MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Breast cancer is the second leading cause for women. October is breast cancer awareness month, and CBS 58 is spending the week providing a tasty recipe and providing some food for thought. Nikki Panico from Komen Wisconsin joined CBS 58’s Pauleen Le Thursday, Oct. 8, to make some spinach ricotta stuffed portobello caps.


8 portobello mushroom caps, wiped clean with a damp cloth

2 tablespoons water

1 (5-ounce) package fresh baby spinach

1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, divided use

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup reduced-sodium marinara sauce, divided use

3/4 cup shredded Italian-blend cheese

Cooking instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Coat both sides of the mushroom caps with cooking spray and place, stem side down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, turn, and bake 5 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, add water to a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add spinach and cook, stirring carefully, 1 to 2 minutes, or until wilted. Remove from heat and stir in the ricotta cheese and 1/4 cup of the basil. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon half of the marinara sauce on top of the mushroom caps (1 tablespoon per mushroom). Top with equal amounts of the spinach mixture, spoon remaining marinara sauce over all, and sprinkle with the Italian-blend cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with the remaining basil.

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