There isn’t a better day suited to comfort food.
Ah, the first Sunday in May.
There isn’t a worse time to be thinking about comfort food.
I really should be thinking about the rising temperatures and how I’m going to squeeze myself into a bathing suit come beach season.
So this past Sunday, I decided to compromise and make something that felt comforting but without using any heavy ingredients.
Creamy Mushroom and Kale Fusilli
4 oz uncooked brown rice fusilli (or pasta of choice)
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
2 cups kale, stems removed and roughly chopped or torn
1/2 T butter
salt+pepper to taste
1/2 cup chicken (or vegetable) broth
2 T low fat milk
1 t cornstarch+1 t water
1/2 oz crumbled feta cheese
1/4-1/2 t red pepper flakes
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-low heat.
3. Add mushrooms and saute for about 10 minutes. Do not salt at this point in the cooking process (the mushrooms will develop better color without the salt).
4. Add kale to the skillet, season with salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
5. Pour broth and milk into the skillet and bring to a gentle bubble, then reduce heat to low.
6. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl and stir until cornstarch is dissolved. Add to the veggie skillet and stir. Allow sauce to thicken until it easily coats the back of a wooden spoon.
7. Add feta to the sauce and stir to allow the cheese to partially melt.
8. Drain pasta and add to the sauce, season with red pepper flakes and toss to combine well.
With brussels sprouts on the side. Obviously. Because we all know that those little cabbages are strangely comfort food to me, too.
My 12 year old self just shuddered.
I calculated the stats on this stuff and a serving only comes to about 330 calories and 10 grams of fat. That’s a heckuva lot better than a creamy pasta you’d order at any restaurant.
And look how creamy!
Let’s just not talk about the whole “using cornstarch is cheating” thing. Because sometimes a girl’s gotta eat a cream sauce without actual cream. And this is America.