Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan |


Today’s recipe is one that I’ve made in my kitchen at least 100 times.

It’s nothing fancy.  It’s not filled with trendy ingredients.  It’s not particularly healthy (or unhealthy).  It’s certainly not difficult to make.  And it’s definitely not going to win any beauty awards with food styling.  But oh my goodness, for some reason, I absolutely love this simple pasta.

I actually shared this recipe on the blog a few years ago.  But after making it again the other day for the zillionth time, I thought it might be worth bumping it back to the top of the blog to share with you once more.  Maybe I’m the only one who loves it so much.  But whenever life gets busy and I find myself craving a bowl of carb-y comfort food, this easy pasta is my go-to indulgence.  It’s ridiculously easy to make, it calls for 5 simple ingredients that I almost always have on hand, it’s remarkably flavorful with such few ingredients, it’s easy to customize with extra ingredients if you’d like, and — in my long history with this dish — it always hits the spot.

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan |

I’ve tinkered around with the dish a bit over the years — trying out different cheeses (I was big into huge shaves of Parmesan 3 years ago when I first photographed this dish), subbing in different kinds of pastas (DeLallo’s whole wheat is always a fav), pouring a splash of white wine into the sauce, or adding in other proteins and veggies (sauteed shrimp and asparagus are always a good idea).

But most of the time, I really just love making this dish with 5 very simple ingredients:
Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan |

  • good-quality olive oil
  • tons of fresh baby arugula (the more the merrier)
  • pasta (I’ll admit, I go old-school and treat myself to semolina pasta for this dish)
  • lots of freshly-grated Parmesan
  • and just about as much thinly-sliced garlic as you can take (the more, the merrier for me!)

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan |

To make the dish, simply cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of generously-salted water.  (Don’t skip the salt — it’s essential for bringing out the delicious flavor in the pasta!)

Then while your pasta is cooking, saute your garlic in the olive oil (or melted butter) until it is just lightly golden.  Add the garlic and oil to the pasta once it has been cooked and drained — along with tons of arugula and Parmesan — and toss it all until combined.

(Also, if I happen to have toasted pine nuts on hand, I’ll toss them in for an extra treat!)

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan |

And then voila — in less than 30 minutes, this deliciousness will be ready to go.
Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan |

Again, to many, it may be nothing extraordinary.  And because of that, I hesitated even posting it on the blog in the first place.  But hey — this lil’ blog is the place where I share things that I love.  So behold, one of my loves.  :)

Hope that you may find it as comforting and delightful as I do.

Linguini with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan

A quick and easy 5-ingredient pasta dish that's packed with great flavor!


  • 12 ounces linguine or other dried pasta
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 7 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 very large handfuls (about 5 ounces) baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded or shaved Parmesan, plus extra for topping
  • (optional: 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts)


Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot of generously salted water according to package instructions.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil (or melt the butter) in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until it begins to turn just slightly golden. Remove from heat.  (And if the pasta is not yet ready, transfer the garlic to a separate dish to prevent it from overcooking.)

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it. Then immediately stir in the garlic and olive oil mixture, arugula, and Parmesan cheese.  Toss until combined.

Serve immediately, topped with extra Parmesan cheese (and toasted pine nuts, if using).

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Leave a Comment:


  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 23, 2013 @ 6:52 am (#)

    I love everything about this pasta!! Our favorite go-to is sausage, kale and fire roasted tomatoes. :)

  2. Judith — January 23, 2013 @ 7:14 am (#)

    Oh my goodness that looks wonderful. Going to try it next time in place of MY favorite go-to recipe, spaghettini with garlic, green olives, tomatoes and parmesan.

  3. Clem — January 23, 2013 @ 7:35 am (#)

    This looks great! My new favorite pasta dish is pumpkin penne with arugula and mushrooms (and I just posted the recipe today, what are the odds!)

    I totally agree with you about the food blogger thing: I also eat a lot of very simple meals. This will be one of them :)

  4. Kathryn — January 23, 2013 @ 7:36 am (#)

    I love how simple this is & I love seeing how people eat ‘behind the blog’. We tend to go for simple meals like this more often than not because they’re quick and delicious and make us happy.

  5. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — January 23, 2013 @ 7:43 am (#)

    Love these kind of meals! Greens and pasta, I’ll take it now please!

  6. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 23, 2013 @ 9:01 am (#)

    This looks so fancy and so not like the quick meals I make (like popcorn or frozen burritos. The shame. :))! Going to have to try this soon.

  7. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 23, 2013 @ 9:15 am (#)

    That looks utterly amazing! Wish we were neighbors…. ;)

  8. Peter — January 23, 2013 @ 9:31 am (#)

    That sounds yummy.

    My favorite quick recipe at the moment is to poach eggs, but instead of poaching them in water I use Marinara Sauce. The sauce is thicker and means the eggs hold together easier. 6 minutes in the sauce and they are done. I then serve them on pasta or toast with some Parmesan on top!

  9. taylor @ taylormade — January 23, 2013 @ 9:47 am (#)

    Pretty sure I could eat this every day. I love simple pasta recipes, and you can’t go wrong with arugula, garlic, and parmesan. Yum!

  10. little kitchie — January 23, 2013 @ 9:57 am (#)

    This is totally my kinda meal. Simple and perfect. Pretty pictures!!

  11. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — January 23, 2013 @ 10:08 am (#)

    Pasta is often my go to meal when I’m in a pinch. It’s quick, my kids love it and I always have something on hand to throw in and make it a meal!

