Balsamic and Thyme Roasted Portabella Mushrooms

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I don’t recall being a fan of mushrooms as a child. I can imagine that they must find their way on the “dislike” list of many children, but I’m not quite sure why. What is it about mushrooms that people, especially children, seem to not like?

But like many childhood dislikes, mushrooms for me became an ingredient that I quite enjoy as an adult and for good reason. They’re a simple vegetable that has a lot to offer.

health benefits of mushrooms

4 Reasons to Cook with Mushrooms

Mushrooms are High in Vitamins and Minerals

Mushrooms are naturally low in sodium, calories, and fat. They boast a high, naturally unfortified source of vitamin D not found in other areas of the produce isle. In addition to vitamin D, mushrooms provide B vitamins, potassium and powerful antioxidants.

Mushrooms Flight Breast Cancer

If these great vitamins and minerals weren’t reason enough to include mushrooms in your diet, you may be interested to know that City of Hope, a leading cancer research center, reports that mushroom’s extract slowed the growth of breast tumors.

If you’d like to talk more about the health benefits of mushrooms, the Mushroom Council’s support of City of Hope’s research surrounding mushrooms and cancer, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, join me for the Mushroom Council #gno Twitter party on Tuesday, October 4 from 9-11 ET.

Mushrooms are Verstaile

Mushrooms are a kitchen staple for me. It seems I add mushrooms to my grocery shopping list several times a month. They are great in pasta dishes, in omelets, on pizzas, in soups and stews, or even on their own as a side dish or appetizer.

I like to keep mushrooms on had because I know there are many recipes that I can create to utilize them in the kitchen. They’re a great basic vegetable.

Mushrooms are a Great Meat Substitute

Mushrooms, especially portabella mushrooms, are filling and can add bulk back into meatless recipes.

If you’re looking to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, mushrooms serve as a great option for a meat substitute in many recipes. Check out these Portabella Mushroom Fajitas.

balsamic roasted portabella mushrooms

One of my favorite, easy ways to prepare mushrooms is this recipe for Balsamic and Thyme Roasted Portabella Mushrooms.

These Balsamic and Thyme Roasted Portabella Mushrooms makes a delicious, simple appetizer or side to go with any holiday meal or dinner party. If you want to go above and beyond, stuff the centers with a little bit of goat cheese after they come out of the oven. YUM!

Balsamic and Thyme Roasted Portabella Mushrooms are versatile too! Slice them up after roasting and toss them with pasta and some goat cheese or freshly grated parmesan for a quick, meatless main dish.

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Balsamic and Thyme Roasted Portabella Mushrooms

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12 oz small (2" diameter) portabella mushrooms
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp fresh thyme, divided, plus extra for garnish
3 cloves garlic
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Sea salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and reserve for another use. Rinse and dry mushrooms. Place mushrooms top side down in a cast-iron skillet.

Whisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar together. Drizzle over the mushrooms. Thinly slice the garlic cloves and sprinkle them over the mushrooms, getting a slice or two inside each mushroom. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme; season with salt and pepper.

Roast at 425 degrees F for 5-10 minutes, until desired doneness is achieved. Eight minutes was perfect for me.

Remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with remaining garlic, juices, oil, and vinegar in the pan. Sprinkle with reserved 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves and garnish with a spring or two of fresh thyme. Serve immediately.

Note: Slice these up and toss with pasta and freshly grated parmesan for a quick meatless main dish.

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Rachel - October 03, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    I try to prevent cancer by eating correctly. With a picky family of seven, this can be tricky!


  • 2
    Meal Makeover Mom Janice - October 03, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    Hi Katie:

    Last week my 12-year-old daughter requested a portabella mushroom, sun-dried tomato pizza! She also loves portabella mushroom burgers with goat cheese served on a whole wheat hamburger bun. For years she proclaimed that she hated mushrooms but somewhere along the way she saw the light! Have you roasted white button mushrooms using the recipe above? I have some in the fridge and may try it tonight. Thanks for another great recipe. PS, I have walked in the Breast Cancer walk in Boston for the past 5 years.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 9:39 AM

      I have not tried it with button mushrooms, but I’m sure it would be great!

  • 3
    katherine inskeep - October 03, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    I attend our colleges breast cancer volleyball game and I also walk our Breast cancer walk here in Midland


  • 4
    Mb - October 03, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    running in races!


  • 5
    Jessie C. - October 03, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    I donate and participate in cure run.


  • 6
    Jessie C. - October 03, 2011 @ 7:29 am
  • 7
    Bev Weidner - October 03, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Mushrooms are MY LIIIIIFE.


  • 8
    Mushrooms Canada - October 03, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Those are 4 wonderful reasons to include mushrooms in your diet! And the recipe is so easy and fresh! Sure to turn a mushroom hater into a mushroom lover! ;)
    - Brittany


  • 9
    Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams - October 03, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    These look delicious! My husband is not a big fan of mushrooms, but I think he might try this.


  • 10
    Casey - October 03, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    Suggestions for what “another use” for the mushroom stems might be?

    I fight cancer with fruits & veggies!


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 7:07 PM

      Any recipe that calls for chopped up mushrooms. I linked to chicken lettuce wraps in this post, that is a good way to use them up.

  • 11
    Katiek - October 03, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    growing up i only liked mushrooms on my pizza!

    To support Breast cancer this month I am going to look for products that specifically donate proceeds to research and cure!


  • 12
    Katiek - October 03, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    i follow good life eats on twitter!


  • 13
    Katiek - October 03, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    i now follow the mushroom council on twitter!


  • 14
    Katiek - October 03, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    and i re-tweeted!


  • 15
    Kia @ A View From Here - October 04, 2011 @ 2:31 am

    I made these as a side for my hubby last night (along with homemade pizza) and he LOVED them. He said they were very meaty and delicious.
    Thank you so much for showing me another way to cook mushrooms (he usually just gets them chopped up and sauteed in garlic butter. I don’t eat them so don’t really know many ways to cook them.


  • 16
    Julie - October 04, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    This is a DEFINITE TRY— sounds yummy!
    Thanks for posting!


  • 17
    Heather Spooner - October 04, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    I try to live a healthy active lifestyle. I also support fundraisers and charities that help cancer victims become cancer survivors. Thanks for the giveaway!


  • 18
    Liz - October 05, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    I am trying to get our family to eat better and to know our family’s health history.


  • 19
    Ali - October 05, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    I try to prevent cancer by eating a healthy balanced diet. The mushrooms look great.


  • 20
    Charissa - October 05, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    This looks soooo good! I have a giveaway going on at my site too…great minds think alike.

    I got myself tested…and I don’t eat processed foods…


  • 21
    Allison - October 05, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

    We do our best to eat healthy and stay active. I have also participated in walks/runs that support cancer research.


  • 22
    Allison - October 05, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I follow GLE on twitter


  • 23
    Allison - October 05, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I retweeted


  • 24
    jayloh - October 06, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    My entire family raises funds and walks (or runs) in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Event, in our area.


  • 25
    Heather @ Curly Girl Kitchen - October 06, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    I absolutely love mushrooms, and yours look so good with the balsamic vinegar!


  • 26
    Staci A - October 08, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    We support awareness by walking in a 5K for the cause and buying from companies that donate to it.


  • 27
    TK - October 09, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Mmm! I love tossing mushrooms in all my savory dishes. And i support awareness by going to local fundraising events.


  • 28
    Melissa Schroeder - November 27, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Thank you SOOOO much for this delicious inspiration! I served the portabello mushrooms over whole wheat angel hair with an extra dash of balsamic, goat cheese and pine nuts. It was to die for :)


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