Mushroom and Kale Pasta Bake

Mushroom and Kale Pasta Bake

Posted 2018-05-12 by finyfollow

I have used ricotta in this pasta bake, as well as an egg.

The result was a rich, and healthy meal, and you could increase it to a whole bunch of kale if you have more people. I was only cooking for two people.

This meal heats up beautifully in the microwave and will last several days at least, in the fridge.

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Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

About 175 g penne or other pasta
1 tbsp olive oil
1 very small onion, or shallot, finely chopped
1 - 2 garlic cloves, crushed
Bit of fresh sage, chopped
150 g mushrooms
½ bunch kale, stems removed, thinly sliced
175 g ricotta
1 egg
95 g milk
½ lemon rind
½ lemon juice
50 g Parmesan cheese, grated

  • Preheat the oven to 220°/200° fan forced, and lightly grease a baking dish with olive oil or similar - I used Corning Ware.

  • Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions, and drain it.

  • Meanwhile, heat ¾ tbsp oil in a non stick frying pan and over a medium to high heat.

  • Add the onion and garlic to this hot oil, and cook, stirring for 3 minutes or until the onion is softened.

  • Increase the heat to high and add the sage pieces and mushrooms to the pan, and add some salt and pepper to taste.

  • Cook again, stirring, for about 5 to 6 minutes or until the mushrooms are browned.

  • Transfer this mix to a bowl.

  • Add the remaining olive oil to the pan then add the kale, stirring for a few minutes only, until the kale starts to wilt.

  • Mix the ricotta, eggs, milk, lemon rind and juice in a bowl, and do not worry if the mixture curdles slightly.

  • Add some pepper and salt if required and mix the ricotta mixture, kale and three quarters of the mushroom mixture into the cooked pasta.

  • Stir it all to mix it well, and then transfer to the prepared baking dish.

  • Top this with the remaining mushroom mixture

  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan on top of this.

  • Bake the meal for about 20 minutes or until the top is starting to go a golden brown colour.

  • All it to cool slightly, before serving, and you can serve it with any sort of salad, or nothing at all as it is a balanced meal on it's own.

  • It is also great to heat up at a later date in the microwave.

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