Mushroom Walnut Pesto Tart for Mushroom Masters Challenge



Mushroom Masters: A Tournament of Taste is back for year two!


I was delighted to be asked to participate again after having so much fun with my Portabella Pizza recipe last year. Things got wild. Last year’s challenge is a big reason why I now love (and crave!) mushrooms as much as I do. I really didn’t fall in love with mushrooms until I started experimenting with them in the kitchen.

Sometimes those strange little things just need to grow on you like…fungi…?

Check out these cool mushroom facts:

  • Mushrooms are the only item in the produce aisle with vitamin D.  Winter’s coming, eat up!
  • Mushrooms are low in calories, fat free, and can be an effective substitute for meats thanks to their hearty and fulfilling nature.  I would concur.
  • Mushrooms are a source of selenium and ergothionene, antioxidants that play a role in immunity. Don’t be a sicky this Winter and eat up.
  • Mushrooms are a kitchen staple: they can star as the feature ingredient, or pair with any dish. They are like a little black dress, in other words.


Tastespotting is hosting the event once again along with Mushrooms Canada, Australian Mushroom Growers Association, and The Mushroom Council. Twelve of us food bloggers from Canada, US, and Australia were asked to compete in this challenge and were offered a bit of compensation for our time and food costs. We are now in the 4th and final week of the challenge.

I was assigned to the final week’s Appetizer challenge! Also participating in this appetizer challenge are  two very talented bloggers- Elana of Elana’s Pantry and Ellie of Kitchen Wench.


To be honest, I thought my mushroom creativity was maxed out with last year’s Portabella Pizza, but this Mushroom Walnut Pesto Tart is hands down the best mushroom recipe I’ve ever made. I’m so excited to share it with you after sitting on the recipe for a few weeks.


Given my recent infatuation for vegetables in my pesto, I thought it would be fun to make a mushroom walnut parsley pesto as a base for a tart. I really had no idea how it would turn out so I prayed to the culinary gods for a miracle.


For the pesto, I processed together garlic, toasted walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley, S & P, and the sautéed mushrooms. I was a bit worried that the mushrooms would taste weird in a pesto (shame on me, I know), but the flavours just worked so well. If you don’t want to make a tart you can always use this pesto with a pasta dish or spread over some crostini. Or you know, the spoon to face method worked for me quite well.

Step aside roasted tomato basil pesto, there’s a new fav pesto in town.


Please head on over to Tastespotting to vote for your favourite appetizer and get your hands on those delicious recipes.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 26, 2011

This looks wonderful! I love mushrooms, but I don’t cook with them enough. Thanks for the inspiration!


Kris September 26, 2011

Voted for you! Great idea once again!!! :)


staceyhealthylife September 26, 2011

That looks so good and fancy. Perfect for impressing someone. Best of luck.


Kiah September 26, 2011

Love you new autumn header!!


Alyson September 26, 2011

Ahhhh! That looks amazing!


radioactivegan September 26, 2011

That looks so pretty and delicious!


Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted September 26, 2011

Mmm…I love mushrooms. Hate parsley though. Maybe I’ll try this with some thyme and rosemary instead because this looks awesome!


Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 26, 2011

I LOVE MUSHROOMS! that crust looks so flakey and delish!


Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco September 26, 2011

Mmm. This looks so amazing! Best of luck, Angela!


Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 26, 2011

Mushrooms get such a bad rap! I think they’re delicious! Good luck in the challenge!


Lenna September 27, 2011

Voted for you, what an amazing recipe! I love mushrooms :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 27, 2011

That looks amazing! Perfect for a dinner party. (I accidentally typed sinner party though I suppose it could work for that too!) ;)


Luluk September 27, 2011

Hi, It looks drooling…I wonder where the link to the recipe is…I definitely would like to try :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2011

It’s linked on the tastespotting page that I linked to :)


Lisa Broadley September 27, 2011

it looks so yummy!! I just voted and you’re in the lead! Woohoo!


Sarah September 27, 2011

Looks amazing! I just popped over the link and voted and couldn’t help notice that you’re winning!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 27, 2011

I’m going to go vote but I just wanted to say that this looks delicious! And I had no idea that mushrooms had vitamin D. That’s pretty cool.


jess white September 27, 2011

looks absolutely incredible!!


jennifer @ peanut butter and peppers September 27, 2011

I voted for you! Your tart looks so good, but I wish I liked mushrooms. I ty so hard to like them, but I can’t! If there in my food I won’t pick them off, but I won’t go out of my way to eat them! Good luck on the contest!!


JenATX September 27, 2011

i love the parsley sprinkled on top, gives the dish some color & provides a new clue as to what is inside the pesto :)


Stormy @Maoomba September 27, 2011

I am such a mushroom fan, and this looks phenomenal. Trying it out this coming weekend.


Get Skinny, Go Vegan. September 27, 2011

SUPER beautiful and amazing! We had some type of veggie filo for our wedding nearly 15 years ago. My family catered our all vegan wedding and was so happy with the look and subtle elegance of the flaky dough.


Nisha September 27, 2011

Whats the best mushroom to use for this recipe? Portobello? Button? your recipes make eating healthy food so fun! i always look forward to cooking meals at home now!


Kathy September 28, 2011

Those photos are fantastic! I’ve never had a tart, ever, and don’t quite adore mushrooms (they’re chewy little things!). Perfect recipe, eh? ;)


Michelle October 1, 2011

Voted! It looks AMAZING! You are definitely going to win :)


Rachel L October 6, 2011

So I tried out this recipe and love it! But I had some troubles with the phyllo dough…all the layers kinda fell apart when I ate it and would you suggest folding the phyllo dough sides? It wasn’t in the original recipe but I noticed you did it in the picture. PS: Would love to talk to you/hear more about your Naturopath experience…I’ve been having some stomach troubles lately and don’t know if a nutritionist or naturopath is the way to go. Okay that was kinda long! Sorry…but thanks for the yummy recipe. :D


Dee Cervantes July 30, 2012

Soo where’s the recipe? Lol. I’m tryna make this!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2012

Hey Dee, It’s linked in the post on Tastespotting. Sorry its a bit confusing!


Cathy February 4, 2015

I made the mushrooms and the pesto from the recipe in the Oh She Glows cookbook and served on crostini. The mushrooms were good — but the pesto was AMAZING. I think it might be the single most delicious dip/spread type thing I have ever made, with incredible depth of flavor and savoriness. Thank you!


Laura MacKinnon November 26, 2015

This was amazing! I made it as part of Thanksgiving and it was super delicious.
Even the omnivores couldn’t stop eating it.


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