When it comes to delicious and versatile fungi, baby bella mushrooms are the champs of the culinary world. And there are tons of baby bella mushroom recipes out there.
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I have to admit. At first, I didn’t quite care for mushrooms. It wasn’t so much their taste but their texture. Then, one evening when my wife made some sautéed mushrooms with wine and herbs, I instantly fell in love! I was blown away by how flavorful mushrooms can be!
Baby Bella, also called Cremini mushrooms, have a savory, robust flavor that compliments any seasoning, making them perfect for recipes such as salads, soups, casseroles, or just by themselves.
While these small mushrooms look like ordinary button mushrooms, they are packed with much more flavor. Bella mushrooms are also known as baby portabella mushrooms but are much smaller than their big cousin.
Best of all, unlike many mushroom varieties, baby bellas are easy to find at most grocery stores.
Below, we’ve put together a list of 12 incredible bella mushroom recipe ideas that are sure to excite your senses!
1. Creamy Mushroom Soup
This super creamy bella mushroom soup has the flavors of thyme and garlic and is the perfect hearty fall soup to warm your bones on those cold nights.
Now the trick to this recipe is developing the flavor of your baby bella mushrooms. To do this, you want to cook them until the water they release cook-off, and that’s when your mushrooms will start to brown. You’ll add your seasonings after your mushrooms have been browned.
Ingredients for this dish include baby bella mushrooms, butter, leeks, fresh thyme, garlic cloves, heavy whipping cream, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper.
Your soup will last between three and five days if left covered in an air-sealed container in your fridge. You can also freeze your soup by transferring your cooled soup to containers or freezer bags. Then it should be good for three months.
2. Brie & Mushroom Quesadilla
One of our favorite bella mushroom recipes is this Brie and mushroom quesadilla dish. It’s packed with mountains of savory, seasoned bella mushrooms, brie cheese, and lots of tasty seasonings.
Plus, this meal is quick and easy to make, taking less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook!
Ingredients for this dish include butter, tortillas, shallots, fresh baby bella mushrooms, brie cheese (remove rind or use truffle Brie), sherry, fresh thyme, salt, and pepper.
This recipe uses truffle brie, which pairs wonderfully with the shallots and mushrooms, but regular brie works just fine if you can’t find some.
3. Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms
We love these mushrooms because of the amazing sliced baby bella mushroom recipes out there that make them the star of the show.
This is the perfect recipe for learning how to saute baby bella mushrooms, and it only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.
Thanks to the garlic butter seasoning, these savory mushrooms will melt in your mouth and make any dish you serve with them taste incredible.
Honestly, I finished a plate full of these little guys in one sitting. Serve these with some creamy mashed potatoes and your choice of meat like baked chicken or grilled steak, and look out!
The ingredients you’ll need for this simple dish are baby bella mushrooms, butter, olive oil, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice (optional).
4. Baby Bella Mushroom Pizza
When you take baby bella mushrooms and put them on top of the pizza, they take any pie to a whole new level!
And this bella mushroom recipe for roasted mushroom pizza is insanely delicious! It’s not your average mushroom pizza. It’s a lot deeper and way more flavorful than any you’ve had delivered or picked up.
Most folks use fresh sliced mushrooms and throw them on top of their pizza without much thought, never realizing their mushrooms’ full potential.
The key is roasting your mushrooms ahead of time. Trust us. The little extra effort pays off in a big way!
The ingredients you need to make this pizza masterpiece include pizza dough, baby bella mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, flaky sea salt (or kosher salt), tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, dried thyme (optional), freshly cracked black pepper.
5. Baby Bella Mushrooms and Onions
Aside from garlic, onions are an amazing veggie to pair with your baby bella mushrooms, and this recipe for sauteed mushrooms and onions really brings out the full flavor of your bella mushrooms.
Not only is this recipe delicious, but it also comes together in no time at all.
Plus, you can add this dish to so many meals, like marinated herb butter T-bone steak, grilled salmon, hamburgers, meatloaf. The possibilities are truly limitless!
You’ll need the following ingredients for this dish: butter, Worchestershire sauce, baby bella mushrooms (ignore the recipe’s mistake), sweet Vidalia onion, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper.
6. Roasted Baby Bella Mushrooms
Turn your baby bellas into a crave-worthy dish that’s sure to disappear in the blink of an eye at any dinner table with this recipe for roasted mushrooms.
The key to getting perfect roasted mushrooms is ensuring your oven’s nice and hot, at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This recipe calls for baby bella mushrooms, olive oil, bay leaves, fresh thyme, garlic cloves, fine sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, fresh chives, and freshly grated lemon zest.
