Mushroom Asparagus Ricotta Toasts


These springy toasts are so delicious, easy to make, but feel very special and decadent. Crispy, golden, olive oil fried bread gets topped with creamy ricotta cheese. Mushrooms, asparagus and garlic get cooked very simply and seasoned with a splash of soy sauce for an umami-packed veggie topper. Be sure to finish it off with more lemon zest, fresh herbs, a drizzle of olive oil, and a generous squeeze of lemon. Serve these toasts with a side of scrambled eggs and some raw, crunchy veggies, and a sweet treat for a delicious springy brunch spread!

Ingredient highlight

Mushrooms! Are one of my favorite ingredients to add to vegetarian dishes because they have a meaty texture and an umami-rich flavor. They’re a great source of minerals like selenium, potassium and zinc and are also high in B vitamins.

Best served with scrambled eggs and raw crunchy veggies. You could also top it with a poached egg. Don’t forget the lemon wedges!
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese*
  • Zest from 1 lemon, divided
  • 4 slices country style sourdough bread*
  • Chopped chives or parsley, for topping
  • Lemon wedges
  • Serving suggestion: ~ scrambled eggs + a simple salad or raw crunchy spring veggies sprinkled with salt and lemon.
  • *The amount of ricotta needed will depend on how big your bread is, so use your judgment. A nice crusty sourdough loaf is best.


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the butter and oil. Once the butter is melted and bubbling, add the mushrooms and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the mushrooms are beginning to brown and are cooked through. Stir in the asparagus, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for one more minute, stirring often, or until the asparagus is crisp tender. Turn off heat and stir in the soy sauce.
  • In a medium bowl, add the ricotta, zest from half of a lemon (save the rest for topping or use the whole thing), and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Optional step: to take this to the next level, crisp the bread up in olive oil. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 tbsp olive oil or enough to coat the skillet in a thin layer. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, place the bread into the skillet and cook for 3 minutes or until it is golden brown and crisp on the bottom. Flip and repeat for 2-3 more minutes on the other side, or until golden.
  • Scoop and spread the ricotta onto each piece of toast. Place a couple scoops of the mushrooms/asparagus on top. Sprinkle with herbs, lemon zest, and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over the toasts.

Items you can prep ahead (optional)

  • Thinly slice 1 lb mushrooms
  • Trim and cut 8 oz asparagus into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • Chop 1 clove garlic
  • Cook the mushrooms/asparagus mixture
  • Mix together ricotta + zest + salt and pep


  • To make vegan, make my vegan lemon ricotta from my other ricotta toast recipe. Replace the butter with olive oil or a vegan butter.
  • To make gluten-free, use a gluten-free bread.
  • Easily skip the asparagus! 
  • Try with cottage cheese instead of ricotta for a lighter higher protein option.


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer:
    • Mushrooms/asparagus: up to 5 days in the fridge or freezer for up to 2 months
    • Ricotta: up to 7 days in the fridge

Leftovers + Repurposing:

  • Leftover cooked veg can be added to scrambled eggs, bowls, tacos/quesadillas, etc…
  • Dollop leftover ricotta on top of veggies, bowls, and pasta.

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