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Baked mushrooms stuffed with ricotta (Funghi al forno ripieni di ricotta)
With a golden Parmesan topping
“These creamy stuffed mushrooms are a total classic – spread the love or keep them all to yourself! ”
1 fresh red chilli , deseeded and finely chopped, to taste
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh oregano or marjoram leaves , finely chopped
1 small handful Parmesan cheese , freshly grated, plus extra for sprinkling
4 handfuls mushrooms , brushed clean
extra virgin olive oil
1 handful rocket or soft leafy herbs
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This is an incredible version of the old classic we've all tried at some point. You can use one type of mushroom or a mixture, but you will need ones which have a good cap to hold the ricotta filling. Small Portobello or field mushrooms will work well. You can serve this as a starter or as little antipasti munchies.
Preheat your oven to 220ºC/425ºF/gas 7. Put your ricotta into a bowl with the lemon zest, chilli and a little salt and pepper. Beat together with a wooden spoon, then fold in your chopped oregano and the Parmesan.
Carefully remove the stalks from your mushrooms and discard them (or keep them for making a pasta sauce), then toss the mushroom caps in a little oil, salt and pepper. Lay them upside down on a baking tray so that they can be filled with small amounts of your fantastic ricotta mixture.
Carefully spoon in the filling, sprinkle a little Parmesan over the top and bake in the preheated oven till golden – about 15 minutes. Great served on a big plate, sprinkled with some dressed rocket leaves or soft leafy herbs.