Bacon, Mushroom & Kale Pasta

This post is all about finding kale in Manila. I’ve eaten kale in the US and I liked it. I even made baked kale chips once. Until recently I couldn’t find kale in any supermarket.

I know there are local suppliers of kale in Manila but so far I haven’t found it yet. I guess they don’t have enough to supply supermarkets since it’s in high demand in restaurants. I was happy to find this pack of imported Earthbound Farm Organic Kale in S&R for P300. 
Kale in Manila

This is baby kale and it’s tender and not bitter like the more mature varieties that need to be cooked or chopped finely for salads. For this salad I added some Romaine and Lollo Rosso greens as well as blue cheese and a honey vinaigrette. Simple but delicious. 

Kale salad with dried cranberries & blue cheese

The next day I brought the same salad with addition of beef & dried cranberries to work. 

Sukiyaki steak salad

My container of kale has been sitting in the refrigerator for a few days and I was worried it was going to spoil soon so I decided to make pasta with kale. I love cooking pasta because I just look for whatever ingredients I have on hand and cook freestyle. I had half a box of maccheroni, Mr. D’s applewood smoked bacon, a pack of portabello baby mushroom and Parmesan cheese and that seemed enough for a good pasta dish. 

ingredients for pasta

Cook the bacon until crisp. Pour off all the rendered bacon fat except for a teaspoon. 

frying bacon

Add some olive oil in the pan and cook the minced garlic. Be careful not to brown them. 


Add in the sliced mushroom and sautĂ© over medium-high heat. 

sauteeing musrhoom

 Add the kale and cook until leaves are wilted. 

adding kale to mushroom

I added half a cup of dry white wine. Let the liquid reduce by half over medium-high heat. 

reduce wine

Transfer the cooked pasta, grated Parmesan cheese and bacon to the mushroom and kale in the pan. Mix well and transfer to a serving plate. 

add pasta, cheese & bacon to pasta

I really liked how this pasta dish came out. It didn’t need any sauce but I reserved some pasta water to add when I reheated the leftovers the next day. The pasta was very flavorful from the smokey, salty bacon and the kale and mushrooms. This is a healthier way to have pasta. No cream or any sauce and I guarantee you won’t miss it. 

Bacon, Mushroom & Kale pasta
Bacon, Mushroom & Kale pasta


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