Lemony Fresh Arugula Artichoke Pasta

I’m not vegetarian. Not even close. But I like mixing it up a bit for health reasons (and because of the impact the meat industry has on the environment, but that’s a whole other blog entry). And while I enjoy a steak (medium rare, please) just as much as the next guy, I really believe that if your vegetarian dish is good enough, you won’t miss the meat. Kind of like this one.

My friend and co-worker Suzanne, a vegetarian for the past 20 years, shared this recipe with me. It’s easy, but more importantly, delicious. A complete vegetarian meal in one pot, and believe me — you won’t feel like you’re missing anything.

Lemony Fresh Arugula Artichoke Pasta (serves 4)

Adapted from Whole Foods Market

What you need:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 ounces dried angel hair pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups-ish artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 “bunch” (several handfuls) arugula
  • 1/2 package block cream cheese (regular or reduced fat, your choice)
  • The juice of half a lemon

How to do it:

  1. Fill large pot with water and bring to boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt, then add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain well and reserve 1/2  cup or so of pasta water (you may not need it all).
  2. Meanwhile, put artichoke hearts, Parmesan, and arugula into a bowl and toss gently. Set aside.
  3. Return hot, drained pasta to the pot and stir in cream cheese, lemon juice and reserved pasta water until you achieve a creamy consistency. Add arugula mixture, salt and pepper and — toss gently to combine. Top with more Parmesan before serving. Still missing meat? Crumbled Italian sausage would be delicious in this dish.

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6 thoughts on “Lemony Fresh Arugula Artichoke Pasta

  1. oooh delish! I’m not vegetarian either, but I do like to cut down my meat consumption for health and other reasons.

    This pasta looks like what most of us need after a long day!

  2. I’m going to try to make this vegan and will let you know how it goes. It’s generally easy to make pasta vegetarian and very flavorful through the cheese and I love them. Will let you know how it goes! Thanks for the recipe!

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