Saturday, November 20, 2010

Portobello & Lentils with Pesto

I've been wanting to do a lentil and pesto recipe for a few weeks now, but today the inspiration came in the form of some excellent portobello mushrooms that couldn't wait another day to be used. This was incredibly easy and fast to prepare and so full of flavor! Plus, an elegant vegetarian or vegan appetizer (depending on the pesto you use) that is fairly low fat and protein-packed.

I used Trader Joe's pesto (contains cheese) and Trader Joe's Cooked Black Lentils for this dish. All I did was peel and slice the portobellos and saute them with a little oil, garlic, salt, pepper and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. It's hard not to resist just eating them out of the pan! I then added the lentils and a little pesto to the pan and gently combined. Served on a slice of fresh French baguette with a little basil leaf from the garden and voila!


Anonymous Mimi said...

I love using mushrooms because of their ability to complement flavors. My boyfriend loves it when I use mushrooms because of their meatiness. Total win-win!

3:23 AM  
Anonymous Buy Online Food said...

Thanks for the gourmet vegetarian recipes. I made this last night and to my surprise I liked it. I think I'll make more vegetarian food.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Nisrine, Dainners and Dreams said...

Amazing dish. I love lentils and portobellos as well as those gorgeous photos of yours!

5:32 PM  
Anonymous retro sweets said...

I love using portobello for my pasta. Sometimes i use the baby ones. :)

9:52 AM  
Anonymous chefgrantedwards said...

Hi. Check out the 2009 Three Hoots Sauvignon Blanc. The minerality is perfect and would compliment the portobello and herbs.

The 2010 Three Hoots Organic Olive oil also is wonderful and exhibits subtle pepperiness and nuanced aromatics that compliment a "Napa Style" dish.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Jean at The Delightful Repast said...

Catherine, this looks delicious. And, as always, the photograph is outstanding. I just posted my famous eggnog. And when I'm enjoying rich treats like that, I like to "alternate" with lighter, healthful choices like this dish that has two of my all-time favorite ingredients, mushrooms and lentils.

12:28 PM  
Blogger cutenickels said...

A good way to avoid cheese is using the Pesto recipe from, and using the basil cubes from them, there is no waste and super convient! I cant wait to try this recipe!

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Sean Grey Hanson said...

Very appealing! Such a mouthwatering recipe! I would love to give a try on making this one at home.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous kyh said...

Oh, this looks sooooo good! I love pesto and lentils! :D

3:47 AM  
Anonymous Noobfoodie said...

i ove mushoom, this is great, it makes me hungry

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Gordon said...

Mushrooms are an important ingredient in my kitchen as their distinguish flavour is what my family like to have in their meals.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous renee said...

i love trader joe's pre-cooked beluga lentils! i throw them in everything. i have a dish on my blog with trader joe's soy chorizo and these lentils that my vegan friends really love.

thanks so much for your blog! i have such a good time reading it.



8:27 PM  
Anonymous Molly Gordon said...

My name is Molly Gordon and I work for a company called Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. in Sebastopol, CA (close by!). This recipe looks stellar, and we would love for you to try it out with some of our mushrooms or try them out with a new recipe.
Email me at and we'll send you some samples! or check us out at
Look forward to hearing from you!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Beatrice said...

I love the look of the lentils on the baguette -- like caviar (but tastier).

3:07 PM  
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7:15 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

This really does sound delicious. I love the food and recipes you feature for you readers. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Winstrol said...

Catherine this looks absolutely delicious, I am making this over the weekend. Thanks.

Winston Rolbacher

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Food Joints said...

Wow this looks absolutely good and probably taste delicious

3:53 AM  
Anonymous Chloe said...

That sounds like a fantastic idea.

9:52 PM  

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