Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Arugula and Tomatoes Recipe

I picked this one out from Lidia's Italy, a book with some wonderful recipes. Most of her pasta dishes are bare bones, and this one is no exception. It's kind of a tomato sauce, but only cooked for five-ish minutes, leaving the tomatoes bright and sugary. The arugula adds a little bitterness, and the red pepper flakes provide a nice bit of heat.

I couldn't find any cavatelli (the preferred pasta for this creation), strascinate (the second pick), or even humble orecchiette (which I really should have been able to find). So I used this shell-shaped pasta called conchiglie rigate—a shape that was new to me. But it more than worked. It trapped the sauce, surprising some bites with unexpected flavor.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1 pound pasta

  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes (about 1 pound), rinsed

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 pound arugula

  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano

  • Salt


  1. Chop the tomatoes up into half-inch pieces. Pour the olive oil into a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about one minute. Add the chopped tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes until they have softened, about five minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil. Sprinkle in a few tablespoons of salt. When boiling, add the pasta and cook according to the direction on the box. With about six minutes left in the time, add the arugula to the pot. Reserve half a cup of pasta water, and drain the pasta and arugula.

  3. Turn the skillet with the tomatoes back to medium high, and then toss in the pasta and arugula. Stir together, and cook for a minute or so, adding some of the reserved pasta water if it is too dry. Season with extra salt and freshly grated cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
414 Calories
12g Fat
62g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 696mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 504mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)