Creamy Mushroom Pasta with baby kale

Lunch / Dinner

Creamy Mushroom Pasta with baby kale

The savory, meaty flavors of mushrooms abound in this great-tasting Creamy Mushroom Pasta with baby kale. And the recipe comes together fairly quickly and easily — you’ve gotta love that.

But there’s more to love about mushrooms — they’re good for you, too. Not only are they naturally low in sodium, fat, cholesterol, and calories, they’re high in B vitamins, are one of the few nonanimal sources of vitamin D, and are an excellent source of selenium (a powerful antioxidant). Mushrooms also have anti-inflammatory capabilities, are immunity boosters, and have cancer-fighting properties among other things. All in all, mushrooms are a tasty, good thing.


6 servings (8 cups)

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Casarecce [cah-sah-rech-ee] means homemade in Italian and have the look of rolled up scrolls. If you can’t find them, penne or cavatelli make an OK substitute.


Cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain pasta.

Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add half the mushrooms and cook until brown and liquid nearly evaporates, about 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a bowl. Repeat cooking and seasoning with 3 Tbsp. butter and remaining mushrooms; transfer to same bowl.

Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in same pan over medium heat; add shallots, garlic, and thyme and sweat until shallots soften, about 2 minutes.

Deglaze pan with wine, scraping up any brown bits. Cook until wine nearly evaporates.

Stir in cream, crème fraîche, and zest; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer sauce 2 minutes. Add kale, cover pan, and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Return mushrooms to pan; stir in pasta water until sauce reaches desired consistency. Off heat, stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Toss pasta with sauce; top with additional Parmesan.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 493

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 32g 49%

Saturated Fat 20g 100%

Cholesterol 93mg 31%

Sodium 118mg 4%

Carbs 37g 12%

Protein 12g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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