Linguine with Mushrooms and Kale. I made this colorful symphony for dinner last night, and mama mia! — my taste buds did a happy dance. Fresh lemon juice brightens the works and eliminates any bitterness from the greenery. And should I mention that the dish comes together in about 15 minutes? Here’s the recipe in both video and printable formats:
Linguine with Mushrooms and Kale: The Video Directions
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A Few Notes
A note about the pasta. Feel free to swap out the linguine for the pasta of your choice. Just don’t overcook it. Soggy pasta is dreadful pasta!
A note about the mushrooms. I used “baby ‘bella” mushrooms in my Linguine with Mushrooms and Kale. Regular white button mushrooms will work as well. You can buy both types already sliced at most supermarkets — a big time-saver.
A note about the kale. The small, curly-leaved kale displayed in the video was grown by The Berry Farm in Chatham, NY. Baby kale leaves from the supermarket (usually sold in plastic tubs) are as good.
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And here, for easy reference, is the printable recipe:
Linguine with Mushrooms and Kale
- 16 ounces linguine (or the pasta of your choice)
- butter and olive oil -- a generous tablespoon of each
- 12-16 ounces mushroom (baby 'bella or common button), sliced
- salt and freshly ground black pepper -- a generous pinch of each
- 2 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 8-12 ounces baby kale leaves, stems removed if tough
- The juice of 1 lemon
- red pepper flakes -- a dash or to taste
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Bring a large pot of water to a full boil. When the water boils, add a tablespoon of salt. Then add the pasta and cook just until al dente -- 9 minutes for linguine.
- While the pasta is cooking, place a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the butter and oil to the skillet. When the butter melts, add the mushrooms and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Saute until the mushrooms are brown and most of their liquid has escaped -- about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for just 30-60 seconds.
- Add the kale to the skillet, plus 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Then cover the skillet, and let the kale steam until it barely wilts -- about 1 minute. Then stir in the lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese.
- Drain the pasta, and add to the skillet mixture. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan, and stir gently to combine. Divide among 4 plates and enjoy!