My recipe for Lemon Pasta with Arugula is based on Ina Garten's. I have put my twist on it. I like tiny pieces of broccoli so it doesn't overpower the dish. You can add any fresh vegetable to make it your own. It pairs well with steak and chicken-added in or on the side. Add more olive oil and less cream to cut the heaviness of the dish. You can also replace the arugula with fresh basil leaves. I see another recipe coming! Enjoy.
- 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 lemons
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound pasta (linguine, penne, fusilli or bow tie)
- 1/2 pound baby arugula (or 2 bunches of common arugula, leaves cut in thirds)
- 1/2 cup broccoli, tiny florets
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic, and cook for 60 seconds.
- Add the cream, the zest from 2 lemons, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
- Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until it starts to thicken.
- Meanwhile, cut the broccoli in florets and discard the stem.
- Cook the florets in a pot of boiling salted water for 1 minute until tender but still firm. Drain the broccoli and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the pasta, and cook according to the directions on the package, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Drain the pasta in a colander and place it back into the pot. Immediately add the cream mixture and cook it over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until most of the sauce has been absorbed in the pasta.
- Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl, add the arugula, Parmesan, tomatoes, and cooked broccoli.
- Cut the last lemon in half lengthwise, slice it 1/4-inch thick crosswise, and add it to the pasta. Toss well, season to taste.
Also, if you want your dish more creamy then double the sauce ingredients OR add 1/2 the sauce before the final step.