Lemon Arugula Pasta

Your favorite pasta is tossed with lemon juice and zest as well as arugula and olive oil and then topped with a shower of shredded Parmesan cheese.  This Lemon Arugula Pasta is the answer to getting dinner on the table quickly with minimal effort and without heating up your kitchen.  

Lemon Arugula Pasta | Melanie Makes

Last week I turned the air off to enjoy the un-Summer like temperatures that had blown into Cleveland.  Nightly lows that hit the high 40s and daily highs that barely reached 70 degrees.  It was heavenly!  Although this is where I also admit I then flew to Sacramento for a couple of days to enjoy highs of 100+.  ACK!

The last thing I want to do when the weather warms up is to heat up my kitchen making dinner.  To be honest, I don’t particularly care to spend much time in the kitchen when I’d rather be in the backyard playing with my children or tackling some type of yard work.  Which by the way, does anyone know the secret to keeping weeds out of my flower beds?

Lemon Arugula Pasta | Melanie Makes

This Lemon Arugula Pasta is the answer to getting dinner on the table quickly with minimal effort and without heating up your kitchen.  Win, win, win!  Better yet, I typically have all of the ingredients on hand in my fridge and pantry.

Lemon Arugula Pasta | Melanie Makes

Your favorite pasta – I’m a sucker for rigatoni! –  is tossed with lemon juice and zest as well as arugula and olive oil and then topped with a shower of shredded Parmesan cheese.  Have extra greens from this week’s CSA box?  They’d make a great substitute!

Lemon Arugula Pasta | Melanie Makes

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Lemon Arugula Pasta
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces pasta
  • 5 ounces arugula, washed and drained
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In large bowl, combine arugula, lemon zest and juice and olive oil.
  3. Drain pasta and immediately toss with arugula mixture.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Lemon Arugula Pasta | Melanie Makes

This easy recipe is sure to please!  My six year old absolutely loves it and eagerly asks for a second helping whenever this recipe lands on our weekly meal plan.

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh this looks fresh and good….

  2. I seriously can’t get enough of dishes like this. I’m always amazed what a little lemon and Parmesan can do. I think we might have missed the unseasonably cool temperatures. It’s been hot and humid this week! Although, not 100 degrees hot, so I’m not complaining!

    • I know, I was this close to turning the air back off but it’s supposed to be 80 tomorrow and I checkened out. What happened to me?

  3. I frequently shower in Parmesan cheese. I guess I could save some for my pasta next time? xo

  4. Great refreshing pasta with little spice. I like that you added the olive oil and parmesan cheese.

  5. I am obsessed with this Melanie!! I’m such a carb-aholic and anything with lemon and some salad in it? I’m all over it!!!

  6. Ooh! Such a delicious recipe. I have got to try this one soon.

    • I have the ingredients on hand for an impromptu lunch featuring this recipe this week. Here’s hoping I don’t have to share too much with my six year old!

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