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Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula, Lemon, and Walnuts

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This dish was so quick to throw together that the key was to have all of the ingredients prepped and measured out before starting. Then, it literally came together in the amount of time it took to cook the pasta.

The resulting dish had the flavors of a great arugula pesto, but tasted much lighter with the barely wilted arugula and bright lemon flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Thinly Sliced
  • ¼ teaspoons Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Zest
  • 6 ounces, weight Whole Wheat Pasta (spaghetti Or Angel Hair Would Work Best)
  • 3 ounces, weight Baby Arugula
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Pepper
  • Juice Of Half A Lemon
  • ¼ cups Walnuts, Toasted And Roughly Chopped
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan, For Serving

Preparation

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and red chili flakes. Cook for about 10 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary, until the garlic is just lightly browned and the oil is infused. Stir in the lemon zest and remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water until al dente. While the pasta is cooking, place the arugula in a large bowl. Drain the pasta and immediately pour it over the arugula. Add the infused oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss until some of the arugula is just slightly wilted and then add the lemon juice.

Serve topped with the walnuts and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

Recipe loosely adapted from Shutterbean

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andrea on 2.13.2014

My husband and I both loved it!! I will definitely make it again! Quick, easy, and delicious!

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lindaswim20 on 7.5.2013

I made this recipe twice and it is one of my favorite’s. The flavors and textures come together nicely and the lemon adds a refreshing zing! I used whole wheat capellini. This recipe won’t dissapoint you, it is easy to prepare and the fresh ingredients make it light and healthy. Thanks Colleen!!

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