Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lemon Fusilli with Arugula (or whatever vegetables you want) adapted from Ina Garten

This is another great recipe for the harvest season. Holly asked for it a long time ago but I was lazy. You can adapt it however you want.

Lemon Fusilli with Arugula
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 cups heavy cream (you can do half and half if you're worried about the fat)
3 lemons
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch broccoli (you can actually put whatever vegetables you want--I add zucchini, banana squash, peppers, whatever I have and it's always delicious).
1 pound dried fusilli pasta
1/2 pound baby arugula (or 2 bunches of common arugula, leaves cut in thirds)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic, and cook for 60 seconds. Add the cream, the zest from 2 lemons, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until it starts to thicken.

Meanwhile, cut the broccoli in florets and discard the stem. Cook the florets in a pot of boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes, until tender but still firm. Drain the broccoli and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside. (See, I omit this whole step and just throw in my zucchini, etc. in with the pasta. You could also saute them or roast them before if you want).

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the pasta, and cook according to the directions on the package, about 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the pasta in a colander and place it back into the pot. Immediately add the cream mixture and cook it over medium-low heat for 3 minutes, until most of the sauce has been absorbed in the pasta. Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl, add the arugula, Parmesan, tomatoes, and cooked broccoli. Cut the last lemon in half lengthwise, slice it 1/4-inch thick crosswise, and add it to the pasta. Toss well, season to taste, and serve hot.


Megan said...

This sounds DELICIOUS! I will make this and eat this. Thanks.

Tolly and Lennon said...

Thank you thank you

Tolly and Lennon said...

I made this tonight and added grilled chicken to the cream sauce...worked great and I loved adding zucchini (sp?) and yellow squash. Good idea.