Kale Mushroom Pasta with Soft Boiled Egg

Kale mushroom pasta recipe with soft boiled egg

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A vegetarian kale mushroom pasta recipe topped with a soft boiled egg and grated pecorino cheese. It’s the perfect balance between healthy and indulgent.



1 bunch lacinto kale

13 ounces assorted mushrooms (suggestions: crimini, chanterelle, maitake (also known as hen of the woods) or oyster)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

6 soft boiled eggs

5 tablespoons butter, divided

2 cloves garlic (1 teaspoon), minced

16 ounces dry pasta

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated


  1. Prep the ingredients: The most important thing for this recipe is to prep everything and have it organized so it will all be done cooking at the same time. Start by filling a large pot with water (for the pasta) and a medium-sized pot with water (for the eggs). Wash, de-stem and chop the kale and set aside. Slice the mushrooms. Pick the thyme leaves off their stems.
  2. Place the eggs in the medium-sized pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil for exactly 6 minutes and drain. Run with cold water to stop the cooking.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 6 to 8 minutes, until they are soft and dark. Finally, add the remaining butter to the pan and cook, stirring frequently until butter browns, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Bring large pot of generously salted water to a boil and cook according to package directions. Drain, reserving pasta water.
  5. Add the kale and thyme to the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale wilts, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water. Cook 1 to 2 more minutes, until pasta is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Gently peel the soft boiled eggs.
  7. Plate the pasta, garnish with pecorino romano cheese and top with a soft boiled egg.


See post text for tips on cooking perfect dry pasta and more details about cooking with mushrooms.