Mushroom Pesto


Rich, earthy mushroom pesto sauce clings to penne pasta to make a hearty, meatless meal. Stir pesto into freshly cooked penne pasta, add to the top of crostini, or use it as a dip for Italian-seasoned pita crisps.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pound mixed fresh mushrooms (such as cremini, button, oyster, and portobello), quartered

  • 1 shallot, chopped

  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup vegetable broth

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir mushrooms and shallot in melted butter until mushrooms are lightly browned and soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the saucepan from heat and set it aside to cool for 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer cooled mushroom mixture to a blender; add pine nuts, olive oil, vegetable broth, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse the blender a few times until mixture is finely ground, scraping down the sides of the pitcher with a spatula as needed; scrape into a mixing bowl.

  3. Stir Parmesan cheese through blended mixture until incorporated.

Cook's Note:

Adding Parmesan to a food processor can cause the cheese to melt and become stringy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

302 Calories
27g Fat
8g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 302
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 474mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 425mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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