Ava Grace's Closet: Things My MIL Taught Me : Pasta Con Arugula

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Things My MIL Taught Me : Pasta Con Arugula

Today, the day of my mother in law's 70th birthday, is the perfect day to share this amazing dish.
She really has been an inspiration to me in the kitchen. 
She is so creative with food and is always looking for new and inventive ways to "dress" pasta. 
Not unlike a warm pasta salad, this is served at room temperature since once the hot pasta combines with the uncooked ingredients, it instantly cools. 
It really is refreshing and light. 
Perfect for summertime.

Pasta Con Arugula 
Ingredients:
500 grams of orrechiette {a short hollow pasta is also good!}
5-6 plum tomatoes
4-5 cloves of finely chopped garlic
300 grams of baby arugula {regular arugula is fine}
250 grams of roughly chopped/largely grated pecorino cheese 
Good quality olive oil

Directions:
In a large bowl, combine chopped tomatoes, garlic and baby arugula. {if using regular arugula, wash well and chop roughly}
Cook pasta according to instructions and drain.
Add cooked pasta to vegetable mixture and cover well with olive oil. 
Add pecorino cheese {note: any strong italian cheese can be used including crotonese which is what I used in these photos} and stir gently.
Sprinkly with parmigiano cheese and serve immediately.
This one dish meal is both flavorful and healthy. 
Seriously amazing.
I truly hope you give it a go and that you enjoy it as much as I do.
Buon Appetito!
This post is dedicated to my amazing mother in law. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays today!

11 comments :

  1. oh.my.goodness. shut the front door!!! drooling!!

    thanks for sharing i am putting this on the menu next week! aggggg!!!!

    happy birthday to your mother-in-love :)

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  2. p.s. i got your tweet. i still dont really understand twitter .lol. ... so i mentally responded with out actually responding ;)

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  3. I really love a light pasta...and it looks beautiful with the cheese on top. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  4. OMYGOSH!!! Sitting here in bed trying to stay awake - catching up on blog reading/visits - its 6:00ish pm here ... but I'm still on Amsterdam time and it's after midnight for me.... This looks super YUMMY!!! wonder if I can get G. to go to garden foods and get the ingredients .... Ok may be I would have better luck asking him tomorrow. Time change really sucks .... :(

    Happy B-day to your Mother-in-law .... hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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  5. That looks so good & I could just dive in! Ax

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  6. I saw you post this on IG and I wanted to jump into my phone and eat it up - yum! It looks amazing.:)

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  7. looks delish! i never did try this kind of pasta.

    [oomph.]

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  8. Yum! Fresh salads with pasta are perfect for summer!

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  9. This is amazing in its simplicity and freshness. I can almost feel a gentle breeze and the mountain air of Tuscany, as though I was sitting outside on a table enjoying this with a gaggle of people and kids laughing and having a good glass of wine, too. Yum. That being said, it is snowing outside, and I need this now!!!

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I love reading every last one. Thanks so much for stopping by our little blog. xo.

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