Meatless Monday: Chef Carla Hall’s Rustic Mushroom Tart

Carla Hall's Rustic Mushroom TartIn honor of meeting Carla Hall, one of my favorite and fantastically funny cooking idols this past Thursday, I figured I would feature one of her delicious meatless recipes for Meatless Monday.  

In case you haven’t heard of Chef Carla Hall before, she was a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef where she was well known for making some delicious vegetarian dishes.  She is now a co-host on ABC’s The Chew, plus the author of Cooking with Love and I was lucky enough to meet her at #FitBlogNYC this past Thursday.  If you do know who she is and you think she is super amazing like me, here are a few pictures to make you jealous: Carla Hall Carla Hallunnamed-36

Yeah, that’s right, she totally cuddled with me for a pic.  Anyway, back to her delicious recipe.  Her Rustic Mushroom Tart recipe is so perfect in so many ways for Meatless Monday.  Not only is it fabulous and fancy but it is truly satisfying.  The ONLY thing that I did to modify the recipe was use gluten free pastry crust to adhere to my dietary needs.  It also contains cheese, like, a whole lotta cheese which I normally don’t eat but let’s be honest….this entire dish of deliciousness is a bit of an indulgence.  I normally don’t chow down on pastry crust for dinner either 😉 

Just in case you’re curious, the crust I used was Wholly Wholesome Gluten Free Pie Shells and it is wheat, dairy, egg, soy, nut, corn & casein free.  I just simply removed it from the pre-pressed pie tin, formed it into a ball then rolled it out according to her instructions. Carla Hall MushroomTorte MushroomTart

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Ps.  Though I tried my hardest to mimic both the food photography style and the folding of the pastry, I didn’t come close to matching either. #DontJudge.

Carla Hall's Rustic Mushroom Tart
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 3/4 cup whole ricotta milk
  2. 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  3. 1/4 finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  4. 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  5. Freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (I did not use)
  7. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  8. 3/4 pound mixed mushrooms
  9. 1 medium leek, cut into half lengthwise then into thin half moons
  10. 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped (I used two)
  11. Kosher salt
  12. 1/4 cup dry white wine
  13. 1 disk flaky butter crust (I used Wholly Wholesome gluten free pie crust)
  14. 1/2 lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ricotta, goat cheese, parmesan, rosemary and pepper.
  3. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat then add mushrooms, leek, garlic and salt. Stir occasionally for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add wine and bring to a boil then simmer until evaporated. Add salt and pepper.
  5. On a large sheet of parchment paper, roll dough into approximately 12 inch round circle then slide parchment paper with the dough onto a baking pan.
  6. Evenly spread the ricotta mixture on top and spoon the mushrooms over the cheese making sure to leave a 2 inch border. Fold in the border pleating every two inches (my attempts were laughable at this part).
  7. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Grate lemon zest over top, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.
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Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply October 20, 2014

I bet this is fantastic but I don't like mushrooms enough to make them the entire tart. I need something else. But I bet my husband would love it.
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    I bet you could add some cooked kale or spinach in place of some of the mushrooms!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply October 20, 2014

Meeting Carla must have been so cool! This recipe looks great. I tend to stay away from the crusts bc of the high calories. I've never had the brand you mentioned so I will check it out. Thanks so much for linking back to us. Hope you add your recipe to our link as well. I can certainly cross promote you next time as well.
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    I actually don't remember the last time I ate a crust before this but it was really delicious and a nice treat! :) I did try to add my link, I will make sure to check it worked! Thanks so much for hosting :)

Reply October 20, 2014

Yum, this looks delicious! Always looking for ways to eat more mushrooms. Thanks for sharing!
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    I love mushrooms too especially when cooked in wine :D

Reply October 20, 2014

Oh, I bet this is incredible and so savory creamy good.
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    It was really creamy- something I don't usually eat and am not used to but it was a great treat :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply October 20, 2014

YUM!!!!!!! I think Carla should come live with me and be my friend and cook for me always. You can over for dinner anytime you'd like, of course.
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    Haha if Carla comes to live with you then I am too! ;)

The Food Hunter
Reply October 20, 2014

looks delicious
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Reply October 20, 2014

That looks delicious, I will have to try it! I was so jealous when I saw your pictures posted on Instagram!
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    I was in awe, she is so nice and super funny! This is definitely a recipe worth trying :)

Tina Muir
Reply October 20, 2014

You were at fitblog tooooo! I feel like I was the only one who wasnt! Love the idea of a mushroom tart, I have never made a savory tart, but have always thought about it. Maybe now is the time :)

    Reply October 20, 2014

    I knew it would taste good because it was Carla's recipe but I had never had a savory tart either- it was delish! I wish you were at fitblog- I wanna meet you!!! Maybe someday at one of these conferences we will see each other.

Reply October 20, 2014

This looks delicious! :D! I just got back to Kentucky yesterday evening (it'ssocoldhere;_;) and my refrigerator is completely empty, so I think it's time to make everything in the world!
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    So happy to hear that you're home! I can imagine it is much colder there than on your cruise. Maybe cooking up a storm in the kitchen will get you toasty again :P

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply October 20, 2014

This sounds delicious! I love goats cheese and I love mushrooms and I especially love them together. The perfect combination!
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    Reply October 20, 2014

    I agree! Although I don't eat cheese often, goat cheese is by far my fav and tastes amazing with mushrooms :)

Reply October 20, 2014

Yum! And how awesome you met her in person. So cool.

Coco (@Got2Run4Me)
Reply October 20, 2014

Oh, gosh, that looks delicious!
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply October 21, 2014

Yum! I love anything mushroom. So cool that you met her.
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Lean Lena
Reply October 21, 2014

That looks so yummy! I love mushrooms. And how exciting for you to meet Carla Hall!!!
Thanks for sharing at the Tasty Tuesday linkup today :)
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    Reply October 21, 2014

    I love her recipes, you can tell they are all made with thought and love! This recipe is definitely a splurge but SO delicious!

Reply October 21, 2014

I love Carla and that photo of her cuddling you is awesome! This recipe sounds delicious. I love mushrooms and ricotta so it seems right up my alley. It's a little indulgent but seems like a good party dish.
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    Reply October 21, 2014

    It is definitely indulgent but like you said would be perfect for a party :)

Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
Reply October 22, 2014

Carla was my FAV on Top Chef!
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Jessica Knott {Swankyrecipes}
Reply October 26, 2014

Wow, how cool that you got the meet Carla! Sounds like it was a lot of fun! This mushroom tart looks delicious too! Have a good weekend.
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    Reply October 26, 2014

    Thank you! It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed meeting her and making her recipe :)

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