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.
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:
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!)
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!)
And then voila — in less than 30 minutes, this deliciousness will be ready to go.
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.
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).
I love everything about this pasta!! Our favorite go-to is sausage, kale and fire roasted tomatoes. :)
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.
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 :)
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.
Love these kind of meals! Greens and pasta, I’ll take it now please!
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.
That looks utterly amazing! Wish we were neighbors…. ;)
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!
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!
This is totally my kinda meal. Simple and perfect. Pretty pictures!!
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!
This is my kind of meal! I could eat this every day.
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!
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.
I love simple, classic comfort food like this. Pasta is definitely my go-to quick meal!
Love the flavors of this pasta!
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 :)
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!
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….
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! :)
Whoa! So easy. And looks lovely!
what a lovely and simple pasta dish.
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
Such a simple and tasty treat! This looks great!
I love easy and quick pasta recipes like this one ;-) Pinned!
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!
Thanks Becki, we hope you enjoy! :)
Boy oh boy does that look delicious! Fantastic recipe and I love the pictures :)
Thanks, we hope you enjoy it! :)
Hi, I would like to know how much carbs are in this recipe. I’am in a low carb diet.
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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.
Haha, thanks Paige, we hope you and your family enjoy! :)
This looks soooo good. There really is something so comforting about noodles, and the fact that it’s fast, easy and cheap? Even better!
Thanks Kelly, we hope you love it!
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!!
Thanks Nicole, that’s so sweet of you! And yes, sometimes simple is better (at least once in awhile), eh? ;)
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!!!
Yay, we hope you love it Dagny!
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 :)
Thank you Gavin, we hope you’ll love it! Sometimes the simplest pastas are the best, eh? :)
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!
You’re welcome, we’re glad to hear that! :)
This is one of my favorite and go-to recipes. Love everything about it, especially the simplicity of the flavors!
Thank you Michelle — we’re so glad you’re a fan of this one! :)
Hi! Thoughts on serving this pasta with your garlicky baked shrimp?
Hi Kelly! Oooh, we think that’s an AWESOME idea — we say go for it! :) We hope you enjoy both the recipes!
OH MAN. Used baby spinach and arugula (on sale!), sauteed grilled corn from a MDW BBQ in the olive oil, added some herbs, and a touch of Romano. That garlic flavor just BLOOMS in that oil. Gotta make this again with some shrimp.
Thanks for sharing with us, Monique — we’re so happy you enjoyed it!
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!
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.
I just made this and it was quick, light and excellent! Added some leftover bacon crumbles. Definitely will be a regular go to.
Thank you for posting. I just started growing arugula and making my own pasta and this was simple and perfect!
I love arugula with my alfredo sauce. And I was just thinking about trying arugula alio and olio – I will try this one soon!
Excellent! I used gluten-free spaghetti instead of linguine, a lot of Parmesan (it was really a LOT!), and quite a lot of the garlic. Mixed with fresh rucola (arugula) from the garden made this perfect!
Thank you 🙏
I love this recipe! It is sooo simple, love the arugula, and it is so good, yum!!! And don’t skimp on the pine nuts either! Thank you for sharing!
Love this recipe!
I added red pepper flakes & a touch of lemon…
Thanks for teaching me what I can do with leftover arugula! It feels so clean & healthy :)