Linguine with Arugula, Garlic and Parmesan

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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.

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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:
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  • 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!)

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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!)

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And then voila — in less than 30 minutes, this deliciousness will be ready to go.
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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.

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Linguini with Arugula, Garlic & Parmesan

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


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)


  1. Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot of generously-salted water according to package instructions.
  2. 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.)
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it. Then immediately stir in the garlic and olive oil mixture, arugula, and Parmesan cheese.  Toss until combined.
  4. Serve immediately, topped with extra Parmesan cheese (and toasted pine nuts, if using).

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  5. 5 stars
    This is so good! You should never feel bad about posting simple, ordinary recipes- a lot of us who are beginner or basic home cooks may follow for the fancy-looking meals, but we need to see examples of these run-of-the-mill meal staples to learn how to be more adventurous in our own cooking. :) I made this yesterday and I thought I wasn’t that hungry, but before I even realized it I had wolfed down a huge portion of this pasta. It’s incredibly simple to make and delicious!

  6. This recipe is delicious! I added vine ripened tomatoes and asparagus. I cut the tomatoes in half and brushed them with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper and put them on my outside griddle. Asparagus I put on the griddle as well. Cut them up and added to mixture.

  7. I just made this and it was quick, light and excellent! Added some leftover bacon crumbles. Definitely will be a regular go to.

  8. Thank you for posting. I just started growing arugula and making my own pasta and this was simple and perfect!

  9. I love arugula with my alfredo sauce. And I was just thinking about trying arugula alio and olio – I will try this one soon!