Let kids help with the simple steps in bold!


  • portobello mushroom caps, wiped clean and dried (not rinsed)—one cap per person
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • tomato sauce or pesto
  • grated or sliced mozzarella
  • your favorite pizza toppings (olives, onions, peppers, tomatoes, basil, oregano, etc.)


Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Step 1: Lightly brush the top and bottom of each portobello cap with olive oil, dust with salt and pepper, and arrange the caps gill side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake until tender, about 10–12 minutes, flipping them over halfway through cooking.

Step 2: Remove mushrooms from oven and switch oven to broil setting.

Step 3: Keep mushroom caps gill side up and layer on sauce, mozzarella and other toppings.

Step 4: When oven has reached full broil temp, put the mushrooms back in for a few additional minutes until cheese melts and toppings are hot.