Linguine w/ Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan

January 23, 2013 by Ali

When people find out I’m a food blogger, often they make a comment about how I must eat such “amazing” meals all the time. While that’s sometimes true, more often than not, I find myself pressed for time and happy when I have the chance to whip up a 15-minute meal in between commitments. You know how it goes!

But today I thought I’d share with you one of my behind the scenes favorites — my beloved Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan. This 5-ingredient meal (gotta throw in the olive oil) is one of my most comforting of comfort foods. It can be on the table in the amount of time it takes to boil water and cook pasta, and it is super quick and easy. The ingredient list is short, but the combination of flavors is one of my all-time favorites.

And apparently I’m not the only one who loves this dish! Last week as I mentioned on Instagram, I was taking my Prius into the dealership for a tune-up and had just turned to go in the waiting room when the mechanics stopped me and asked for the recipe because it “smelled SO good”. Made me smile! So I scribbled out a recipe on some scratch paper then, but later thought he might not be the only one to enjoy it. So behold, I share with you too the goodness of Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Do you have a favorite quick and easy go-to pasta recipe?

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan |

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings


  • 8 ounces linguine or other dried pasta (I love Dreamfield's)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1/2 cup freshly-shredded or shaved Parmesan


Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot according to package instructions. (*Be sure to also liberally salt the pasta water. This is the only chance you have to flavor the actual pasta.*)

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until it begins to turn just slightly golden. Remove from heat, and reserve garlic and olive oil drippings on a plate.

Once the pasta has finished cooking, drain it. Then add in the garlic and olive oil mixture and the arugula. Toss until combined. Serve individual portions garnished with lots of Parmesan cheese.

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan |

Linguine with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan |

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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26 thoughts on “Linguine w/ Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan

  1. 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

    - Jessica

  2. what a lovely and simple pasta dish.

    - a farmer in the dell

  3. Whoa! So easy. And looks lovely!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  4. 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! :)

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  5. 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….

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  6. 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!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  7. 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 :)

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  8. Love the flavors of this pasta!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

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

    - Anna @ Hidden Ponies

  10. 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.

    - fabiola@notjustbaked

  11. 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!

    - Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

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

    - Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

  13. 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!

    - kelley {mountain mama cooks}

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

    - little kitchie

  15. 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!

    - taylor @ taylormade

  16. 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!

    - Peter

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

    - Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

  18. 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.

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

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

    - Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

  20. 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.

    - Kathryn

  21. 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 :)

    - Clem

  22. 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.

    - Judith

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

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl