I made this for lunch one day last week and saved just a little bit for my husband to taste as well. While he enjoyed the chipotle flavor in the pasta, he would have been happier without the kale as well. What can I say? You can't win them all! From the unexpected heat of the chipotle pepper to the heartiness of the vegetables, this is a great dish (for ME!) for lunch or dinner. It totally worked in my favor that they weren't the biggest fans, because it meant that I was able to keep the leftovers for myself!
Chipotle Pasta with Kale, Peppers and Mushrooms
Yield: 4-5 servings
8 ounces angel hair pasta
1-2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, sliced into thin strips
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 red bell pepper, sliced into 1" matchsticks
6-8 ounces button or baby bella mushrooms, quartered
Optional: 1 cup chopped kale leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, divided
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup or so of the pasta cooking water, reserved for use as needed
Place a pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Add about a tablespoon of salt to the water and then cook the pasta until it is tender. Scoop out a bit of the cooking water and set it aside prior to draining the pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 4-5 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the bell peppers and mushrooms and stir to combine. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Saute for 2-3 minutes until they are hot and slightly tender, but still a bit crisp.
While the vegetables are finishing, whisk together the cream, the chipotle pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the oregano. Add the cream mixture to the hot skillet and stir to coat the vegetables. Let it cook for about a minute and then add the pasta to the skillet with all of the vegetables. Toss to combine and then continue tossing and stirring the skillet while allowing the sauce to finish thickening for about a minute, until it is coating the pasta and vegetables. Add a splash or two of the pasta water to the skillet, if the pasta seems dry. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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