Weeknight Mushroom and Kale Pasta

30 Reviews / 4.9 Average
Here's a great quick and easy weeknight dinner that even if you or your family isn't a fan of mushrooms, you might be surprised. This Mushroom and Kale Pasta is so tasty and pairs well with a simple side salad.
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This is one of those dishes where my 6-year-old will yell from upstairs, “Mommy, what are you making?!? It smells sooooo good down there!” That girl loves to eat good food, and I love to make it, which makes us a perfect match. This recipe is also the only time I’ve ever seen my 8-year-old actually eat mushrooms and somewhat enjoy them.

See, even though I know she “doesn’t like” mushrooms, I make them anyway and just try to serve them different ways in different dishes. And once in a blue moon, all that hard work pays off when they eat (and enjoy) something new – score!

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  1. Hello! Making this tonight using fresh mushrooms. I’m guessing I’d skip step 1 and just cook the fresh mushrooms with the onions in Step 2? Thanks! :)

  2. This is incredible! Best easy creamy pasta recipe ever. I couldn’t find dried, so I used fresh mushrooms and Mushroom stock! I recommend adding some shredded deli ham or pre cooked salmon on top.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. You can. Another reader above added vegetable stock since you wouldn’t be adding the reserved mushroom stock.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this last night and I was a little worry because it looked like it wasn’t turning out right. It turned out great! So Good! Ran out of kale this week but still had some spinach and used that instead. I’m currently participating in pledge and want to say thank you for all these awesome meal recipes!

  4. This is absolutely delicious…..my husband, who is a meat lover, could not stop eating it!!! I used fresh mushrooms so used vegetable stock.

  5. Loved this. Made it tonight. Served to 8 year old daughter and 10 year old son. My son asked if he could take the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Husband wasn’t a fan, but only because he tends not to favor most creamy pasta dishes.
    This was delicious!!!! Thank you for posting on FB this week. It was my grocery shopping day so I was able to grab the dried mushrooms. YAY for a new recipe in my pocket!

  6. This is one of my favorite recipes from this blog! My extremely picky 4 year old even loves it! i will definitely be adding this into the rotation.

  7. I really wanted to love this, but we didn’t :( I wanted to have a weeknight dinner that didn’t have any meat and I thought this would satisfy my creamy craving for pasta which I never make. I don’t know if I didn’t let the wine evaporate enough, but the wine taste was too strong for me, my husband, and kids. They just ate the pasta. I even added bacon, hoping the bacon would add that yummy flavor. The mushrooms soaked up too much wine :( Maybe next time, I’ll just omit.

  8. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I used fresh crimini mushrooms and vegetable broth. Also substituted white onion for shallots (all I had).

  9. Is it okay to substitute frozen Kale for the fresh? Fresh Kale is virtually impossible to find here, however, our commissary has the frozen.

      1. 5 stars
        This was amazing!! I used frozen kale, fresh mushrooms, and chickpea pasta. Everything else was exactly the same. And it was easy too. This recipe is a keeper!!

  10. I’m curious why your recipes call for dried mushrooms so often? They are very expensive in Canada ($8 for 25 grams!)

  11. I assume there is an easy way to adjust this recipe so i can use fresh mushrooms instead. Can i try adding some chicken broth? if so, how much would you add?

  12. 5 stars
    I have been wanting to try this, I had some leftover BEET GREENS that needed to be used, and this was just perfect!!! The whole family honestly LOVED it, and my littlest carnivore kept asking for more!!!
    I only had a little bit of dried mushrooms, so I used those along with baby portabellas. I also didn’t have heavy cream, so I made a roux with flour and added milk/halfnhalf. This was amazing really!

  13. 5 stars
    I just made this with fresh mushrooms and chicken broth for the liquid…it is so good! My 4 year old likes the mushrooms and kale! Thanks for the recipe..its one of the best things I’ve ever made!

  14. 5 stars
    This was really good and easy to make! My 5-year old requested the leftovers be sent to school for lunch. I used fresh white mushrooms since our local stores’ dried selection scares me. I followed someone’s advice and added a cup of vegetable broth in place of the mushroom juice. Very tasty! Will definitely make again!

  15. Made this tonight for the first time and wow it was delicious! I also made a few substitutions; b/c I used button mushrooms (they were on sale and organic – had to have them!) I used a mushroom based stock (also organic) since there was no mushroom liquid to use; plain goat yogurt and some almond milk for the cream as I am dairy free(did end up thickening it a bit with brown rice flour and potato starch – am also gluten free); organic kale, but also used up some spinach I had in the fridge and some of the really large mustard greens leaves and chives out of my garden, so it became a “Mushroom and Assorted Greens Pasta” :) I didn’t want to open a full bottle of wine so used a smaller bottle of apple cider (that my husband makes) which worked out great! No subs for the garlic, just used extra. I did add in some leftover chicken to stem the complaints of the males in the house hold, altho it was negligable. I will definitely make this again!

  16. Wonder if substittuting Marsala wine would be good in it, too! I think I would like fresh mushrooms and maybe add some onions as well. Lots of good ideas coming from seeing this! Thanks.

  17. 5 stars
    So I always love all of Lisa’s recipes, but I was skeptical to say the least that my girls would even touch this. I made a big deal about all of the hard work (not true it’s super easy) I put into making this special white sauce and that I’d like them to try it. So they did and they ate it. They weren’t jumping up or down but they ate enough to satisfy me and they each had a bite or two of kale! Yipee! I subbed veg broth for the mushrooms and ran out of heavy cream so I used about 1/4 c and added some greek yogurt. I also only had sweet white wine. Worked anyhow! I’m excited to try it as written too. But nice to have such a flexible recipe!

  18. @Ashley. If you go to Food.com and enter the information, it will calulate the nutritional info for you ;). I too am following WW, so it’s nice to have the option.

  19. 4 stars
    I made this tonight and yum! But I’d like to know the nutrition facts if anyone has them? (I’m doing WW and need to calculate my points. : / )