11 Vegetarian Portobello Mushroom Recipes That Prove This Veggie's Worth

Mushrooms are often misunderstood. Sure, they're complicated, and they don't look too enticing on a grocery shelf. And yes, they may feel sandy or even look a little decomposed at first glance, but that's part of the experience. Once you figure out how to choose, clean, and cook mushrooms, you'll understand why these are often staples of highbrow menus—and why judging a mushroom by how it looks is clearly to your own detriment.

Take portobello mushrooms, for instance. Portobello mushrooms have a hearty, almost meat-like texture when cooked, and their subtle flavor makes them easily adaptable to a wide variety of recipes. You can stuff them, slice them, grill them, and sauté them, and portobello mushrooms will stand up to the challenge.

We found 11 options that don't shy away from the charms of portobello mushrooms and prove that vegetarian dishes can be as flavorful as they are healthy. From pizza and sandwich ideas to tacos and soup recommendations, here are 11 vegetarian portobello mushroom recipes that give this vegetable its long-awaited turn in the spotlight.