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Lemon Rotini with Baby Arugula and Asiago

Updated on September 4, 2014

Lemon Rotini with baby arugula and asiago

Want to try a different way to eat your pasta? This dish will do the trick. It has a very fresh taste brought there by the lemon zest and juice as well as the fresh vegetables of which broccoli is the only one you will want to cook.

My inspiration for this recipe comes from Food Network's Barefoot Contessa Show. This is Ina Garten's recipe with my modifications. I used rotini instead of fusilli. I used asiago instead of parmesean.


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Lemon Rotini with Arugula and Asiago

Prep Time:

10 min

Cook Time:

30 min


4 to 5 servings


* 1 tablespoon good olive oil

* 1 tablespoon minced garlic (2 cloves)

* 2 cups heavy cream

* 3 lemons

* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

* 1 bunch broccoli

* 1 pound dried rotini pasta

* 1/2 pound baby arugula

* 1/2 cup freshly grated Asiago

* 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half


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.

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.

Don't leave out the lemon you will regret it as it is what punches the greens up. Enjoy!


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    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      This sounds so good. My daughter is allergic to citrus, so I will have to wait for a day she is not home to give it a try. Blessed.

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This sounds great. I love anything salad.

    • juliannegentile profile image

      Julianne Gentile 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      This looks very tasty! I'd love to try it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Your Lemon Rotini Recipe sounds delicious and I am lensrolling to my Fruit Salad Recipe. Thank you so much for your visit there and for the blessing. Thank you for sharing this recipe, too!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Sorry...lensrolling to Ina Garten lens. :)

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I love pasta dishes and this one looks really tasty and easy to prepare. Cool idea to feature your finished dish on a recipe binder. Happy Spring! :)

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      9 years ago

      Oh, yum. I really like Ina's recipes. I always have to revise them because of the sodium and such but yum this sounds like a great summer recipe!! "Blessed by a SquidAngel"

    • ZenandChic profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      @aka-rms: Wow! Thank you!

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      Tammy Winand 

      9 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      looks pretty tasty altho not something I'd be inclined to make for myself...I'd eat it if it was served to me, tho!

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      This delicious recipe is today's feature at the Cabaret Squidoo Best Recipes blog!

    • papawu profile image


      9 years ago

      Beautiful. Plan on making it as soon as possible!

    • aka-rms profile image

      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      This looks really delicious!

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      9 years ago

      Enjoyable lens, and what looks like and enjoyable meal. Thank you.

    • ZenandChic profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      @MsSnow4: It is tasty!

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      Carol Goss 

      9 years ago

      Looks very tastey


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