g freshly grated parmesan

1 tbsp green pesto

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, preferably flat leaf, to serve

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas mark 6.

Choose an ovenproof dish big enough to take all the mushrooms in one layer (in this case we used a heavy skillet) and generously brush it with 1 tablespoon of the oil.

Trim the mushroom stalks level with their caps then put the mushrooms, rounded cap side down, in the dish.

Mix the ricotta, pesto and garlic in a bowl then spoon onto the mushrooms (there’s enough to pile it up quite high).

Sprinkle over the Parmesan and drizzle over the rest of the oil.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft all the way through and the cheese is just starting to turn golden.

If the mushrooms have given off a lot of juice after cooking, you can drain some of it off.

To serve, spoon a little pesto on top of the mushrooms and scatter with the parsley.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Serves
4

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
25 minutes

Main ingredients
Cheese, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Entertaining, Vegetarian

Special Info
Vegetarian

Level of Difficulty
Easy

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