Arugula Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan This arugula pasta with lemon and Parmesan has a silky, light sauce seasoned with peppery arugula and lemony fresh undertones. The panko topping adds a crunchy, nutty layer to this easy vegetarian dinner.


20 mins


35 mins




  • 8 ounces whole-wheat or brown rice spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • ¾ ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 7 tablespoons; see Tip), divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 cups arugula


    Step 1

    Cook pasta in a Dutch oven or other large pot according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water; rinse the pasta in warm water. Set aside.

    Step 2

    Wipe the pot dry; add 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add panko and cook, stirring often, until golden brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Add parsley, 2 tablespoons Parmesan and 1 teaspoon lemon zest and stir until combined. Set aside.

    Step 3

    Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pot and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until aromatic and beginning to turn golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and the reserved 1 cup cooking water; increase heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook, undisturbed, until slightly reduced, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard the garlic. Add butter, salt, pepper and the remaining 5 tablespoons Parmesan and 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest ; cook, stirring, until the butter melts and the mixture becomes slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add the pasta and toss until it is warmed through, about 1 minute. Add arugula and toss until just wilted. Top with the toasted panko mixture.


Grate Parmesan with a microplane grater or using the smallest holes of a box grater.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 3/4 cups


Per Serving: 423 calories; fat 20g; cholesterol 30mg; sodium 471mg; carbohydrates 52g; dietary fiber 7g; protein 13g; sugars 3g; niacn equivalents 6mg; saturated fat 8g; vitamin a iu 934IU; potassium 361mg.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 3/4 cup Per Serving: .


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