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Mushroom Marinara Sandwiches Recipe

Research shows that mushrooms contain specific dietary fibers that are associated with lowering cholesterol while also providing protein and vitamins. Exotic varieties tend to get most of the attention for their nutrients, but white button mushrooms provide many of the same health benefits. Adding mushrooms to a hearty sandwich like this one is a nutritious way to lighten up a recipe and still get the filling meal you crave.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.7g
7%Saturated Fat 1.4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 416mg
Total Carbohydrate 34.6g
Dietary Fiber 6.9g
Sugars 10.4g
Protein 9.9g
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste, without salt
  • 1 tsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 16 to 18 white button mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 4 whole-wheat sandwich buns
  • ½ cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high, and then add the garlic and onions. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  2. Next add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, basil, and oregano. Cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes and onions are softened and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Add the mushrooms. Cook for about 2 minutes, just until the mushrooms begin to darken and shrink. Stir in the salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Preheat your broiler to high and broil the sandwich buns cut-side up on a baking sheet. Remove after 1 to 2 minutes when they are slightly browned. Remove the top portion of the buns from the baking sheet and set them aside.
  5. Top each bottom bun with about ¾ cup of the mushroom mixture and then top with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Place the baking sheet under the broiler for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  6. Remove from the oven, transfer the bottom bun to a plate. Place the top portion of the bun on the sandwich and serve warm.
Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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