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spaghetti with kale pesto, mushrooms and pangrattato

Spaghetti With Kale Pesto, Mushrooms And Pangrattato

Healthy, filling pasta dish packed full of vegetables. Serves 4.
Author Domestic Gothess


  • 400 g (14 oz) spaghetti
  • 400 g (14 oz) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 130 g (4.5 oz) stale white bread or breadcrumbs
  • 30 g (2 tbsp) butter
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Kale Pesto

  • 75 g (3 oz) pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 200 g (7 oz) kale, roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp or more olive oil
  • handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) parmesan, grated
  • salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet. Drain, reserving the cooking water.
  2. To make the pangrattato, if you are making your own breadcrumbs, blitz the stale bread in a food processor until it forms rough breadcrumbs. Heat the butter in a large frying pan, stir in the breadcrumbs, oregano and a generous grinding of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring regularly, until the crumbs are golden and crispy; remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Heat the tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan, add the mushrooms and cook until tender and the juices have evaporated.
  4. While the mushrooms are cooking, gently toast the pine nuts in a heavy bottomed frying pan then add them to a food processor along with the garlic, kale, olive oil, basil, oregano and a generous amount of seasoning.
  5. Blitz until it forms a thick paste, adding more oil as necessary (I like to use the minimum amount of oil and then thin it out with pasta cooking water). Add the pesto to the mushrooms in the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes and stir in the parmesan.
  6. Add a couple of ladlefuls of the reserved pasta cooking water to the pesto mixture until it forms a saucy consistency, mix in the cooked spaghetti and check the seasoning.
  7. Serve with a generous sprinkling of the pangrattato.