Portobello Pizzas


Oh my goodness, these are amazing! I'm not just saying that from an adult culinary point of view either. I made these for 8 kids, age 20 months to 5 years old and even the 5 year old who supposedly hates everything gobbled them up. The best part is that the "crust" is a vegetable (not more bread), but they look just like pizzas.
The big bonus is that they took me no time to prepare and I had barely any clean up. I was kind of scared the kids would say "wait, this isn't REAL pizza," but not a word. Happy kids make happy mommies. What could be better?


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Portobello Pizzas (4 Big Kid Servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1 15 Oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 Tsp Thyme, Basil and Oregano
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 4 Portobello Mushrooms, stems removed (wiggle the stem back and forth gently to remove)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup mozzarella cheese, shredded


1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Place the first 4 ingredients in a bowl to combine.

3. Line a cookie sheet with foil and brush lightly with olive oil.

4. Place the mushrooms stem side down on the cookie sheet, brush the tops with olive oil and bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how big your mushroom is. Discard any excess liquid that is on the cookie sheet.
5. Turn over the mushrooms stem side up, cover with 2-3 tablespoons of tomato sauce and 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese.
6. Bake the mushrooms for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

7. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Kim

    First off, thanks again for speaking with the Silver Lake MOMS Club. It was great having you there.

    Most importantly, I wanted to share a little story with you.

    Today, my 13-month old could not wait the 10 minutes for our oven to heat and 10 minutes for the Portobello pizzas to cook, so I offered him a left-over appetizer.
    \"Would you like some fish pie?\" A wave of his arm says, \"no.\"
    \"Would you like some veggie \"fried\" rice?\" Another arm-wave.
    \"How about Shepherd's Pie?\" After looking carefully through the glass container, eyes go wide, a smile arrives, and clapping ensues. That's the ticket! (Despite having happily eaten all 3 of these dishes earlier in the week.)

    As he happily eats his pie, the pizzas are done. I start to eat. He asks for a bite, and the rest of his lunch is portobello pizza interspersed with shepherd's pie.

    Thank you so very very much for getting my kid to eat a gigantic portobello mushroom and countless others veggies.

    Kim & Bruno

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  • Jenni

    My 16 month old love these so much that he practically inhales them. Thank you so much for another great recipe!

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  • Tyler

    sounds good will have to make it some day.. mushrooms are fugi not vegitables just saying :|

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