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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms + Sweet and Spicy Marinara

  • Total Time: 50 minutes


Super delicious sausage stuffed meatballs topped with gooey cheese and bathing in marinara. The perfect appetizer for literally any occasion.




  • 12 large white mushrooms, stems removed and reserved
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 cup shredded monterrey jack or other white melting cheese


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes + juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and a large skillet to medium heat.
  2. Make the marinara. To the skillet, add the olive oil, onion, crushed red pepper, and a sprinkle of salt. Cook for 2 minutes to soften the onion, then add the garlic. Cook for 2 minutes more and add the tomatoes and honey. Let the sauce come to a simmer, then taste and add salt to your preference. Turn the heat off.
  3. In an oven proof skillet or dish large enough for all of the mushrooms (I used a 10-inch round skillet), spread about half of the marinara sauce.
  4. Stuff the mushrooms. In a food processor, blend the mushroom stems until finely chopped. Add the mushroom stems, sausage, parmesan, and the 2nd clove of garlic to a bowl. Mix together, then form in to mounds and heap in the mushrooms. Nestle the stuffed mushrooms (we want the filling to heap over the mushrooms) in the marinara sauce and sprinkle the entire dish with the grated cheese.
  5. The marinara should come about halfway up the mushrooms, but no more. If it doesn't, add a little bit more. Reserve any leftover marinara for another use.
  6. Bake the mushrooms at 375F uncovered for 30 minutes until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese is browned and bubbly. If the cheese browns before the mushrooms are cooked, tent with foil and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.
  7. Serve as an appetizer or with bread or pasta as an entree. Enjoy!


Feel free to use your favorite jarred marinara if you'd prefer not to make it yourself - you'll need about 2 cups marinara total for this dish.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30

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