Ramen with Sautéed Pork, Shiitake Mushrooms and Kale

I love making ad hoc dishes, made entirely of ingredients I have on hand at home.  Ramen is a fantastic canvas for creating a really satisfying, quick meal and this recipe is a favorite of mine! Plus, kale or any dark leafy green, adds plenty of nutrients and a healthy kick to this dish. Yes, ramen can be made healthy[ish]!

 

Ramen with Sautéed Pork, Shiitake Mushrooms and Kale

Ingredients

  • 1 package beef ramen
  • 1 boneless pork chop, sliced in half lengthwise [about 8oz.] seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 4-5 leaves of kale [I used red kale, but any will work], leaves roughly torn up
  • 4-6oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper [plus red pepper flakes if you like a little spice]

Directions

  • Heat butter on medium. Once melted, add garlic and mushrooms, stirring to combine.  Allow the mushrooms to brown, stirring occasionally [2-3 minutes]. Add kale and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan, add the pork chop and cook 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and add water to deglaze the pan.  Bring the water to a boil and add the ramen and the flavor packet it comes with [though that's optional if you don't want all that sodium!]. Cook for a couple minutes and turn off the heat.  Slice the pork into strips or cubes and add everything back to the pan and stir together.  Serve immediately. Serves 2