Weeknight Mushroom and Kale Pasta

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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. Sounds delicious! Mushrooms were a food I HATED as a child – until my first year of university when I decided it was high time I grow up and learn to like them. Now I can’t imagine ever wanting them out of my diet.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Connie. We do not provide calorie/nutrition info on our recipes. Our goal here is to get people off the processed stuff and, in turn, eating real food. We do not focus on numbers. Most people find themselves eating less when they are eating real because it is far more satisfying and often more nutritious than something you might eat out of a box or a can. :) ~Amy

  2. I read this and decided on the spot to make it tonight since I had most ingredients in my pantry. I’m trying hard to like kale and thought it sounded like a way to make it a little more palatable to me. I really enjoyed but made some tweaks based on what I had: used fresh mushrooms and chicken broth instead of the wine and mushroom reserve. I also blistered some cherry tomatoes (Harris-Teeter had them on the weekend e-vic sale and I’d stocked up) and I also added some white beans for additional protein, and some basil, oregano and smoked paprika. I thought it was delicious and am looking forward to some of the “planned overs” for breakfast tomorrow. A good kale recipe, yay!!

  3. Wondering the calorie count on this, if it has heavy cream and pasta in it I would not consider this to be that healthy of a meal. Don’t get me wrong the veggies are good!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Berry. I’m copying you on my response for a similar concern: “Our goal here is to get people off the processed stuff and, in turn, eating real food. We do not focus on numbers. Most people find themselves eating less when they are eating real because it is far more satisfying and often more nutritious than something you might eat out of a box or a can.” ~Amy

  4. Sounds so much like what we were preparing for dinner, except my husband is vegan, so we added some wine, and I will serve mine with parmesan. I am drooling!

  5. Made this for dinner. It was really good and my kids loved it. I used regular mushrooms and chicken broth instead of the mushroom reserve and ended up tasting great. Thanks for the new recipe!
    I don’t know if you noticed, but in your recipe you put add heavy kale and cream. Im sure you meant it the other way. :) Although I did add extra kale. :)

  6. This sounds delicious, but are you not concerned with using wine? I am not a wine drinker, but the few bottles of wine that I have looked at, don’t list the ingredients? Is there a way to know what’s in your wine? Aren’t sulfites often added to wine? I would love some input. :)

    1. There are some organic wines where they will list no sulfites added and the wines from Europe tend to not have as much.

  7. I know this has probably been asked before, but I’m relatively new here. Do you ever post the nutritional information for your recipes, and if not, why not?

  8. Lisa! Mushrooms are eeking their way into our meals as well. My 4 year old picked them out at the store a few months ago as her “treat” (what? my thoughts as well) so..of course I bought them and made her try one. She literally threw it up. But for Christmas this year she got an organic mini mushroom box that you water and now the mushrooms are exploding out of the box and she is DYING to eat them!! Now I have a good recipe to use them in. Thanks!

  9. I’m sorry, my phone is posting befire I am finished!!
    Anyway, any suggestions for whole foods eating while stuck there?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Courtney. Sorry, getting to this after the fact. Hope you found some decent eats. :) ~Amy

  10. Hello! My sister and I are followers of your blog and fb page.
    I’m going to be stuck in the Charlotte airport overnight, due to a cancelled flight to Indianapolis.

  11. I’ve never cooked with wine but I’d like to start. Is there any brand or specific type of wine that’s best for cooking?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Jessica. Not really. Just look for a dry red and a dry white. You can find organic wines, too. ~Amy

  12. your recipe instructions say add heavy kale, so move heavy in front of cream.

    Can’t wait to get the Cookbook, Congrats all!!

  13. I truly love your blog. I’ve been reading it for a little over 2 years now. But I have a hard time finding some of the ingredients you require. A lot of your answers are to look at your local health food stores. Well…where I live in PA, there really aren’t many health food stores. Closest is over 45 mins away. At one point a Wegman’s was going to be built close by (Probably the closest thing to a health food store around here), but couldn’t because they were short so many acres that’s required. This is mostly a venting comment on my situation. Poor me, I know. lol

    1. Tiffany – have you ever tried FreshDirect.com? I personally haven’t, but I have a colleague that is vegan/gluten-free/organic-only, and he uses it all the time. Not sure what pricing is like, but might be worth a try.

    2. I’m with you! We have a weird little grocery store (think rotten potatoes, 2 aisles of chips & nothing organic) 10 minutes from us. The “real” supermarket is 20 minutes north and the co-op is 15 minutes past that. & the closet health food store is 20 minutes in the opposite direction. :( But try http://www.localharvest.com

    3. Tiffany,
      My Son and Daughter-in-Law use a company called Door to Door Organics. They are based in Pa. I believe, and have a website that you can put in your Zip to see if they deliver to your area.
      They have produce, groceries and even meat!

      1. Thank you for letting us know about this. My mother lives in PA and was complaining that there wasn’t an CSA that would deliver. This doesn’t look completely like local produce but it’s all organic and that’s a step in the direction for her! YAY! Thank you!!

  14. I don’t cook with alcolhol. I know there isn’t anything that will sub for white wine exactly, but does anyone know of a good option? Thanks!

    1. My regular grocery store carries dried mushrooms in the produce department. They’re sold in little bags on a rack, not in bulk.

  15. There are a couple of things you can try. My daughter can’t have dairy, either. I have used almond milk thickened with cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca powder to sub for cream in sauces- you have to play with your amounts and thickeners and stir constantly, just like making a white sauce with dairy. For cream, a really good vegan substitute is pureed silken tofu. You can even make desserts with it! 3/4 cup of heavy cream adds a lot of fat, cholesterol, and calories.

    1. Jasmine, when substiting the silken tofu for the heavy cream do you use the same amount of tofu as you would have the heavy cream? Also what kind do you use (firm, soft, etc) thanks :)

  16. I find coconut milk usually works great instead of cream. We are on limited dairy in our house. Greek yogurt and sour cream usually work well too, cut with a little water or broth.

    1. The reason I love dried mushrooms in this recipe is because of the wonderful broth you end up with after you bring them back to life…that right there would honestly be hard to replace with something else. Plus I find much more variety when purchasing dried mushrooms (vs. fresh), which I like to switch things up.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Lisa. It is not a substitution that we have tried. If you do, please share how it turns out. ~Amy

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Emily. It is difficult to substitute for mushrooms (that great umami flavor). Beef broth is a good flavor substitute but I think you could try any vegetable in this dish. ~Amy

  17. Any way to sub cream for something vegan? My daughter can’t have dairy. Butter is easy.. We use earth’s balance but the cream…

  18. I think you could use plain Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. That’s what I would try. Sometimes I just use milk, but I think the yogurt would work and be better than milk.

  19. I sub heavy cream with greek yogurt very often. Absolutely delicious. Cant wait to try this. Where do you find dried mushrooms?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Ashley. You can usually find them in the bulk foods section in stores like Whole Foods. When looking in a conventional grocery, I’ve found them in random places. It might be best to just ask a clerk. ~Amy

      1. My son has shown a sensitivity to heavy cream sometimes. I haven’t tried it in a several months d/t his reaction (instant hives and itching).