Basil and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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Everybody loves stuffed mushrooms! And these basil and cheese stuffed mushrooms are divine. They are simple to make and make a great dinner party appetizer.

Close up on basil and ricotta stuffed mushrooms, on a tray plate with a side salad.

The mushrooms are stuffed with a mixture of ricotta, pesto and parmesan. This makes a delicious rich filling that stays inside the mushroom as it bakes! There is nothing worse than a cheese stuffed mushroom where all the cheese has leaked out of the mushrooms….you end up with less cheese stuffed mushroom and more empty mushroom sitting on burnt filling = BAD!

The ricotta really is the star here, as well as keeping everything inside the mushrooms it keeps the filling juicy, so after their 20 minute stint in the oven the filling is still juicy and creamy. Then the addition of parmesan perks everything up and really boosts the cheese flavour here.

A grey plate with dressed salad and 3 basil and cheese stuffed mushrooms. Wine in backdrop and a second plate of cheese stuffed mushrooms.How delicious do these basil and cheese stuffed mushrooms look?

I know there is a saying “Life is too short to stuff a mushroom” but I disagree. Life is too short to diet! But it is never too short to enjoy good food!!!! I think the same person who came up with that came up with “real men don’t eat quiche” PAH! Serve mini quiche at your next gathering and see how quickly they disappear. Everyone loves them! So yes, ignore the phrase and stuff your mushrooms.

These cheese stuffed mushrooms are such a great vegetarian appetizer, but served up on a large platter they make a great canapé too.

These Vegetarian stuffed Mushrooms are simple to make and perfect for easy entertaining.
For other easy appetisers check out these recipes.

Table setting with 3 Basil and cheese stuffed mushrooms served as a vegetarian appetizer with a small side salad.

I like to serve 3 stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer so the recipe below will serve 4. But it is super simple to multiply up the recipe, but if you double the recipe only add an extra tablespoon of oil. There will still be plenty to help the mushrooms cook and you don’t want to swamp them.

I love homemade ricotta and you can get my recipe here (it is a great way to use milk has been reduced at the grocery store!) but homemade ricotta does tend to be a little drier than store bought. If your ricotta is dry add a tablespoon of heavy cream to the stuffing mixture.

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4.67 from 6 votes

Basil and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Everybody loves stuffed mushrooms! And these basil and cheese stuffed mushrooms are divine. They are simple to make and make a great dinner party appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 194 kcal


  • 1/3 cup ricotta (See notes)
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 12 mushrooms
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh basil for garnish


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC/390ºF.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper/parchment.
  3. Mix the ricotta and pesto together in a small bowl.
  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the grated parmesan and mix the remaining parmesan into the ricotta mixture,
  5. Stir well together, if the mixture looks dry (see notes) then add in the heavy cream.
  6. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and place them rounded side down, on your lined tray.
  7. Lightly season the inside of the mushrooms with salt and pepper.
  8. Spoon the ricotta mixture into the mushrooms, sprinkle over the reserved parmesan and drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese is just starting to turn golden.
  10. Add a sprig of basil to each mushroom and serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Some ricotta is much drier. If your mixture is very dry add a tablespoon of heavy cream to the mixture to give you a spoonable consistency.


Nutritional information is based on 3 mushrooms per serving:


Nutrition Facts
Basil and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 13%
Iron 2.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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    • Emilu
    • February 27, 2018

    These look so addictive, one of things I wouldn’t be able to stop eating until you removed the plate haha!

    1. Reply

      haha!!! Yes, I sometimes have to make extra as one just falls into my mouth somehow 😉

    • Marie
    • February 27, 2018

    What a delicious appetizer! Basically you had me cheese… love parmesan and ricotta in these stuffed mushrooms.

    1. Reply

      Haha, we are very similar!!! Cheese gets me every time! (Well that and champagne 😉 )

  1. Reply

    Life is definitely not too short to stuff mushrooms, they are especially good on the BBQ, the nature of shrooms means they really do suck up that whole smokey vibe. These sound superb and look great!

    1. Reply

      Well you know me…..when it comes to food life is never too short 😉
      Your mushrooms sound divine!!!!!!

  2. Reply

    I love stuffed mushrooms! It makes such a great appetizer for any occasion. Looks delicious!

    1. Reply

      They really are. And not too fiddly which is important if you are entertaining 😀

    • Julie
    • February 27, 2018

    What an absolutely delicious recipe! The flavors are awesome sounding.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Julie, Basil and cheese just work so well together don’t they 😀

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