Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza - simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes! | #recipes #glutenfree #vegetarian

Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza – simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes!

It’s crazy to think that yesterday marked the one year anniversary of our 3 month old niece Zoe passing away.

I woke up yesterday thinking of the day that we had one year ago.

I remember getting a text at 4pm from a family friend saying “Any update on Zoe?” I was confused so I responded, “is there something wrong?” No response.

Immediately my heart went into my stomach and I picked up the phone to call Mike. He didn’t pick up. I called my mother in law. She picked up. I asked “is there something wrong with Zoe?” Her voice was quivering as she said “Jeff and Kenz got a call from the babysitter, Zoe wasn’t breathing. The paramedics are there now. She passed in her sleep.”‘

Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza - simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes! | #recipes #glutenfree #vegetarian

“What?” is all I could say as tears streamed down my face. Surely its not real.

Mike pulled up to the house and immediately he knew that I knew. He was trying to get home to be with me because he knew I would be a mess. We had just had a miscarriage a year prior, Zoe and our baby were due around the same time. I just collapsed into his arms as soon as he walked in the door, my heart breaking.

As I reflect on the heartache of that day I know it was nothing compared to what Zoe’s parents went through. We were at their house non stop for a solid two weeks, serving them, loving them, listening to them, whatever it took. As I watched them walk through grieving the loss of their baby girl I saw God’s heart. He completely enclosed them with his arms, they found comfort, strength, healing, and even joy in his arms.

Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza - simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes! | #recipes #glutenfree #vegetarian

On the day of Zoe’s Memorial service, we walked in together as a family. Supporting each other in love while we walked through this hard road of grief. We sang worship songs during the service and Zoe’s parents spoke and celebrated the life that she had and the memories they shared. I think the most amazing part of that service was seeing Jeff (Zoe’s dad) raise his hands in worship as we sang the lines.

“He gives and takes away. He gives and takes away. My heart will choose to say. Lord blessed be your name.”

Sometimes we don’t understand why loss happens, especially to a 3 month old baby or even a baby that was lost in the womb. But God does.

Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza - simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes! | #recipes #glutenfree #vegetarian

The ripple effect Zoe’s life has had on people after her passing has been incredible. So many people came to know the Lord through her short life, and I know many more will. God’s plan is always perfect, even though we don’t understand.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name. No matter the storms of life!

Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza - simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes! | #recipes #glutenfree #vegetarian

Normally I can kinda find a way to transition from serious to .. heres the food.

But today, I got nothing.

So. Here’s the food.

Today I am sharing one of my favorite healthy ways to enjoy pizza without all the carbs – Mini Portobello Margherita Pizzas. I made portobello pizza a couple of months ago with a pan sautéed balsamic vegetables on top and .. oh my word!

This time I was going for Margherita style because its on of my favorite ways to eat pizza, tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Muah! It literally takes 15 minutes to make with only 7 ingredients, but you would never know from the taste.

Friday night is the ultimate pizza night, so why not do pizza night a little different this weekend and try these babies out.

Healthy pizza never tasted so good! Do it! Try these Mini Portobello Margherita Pizzas.

Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza - simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes! | #recipes #glutenfree #vegetarian

Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza-5

Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 12 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 17 mins
  • yield Yield: 6 portobello pizzaas 1x
  • category Category: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Appetizer, Pizza
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: Italian


Change up your Friday night pizza night with this Mini Portobello Margherita Pizza – simple, fresh ingredients, and only 15 minutes!



  • 6 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • 6 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 12 slices of fresh mozzarella
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 34 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of basil, chiffoned
  • pinch of salt on each portobello


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place portobello mushrooms bottom side up on a baking sheet.
  3. Brush each portobello mushroom with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  4. Evenly sprinkle minced garlic cloves on each portobello mushroom.
  5. Place two fresh mozzarella slices on each portobello mushroom.
  6. Evenly distribute cherry tomatoes between portobello mushrooms. Add a pinch of salt to each mushroom.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from oven and sprinkle even mushroom with basil.
  9. Serve!

Keywords: portobello pizza, baked portobello mushroom recipes, vegetarian meals


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26 Responses
  1. Michelle

    Great recipe and will try over the weekend. Also, the pictures make it look extra tasty. I got this recipe from the meal planning series. I currently use the meal planning service, They have similar recipes that only use whole ingredients and have nutritional facts. My family used it for 2 months and like it. The con is that it makes a lot of leftovers. Krista, what are your thoughts on meal planning?

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Thanks so much Michelle. Hope you enjoy it!

      As far as meal planning, I do sometimes. But its a little different because I’m forced to plan out meals for the week so that I can plan on recipes for the blog AND they are all different. I rarely do the same meal during the week. However, for other people I highly recommend it. And by meal planning I mean, sitting down to plan out your meals and groceries for the week. Not paying for a service but doing it yourself.

  2. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    These pizzas look so delicious!

    Krista, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss – what an utterly heartbreaking story.

  3. Zainab

    Oh my heart goes out to your sister-in-law and your family. I cannot even begin to imagine. But it’s so great that so much good came out of this journey.

  4. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, losing a child is such a tragedy, and so hard to understand.

    These mini portobello pizzas look fantastic, that’s such a great idea for pizza night!

  5. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Krista, my heart goes out to you and your family! I couldn’t imagine how that would be to go through. It is tough to be content with God’s decisions but somehow we have to find comfort in the fact he knows what he is doing!
    On a higher night, these portobello pizzas are the perfect pizza and end to a crazy week! Pinned!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      So true Meg, thanks girl!

      And heck yes they are perfect for a pizza night at the end of the week. Best kind of ending to a long work week. 🙂 Thanks for the pin!

  6. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    What a heartbreaking story, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I just couldn’t imagine the devastation a parent must feel at the loss of a child. Blessings!

  7. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates

    I have no words. The loss of a child is one of the most devastating times of all. A close family friend of ours had their baby pass away last year and my heart still feels heavy. I am so sorry for the loss of baby Zoe. I am sure that you have been such a huge blessing and form of encouragement to your family.

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Thank you so much Mariah, it has been hard to go through as you understand but we definitely feel a sense of hope for the future!

  8. Heather - Butter&Burlap

    I’m so sorry to hear about your niece. What a tragic thing that happened to your family. But, you’ve adapted a great frame of mind in that you may not always know the reason why things happen, but they happen for a reason. I love your healthy twist on a margarita pizza! Love simple recipes like this!

  9. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    I can’t imagine being a parent and losing your child. I’m so sorry that happened to you niece. I am sure that your family is forever grateful for your help and support. On a brighter note, these pizzas are gorgeous and a great way to change things up on pizza Friday!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      Thank you Danae, I can’t imagine it either. But we all have our journey’s to walk, some harder than others. Luckily we don’t have to do it alone. 🙂

      Happy pizza night! 🙂

  10. Heather / girlichef

    I wanted to say how delicious irresistible these little pizzas look (and they do), but it just doesn’t seem right. I have no words, just an ache in my heart. I can’t imagine how hard that must be. Thoughts and prayers for Zoe’s family and friends.

  11. Beth

    I would link up to Mackenzie’s link party every week and I remember reading her post about Zoe. I’ll be praying for your family as you all remember little Zoe! Ps. Your photos are killer, so beautiful!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5

      I know! I use link up there too, she was the one that inspired me to start a food blog. 🙂

      Now she has a different blog for her family while they are in Ecuador doing missions work, its called if you want to read, her and her husband write about what they are doing and then also is a journey through the grieving with zoe. Its really good. 🙂

      Thanks girl! I so wish we lived near each other, I think we would have a blast!

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