Fried Garlic Mushrooms – Funghi Alla Toscana

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Servings 2 people


For seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 10 g Bacon, mixed, smoked
  • 3 medium sized Cloves of garlic, fresh
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 medium sized Tomatoes, red, fully ripe
  • 5 tbsp Tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp Oregano, fresh, frozen or dried
  • Chicken broth, Kraft bouillon
  • Pepper, black, fresh from the mill
  • Nutmeg, freshly grated

To garnish:

  • Frisée or Roma salad
  • Tomato slices
  • Flaked almonds
  • 2 Pinches Parmesan, finely grated


  • Thoroughly clean the mushrooms and cut into thin slices vertically. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Cut the bacon into small cubes. Slice the garlic cloves crosswise into thin slices. Wash the tomatoes, remove the stems, peel, quarter and core and cut the quarters into small cubes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the bacon cubes and fry gently until they are fragrant. Add the garlic cloves and cook for 2 minutes. Deglaze with the tomato cubes and tomato juice. Stir in the tomato paste together with the oregano. Season to taste with the ingredients for seasoning. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in the mushrooms and let simmer with the lid for 10 minutes.
  • Spread on the serving bowl, garnish, serve warm as a side dish and enjoy.
  • 4th note:
  • I used brown-capped Portobella mushrooms (white-capped are usually rotten) which give the dish a darker color.
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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