Now, you want to make sure you add your salt after you’ve roasted your baby bellas, otherwise, the salt can draw out moisture and cause your mushrooms to steam. This can prevent them from properly browning in the oven.
7. Easy Baby Bella Mushrooms
Another fantastic way to eat your baby bellas is to stuff them with yummy ingredients and bake them. This recipe for easy baby bella mushrooms makes for a fantastic appetizer or side dish and is literally loaded with flavor.
One thing about baby bellas people love is that they are so much meatier and heartier than white button mushrooms, allowing them to hold up under tighter temperatures and really seal in flavors.
The ingredient list for this recipe includes baby bella mushrooms, olive oil, crushed garlic, onion, baby eggplant, fresh Italian parsley, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, aroma tomatoes, egg, bacon, or pancetta.
8. Grilled Baby Bella Mushrooms
Another place where baby bella mushrooms really shine is the grill. You can season and kabob these little guys and come away with an amazing smoky flavor and a char-grilled texture that’s to die for!
Did you know that baby bella mushrooms and white button mushrooms are technically the same variety? The main difference is that baby bellas are of an older stage.
These addictive skewers take less than 45 minutes to marinate and grill. The ingredients you’ll need are baby bella mushrooms, olive oil, GravyMaster, soy sauce, garlic clove, fresh chopped parsley, salt, pepper, and red chili pepper flakes (optional).
9. Farro with Mushrooms & Parmesan
If you’re not familiar with farro, you should try some. This chewy ancient grain is very similar to barley, but it cooks much faster. It’s a fantastic healthy grain to cook with any vegetable dish.
This recipe for Farro with mushrooms and parmesan is bursting with flavor and is perhaps the most delicious way you can eat farro!
Here are all the ingredients for this legendary dish: uncooked farro, salt, bella mushrooms, olive oil, freshly ground black pepper, lemon juice, parmesan, chopped parsley.
It’s especially important not to grate the parmesan cheese but rather crumble it to achieve a coarser texture.
10. Baby Bella Pasta with Parmesan
This recipe is loaded with delicious baby bella mushrooms, garlic, and parmesan blended with savory noodles in an unbelievably smooth and silky sauce.
For mushroom lovers, this dish is a dream come true!
And the exclusion of heavy cream really brings out the earthy, umami flavor of your mushrooms. And this recipe is mushroomed to the max, using two varieties alongside your baby bellas.
Here’s the list of ingredients you’ll need are dry pasta (they used Toscani-shaped), kosher salt, extra virgin olive oil, butter, shallots, garlic cloves, baby bella mushrooms, white mushrooms, portabella mushrooms, black pepper, rosemary, tomato paste, merlot wine, grated parmesan, packed parsley, chopped walnuts, and red pepper flakes (optional).
11. Mushroom Barley Soup
Words can barely describe the beautiful picture you see above. Just look at all those yummy baby bellas swimming in that rich, savory broth along with barley, celery, and carrots.
A hot bowl of this soup on a cold day will make all your troubles melt away. It’s loaded with so much flavor and so many wonderful textures. It’s truly a culinary experience meant to be savored until you slurp the last drop from your bowl — leave your table manners at the door for this one.
Ingredients for this soup masterpiece include butter, diced onion, diced carrot, chopped celery, sliced baby bella mushrooms, beef or vegetable broth, pearl barley, bay leaf, Worchesthire sauce, soy sauce, and thyme.
You’ll want to chop your onions, celery, and carrot into uniform sizes. This way, they are guaranteed to cook together at the same rate.
12. Vegan Walnut Taco Meat
Now, many folks get real touchy, especially when you talk about messing with their tacos. This is one of those meat dishes that is very hard to veganize.
And while baby bella mushroom walnut taco meat isn’t an exact replacement for beef, it does stand on its own as an amazing taco filling in its own right!
The ingredients you’ll need are olive oil, baby bella mushrooms, garlic, onion walnuts, taco seasoning, panko breadcrumbs, chipotle pepper, flax egg, salt, and pepper.
In the video below is another tasty baby bella mushroom recipe you’re sure to fall in love with!
Awesome Baby Bella Mushroom Recipes (+Sautéed Baby Bella Mushrooms)
- 1 lb baby bella mushrooms sliced
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp herbs
- Lemon juice optional
- Combine olive oil and butter in skillet on medium-high heat
- Add mushrooms
- Add salt and pepper
- Add herbs
- Cook 10 minutes
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.
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