  12. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 23, 2013 @ 10:11 am (#)

    This is my kind of meal! I could eat this every day.

  13. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 23, 2013 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    Its beautiful! And Im ALWAYS looking for quick & delicious meals! By the end of the day, my littles ones are to cranks for me to spend hours making dinner..this is perfect!

  14. fabiola@notjustbaked — January 23, 2013 @ 12:25 pm (#)

    This is so true. I love a quick meal, like this pasta. My version is about the same. It usually is spinach, cheese, garlic, and olive oil. Whatever green I have in the fridge is going in the pasta. Super easy and delicious.

  15. Anna @ Hidden Ponies — January 23, 2013 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    I love simple, classic comfort food like this. Pasta is definitely my go-to quick meal!

  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 23, 2013 @ 2:40 pm (#)

    Love the flavors of this pasta!

  17. Julie @ Table for Two — January 23, 2013 @ 5:02 pm (#)

    haha! i like when everyone thinks i eat “really great,” remember that one time 4 bloggers went to Wendy’s?! hahah oh man, good times!! this looks like a simple, easy dinner during the week! lovely colors :)

  18. Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 23, 2013 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    Haha! I love this! I have a post for Friday that is something that I actually eat all of the time. I love simple pasta dishes too. Now I’m hungry for arugula!

  19. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 23, 2013 @ 11:42 pm (#)

    Umm yumm, pasta is always a go to in my house. The kids love the noodles and sometimes if it’s with tomato sauce I actually urge them to compete against each other to see who can get the messiest face. This is usually when my wife is travelling I might add….

  20. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 24, 2013 @ 12:35 am (#)

    I am definitely in love with the simplicity of this! And I so know what you mean about not having time to eat the lavish meals that everyone thinks we eat. I don’t cook on the weekdays at all so it’s usually cereal dinners for me. Looks like that’s about to change with this dish here – WHOO HOO! :)

  21. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 24, 2013 @ 7:58 am (#)

    Whoa! So easy. And looks lovely!

  22. a farmer in the dell — January 27, 2013 @ 10:54 pm (#)

    what a lovely and simple pasta dish.

  23. Jessica — February 19, 2013 @ 1:17 pm (#)

    Happy to have found this. This will be Thursdays meal. I love pasta with greens. Oooh, arugula would go good with go to lemon and pea pasta

  24. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 16, 2015 @ 7:23 am (#)

    Such a simple and tasty treat! This looks great!

  25. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — October 16, 2015 @ 8:05 am (#)

    I love easy and quick pasta recipes like this one ;-) Pinned!

  26. Becki — October 16, 2015 @ 10:22 am (#)

    Love easy pasta dishes like this – they usually are my favorites, too.  I love arugula in salads but have never really added it to anything else.  I will have to try this next time I make some pasta – yum!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 16, 2015 @ 11:31 am (#)

      Thanks Becki, we hope you enjoy! :)

  27. Happy Valley Chow — October 17, 2015 @ 5:34 pm (#)

    Boy oh boy does that look delicious! Fantastic recipe and I love the pictures :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 18, 2015 @ 12:41 pm (#)

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy it! :)

  28. Chefina — October 18, 2015 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    Hi, I would like to know how much carbs are in this recipe. I’am in a low carb diet.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 19, 2015 @ 8:11 am (#)

      Hi there! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  29. Paige Blackburn — October 19, 2015 @ 8:17 am (#)

    Oh my… these pictures and simplicity make me run straight to the kitchen :) I will only add some more parmesan (because I love it) and surprise my family with this lovely meal. Thank you for the amazing recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20, 2015 @ 2:15 pm (#)

      Haha, thanks Paige, we hope you and your family enjoy! :)

  30. Kelly — October 19, 2015 @ 7:54 pm (#)

    This looks soooo good. There really is something so comforting about noodles, and the fact that it’s fast, easy and cheap? Even better!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 21, 2015 @ 11:23 am (#)

      Thanks Kelly, we hope you love it!

  31. nicole — October 20, 2015 @ 8:54 am (#)

    this is such a beautiful dish! it may not be the most complex, but sometimes we need a good simple recipe to make on a low-key night. thanks for sharing, your recipes are a favorite for my mom and myself!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20, 2015 @ 2:35 pm (#)

      Thanks Nicole, that’s so sweet of you! And yes, sometimes simple is better (at least once in awhile), eh? ;)

  32. Dagny — November 1, 2015 @ 7:30 am (#)

    I love this pasta.It looks like my kind of meal, all what I love is there. Thank you so much for this recipe. I will try this for sure!!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 2, 2015 @ 8:22 am (#)

      Yay, we hope you love it Dagny!

  33. Gavin — November 3, 2015 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    Great recipe, this is a hit because it’s how great pasta dishes should be, with just a few ingredients, and let those few ingredients have a voice!

    One of my favourite pasta dishes is spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino, which is just olive oil, garlic and chilli, so simple, yet so perfect. I find the key with that is to cook the garlic on a low heat, so it really gets the flavour into the oil and completely avoids any of the bitterness that comes with overcooked garlic.

    Anyway, I’ll give this a go next week :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 4, 2015 @ 12:07 pm (#)

      Thank you Gavin, we hope you’ll love it! Sometimes the simplest pastas are the best, eh? :)

  34. JKS — November 7, 2015 @ 11:25 am (#)

    I don’t have any of those newfangled social media connections, but I wanted to say thanks for this recipe – it saved a bag of arugula from going bad! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 8, 2015 @ 2:21 pm (#)

      You’re welcome, we’re glad to hear that! :)


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