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Rachael's Pasta with Portobellos, Cherry Tomatoes and Dark Greens

Rachael's Pasta with Portobellos, Cherry Tomatoes and Dark Greens


  • ½ cup ried porcini mushrooms

  • 1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 4 arge Portobello mushrooms, wiped clean with damp towel, trimmed of tough stems, scraped of gills, halved and sliced or chopped into small-bite pieces

  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed and sliced or chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • One 15-ounce can Italian cherry tomatoes or diced tomatoes

  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes or Calabrian chili paste, optional

  • 1 small bunch kale or chard, stemmed and shredded

  • 1 pound gemelli, penne or farro/whole grain short-cut pasta

  • Grated pecorino or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, to toss and pass at table


Place porcini and stock in a small pot and simmer over low flame to plump mushrooms and flavor stock.

Heat a large pot of water to boil for pasta.

Heat EVOO over medium-high heat with oil, about 1/3 cup, and add the mushrooms. Brown the mushrooms to fragrant and deeply golden, add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper, then stir 2 minutes, add tomatoes, chili and wilt in greens. Reduce heat under sauce and add the reconstituted porcinis and reserved stock.

Cook pasta to 1-2 minutes less than package directions for al dente in well-salted water. Reserve ½ cup pasta water and transfer pasta to sauce and combine with cooking water and cheese, adjust seasonings to taste.