Saturday, June 1, 2013

Arugula with Pasta and Potatoes

This is a quick, simple and surprisingly scrumptious dish. Try it tonight!

1lb or more of fresh arugula
4 or 5 potatoes (any kind)
1 package of pasta such as penne, gemmeli, or short pasta of your choice
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Once you have your arugula washed and trimmed, peel the potatoes, cut them in half and slice them about a quarter inch thick. steam them lightly, but don’t fully cook. Start the pasta water. Heat up some oil in a skillet (preferably seasoned cast iron) and brown the potatoes on both sides. When your pasta water boils, pour in the pasta, and cook as indicated on the package. By the time the pasta is done, your potatoes should be nicely browned. Drain pasta, and transfer to a large bowl. Add the potatoes and arugula. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, toss and serve. The heat of the pasta just barely wilts the arugula, which is all it needs. the pasta and potatoes can stand up to arugula’s intensity. if you aren’t already a fan of arugula, you will be after this.

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