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8 of the best Ottolenghi mushroom recipes

by Malou Herkes

published on 31 August 2020

From the meaty Portobello to the flavour-packed porcini to the woody oyster mushroom, Ottolenghi makes a hero of funghi in these meat-free recipes. Mushrooms are not only useful for adding texture and earthy depth to a meatless ragù or an autumnal stew, but they’re also adept at absorbing the stronger flavours they’re paired with. Think garlicky truffle mushrooms piled onto oozy polenta or spicy, soy mushrooms squashed into a tortilla.

Mushrooms come into season in the autumn with a whole spectrum of flavours, textures and shapes to be explored. To help you get inspired by funghi this season, here are eight of the best from Ottolenghi – including a selection from his latest cookbook, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR.

Oyster Mushroom Tacos

Oyster Mushroom Tacos with All (or some of) the Trimmings

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

These roasted oyster mushrooms are crispy, chewy and soft all at once, soaking up the sweet, spicy and umami-rich marinade like little sponges. Packed into homemade corn tortillas with sharp pickles, coconut avocado crema and lime, this is the best sharing food there is.

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Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Spicy Mushroom Lasagne

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Spicy Mushroom Lasagne

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

This ultimate meat-free lasagne is packed with a variety of mushrooms to create a complex ragù that has its roots in the Tuscan village of Acone where Ixta spent her formative childhood years. You can easily make this vegan by skipping out the cream or serve the mushroom ragù straight up with pasta or polenta.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Pot Barley and Lentils with Mushrooms and Sweet Spices

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Pot Barley and Lentils with Mushrooms and Sweet Spices

Nutty, robust pot barley is the grain of choice in this twist on a lentil mejadra. Teamed with earthy, rich porcini mushrooms and meaty Portobellos, spiced with cinnamon and cumin and served with lentils, crispy onions and plenty of fresh herbs, this is hearty comfort food at its best.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Portobello Steaks and Butter Bean Mash

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Portobello Steaks and Butter Bean Mash

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Ixta Belfrage

Meaty Portobellos are slow-roasted in a spiced garlicky flavoured oil until tender and packed with punchy flavour. Serve with a creamy butter bean mash and plenty of aromatic oil for a comforting, simple and weekend worthy dinner.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mushroom and Herb Polenta

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mushroom and Herb Polenta

from Plenty

These herby, garlicky and truffle-flavoured mushrooms are piled onto oozy, Taleggio-rich polenta for a comforting autumnal dinner with a ‘Northern Italian mountain lodge’ feel.

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Ottolenghi Mushroom Pilaf

Bulgur with Mushrooms and Feta

Get a mixture of mushrooms to make this dish all the more interesting – cooked with sweet onions, cumin and sticky balsamic, and combined with bulgur, fresh dill, feta and chilli flakes, this works just as well as a side or a weekend brunch with some wilted greens.

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Portobello Mushrooms with Pearl Barley and Preserved Lemon

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Portobello Mushrooms with Pearl Barley and Preserved Lemon

by Sami Tamimi, Yotam Ottolenghi

Here, buttery mushooms are topped with herby pearl barley, pops of feta cheese and preserved lemon. This is a great meat-free starter or nibble.

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