Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lemon Fusilli with Arugula

Recently, while on our Fall vacation to visit my brother Rick and his wife Terry, my sister Nancy and I were treated to a wonderful meal cooked by Rick. I knew this was a recipe I wanted to try once I got home and last night was the night! You might like it too!
Lemon Fusilli with Arugula
1 T. olive oil
1T. minced garlic (2 cloves)
2 c. heavy cream
2 lemons
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch broccoli
1 pound dried fusilli pasta
1/2 pound baby arugula (or 2 bunches of common arugula, leaves cut in thirds)
1/2 c. 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 and juice of the lemons, 2 t. of salt, and 1 t. 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 into 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.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1T. 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 into the pasta. Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl, add the arugula, Parmesan, tomatoes and cooked broccoli. Toss well, season to taste, and serve hot.
My Wonderful Brother, Rick!


Dawn said...

What? No butter? Just kidding - it looks wonderful. I don't think I've ever knowingly eaten arugula. What does it taste like?

Brenda Kula said...

And here I am wondering what to have for lunch...

The Zhush said...

Sounds great! Thanks for posting, need to try this.

BECKY said...

Wow...this looks wonderful!! I read the previous post and love that knitted table runner, too! What a great idea! So fallish/wintery!
Have a delightful Wednesday!!

Pam said...

It looks delicious! I'm so glad to find your blog! Those candle holders below are fantastic, very unique. I will enjoy looking around now!

Velva said...

This looks like a wonderful dish. I have bookmarked it. Awesome. Thanks for sharing your brother's recipe.

Rambling Tart said...

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my photo at Tomatoes on the Vine. :-) Your pasta salad looks positively scrumptious! :-)

Melanie said...

Yum, looks delish! But 2 c. of heavy cream?! And look at your brother...he's thin! No fair!


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