I know this is probably sooo last week to some of you, but Billy and I just got back a few minutes ago from the seeing the movie The Fault In Our Stars…and I bawled! I didn’t know the story; I thought this was just a movie about a teen age love story; but it's so much more than that, a couple of times I even had to fight with everything that I had to keep from sobbing out loud which I'm pretty sure would have made everyone else in the theatre uncomfortable. I’m not going to give anything in the movie away, but if you feel like you need a good cry, this movie will do it! BTW the movie was Billy's choice, my big strong man is just a big ol' softy!
Speaking of love stories…If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know of my great long time love affair with pasta, it’s the one food that I eat at least once a week. Well lately I’ve been having a little fling with my newer love, kale. So I brought my two loves together into one dish, and they got along famously! Okay, that just got weird.
Perfectly cooked boxed pasta is delish and convenient, but this dish would also be really good using Fresh Spelt Pasta. I love kale’s earthy flavor, sturdy texture and that it’s loaded with nutrients! Earthy mushrooms are great with kale and creamy cannellini beans have protein and fiber which helps you to feel full for a good long time. This comforting pasta dish is not only a flavorful, healthy meal, but it’s budget friendly too! And I needed that extra dough to get myself a box of tissues cuz I still wanna cry when I think about that movie darn it!
Here’s what you do.
|Add some linguini or spaghetti to boiling salted water and at the same time cook some mushrooms (almost any kind of mushroom will do) with olive oil in a heated skillet (medium-high heat).|
Cook the pasta for a couple of minutes less than the package states so that it's cooked just a little less than al dente.
Remove 1 ½ cups of the cooking water from the pot before draining the pasta.
|When the kale begins to wilt, add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet; cook this for 2 to 3 minutes until the kale is completely wilted and is soft.|
KALE MUSHROOM & WHITE BEAN LINGUINI
¾ box Linguini or spaghetti (a box is 1 pound)
8 oz. Mushrooms, (whatever kind you like) sliced
¼ cup Olive oil, divided use
1 Shallot, minced
2-3 cloves Garlic, minced
8 cups Kale, stems removed and chopped, (about ½ bunch)
1-15 oz. can Cannellini Beans, drained
Salt & pepper to taste
2 pinches Crushed red pepper (optional)
1 ½ cups Reserved pasta cooking liquid
1. Put a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta. Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water, and add the pasta to cook for 2 to 3 minutes less than the package instructions suggest, just a little less than al dente. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water. Drain the cooked pasta, return it to the pot and toss it with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking to itself.
2. While the pasta is cooking; heat a tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms to the oil. When the mushrooms are browned on one side, stir in the shallots, garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a bit more oil if needed. Stir frequently. When the shallots have softened, add the remainder of the olive oil, kale, and the cannellini beans; season with another pinch of salt & pepper as well as the crushed red pepper (optional). Cook stirring for 2 to 3 minutes, just until the kale wilts; add the cannellini beans and about a ½ cup of the reserved pasta water and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes until the kale softens.
3. Add the cooked kale, mushrooms, and beans to the pot with the pasta, stir in about ½ cup of the reserved pasta water and cook over medium to medium-high heat, stirring continuously until the pasta is completely cooked to your liking, add more pasta water if needed to keep the pasta from being to dry.
If you like, top with Parmesan cheese.