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Protein Packed, Awesome Mushroom Kale Pasta

Author - Gena Hamshaw


  • 8 ounces dry pasta of choice (I love orecchiette for this recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 13 ounces (1 package) SweetEarth Foods Awesome Grounds
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms of choice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped kale (fresh or frozen and microwaved according to package instructions before adding)
  • 3-4 tablespoons cashew cream (optional)
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • salt and crushed red pepper, to taste
  • vegan parmesan or grated cheese, for topping (optional)


  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. When it's boiling, add the orecchiette (or other pasta) and cook according to package instructions. While the pasta is heating/cooking, heat the oil over medium-low heat in a large, deep skillet. Add the Awesome Grounds. Cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes, or until the grounds turn bright pink and then start to brown slightly. Remove the grounds from the skillet and transfer them to a plate or bowl.
  • Add the onion and mushroom to the skillet and return the heat to medium. Cook the vegetables, stirring often, until the onion is soft and clear and the mushrooms have released their juices and cooked down (7 minutes). Add the garlic and kale, and cook for another 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and soft, stirring frequently.
  • Add the cooked pasta, cashew cream if using, lemon, salt and crushed pepper to the pot. Stir to incorporate the ingredients, then taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Divide the pasta onto plates and top with vegan parmesan or grated cheese if desired.