Easy Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

March 20, 2012 by Ali


Was needing a quick and easy appetizer the other day, and (as often seems to be the case) was craving pesto. So decided to just make a batch of easy pesto stuffed mushrooms! It is hardly a recipe to post — just mushrooms, your favorite pesto, and you can top them with a variety of little garnishes. But they were so cute and delicious that I thought they were worth sharing.

I’m counting down the days until I can start growing basil plants again. Summer is almost here!!!

Easy Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 lb. cremini or button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite pesto, either homemade or storebought
  • optional garnishes: shaved Parmesan or other cheeses, toasted pine nuts, and/or Panko breadcrumbs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees, or preheat a smoker.

Carefully remove and discard the stems of the mushrooms, then clean to remove any dirt with a damp cloth. Fill mushroom cavity with pesto (approx. 1 tsp.). Top with a pinch of Panko if desired. Bake or smoke for about 15 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked and the filling is warm. Garnish with cheese and/or toasted pine nuts.

Ali’s Tip:

These would also be delicious with some crumbled cooked Italian sausage or crabmeat mixed in with the pesto.

filed in Appetizers

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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13 thoughts on “Easy Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

  1. How many does this feed?

    - Laura

  2. Okay wow these look insanely good! Love the crabmeat suggestion. Pesto + mushrooms are so good together!

    - Carla

  3. Oh my this looks crazy good. Creative twist on a classic recipe. Nice.

    - Honeywhatscooking

  4. What a great appetizer

    - The Food Hunter

  5. adorable! and about as easy as it gets!!

    i’m with you–so ready for fresh herbs in my backyard again!

    - natalie (the sweets life)

  6. YES! Pesto is the besto!! :) I love pesto stuffed mushrooms! Easy entertaining {or just a delicious snack for the fam!}

    - Cookin' Cowgirl

  7. Love these, Ali! Perfect appetizer, or weeknight snack!

    - Cassie

  8. Ohhhhhh yes!

    - Bev Weidner

  9. Such a great idea!

    - Blog is the New Black

  10. I love stuffed mushrooms and I love pesto! These look so yummy

    - Mal @ The Chic Geek