Last night, I decided to make it. It's so good & surprisingly, even with the cream, it's very light tasting. I love the creamy lemon sauce. It's the perfect summer evening meal, or side dish & it helps that it's pretty kid-friendly too!
Begin by preparing some ingredients. Cut the florets off 1 bunch of broccoli & mince 2 cloves of garlic.
Grate the zest of 2 lemons & juice them.
Measure 2 cups of heavy cream & grate a 1/2 cup of Parmesan.
Halve 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, or dice a large tomato & wash 5 ounces of baby arugula.
Next, cook the broccoli florets in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 2 minutes. Drain & rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Then, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the minced garlic & saute for 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, lemon juice & lemon zest. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer & cook for 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
Meanwhile, cook 1 pound of Fusilli, or Rotini according to the package instructions.
Drain the pasta & return it to the pot. Stir in the cream sauce. Put the pot over medium heat & cook for 2-3 minutes, or until most of the sauce is absorbed into the pasta. Pour into a large serving bowl,
& toss in the tomatoes, arugula, cooked broccoli & Parmesan. Season to taste with salt & pepper & serve hot.
Lemon Fusilli with ArugulaAdapted from Barefoot Contessa
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups heavy cream
1 bunch broccoli
1 pound Fusilli pasta
5 ounces baby arugula
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
In a medium saucepan, saute the garlic in the olive oil for about a minute. Add the cream, zest of 2 lemons, and the juice from 2 lemons. Season with salt & pepper & bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer & cook for 20 minutes, or until the sauce begins to thicken.
Meanwhile, cut the broccoli florets into bite-sized pieces & discard the stem. Blanch them in a large pot of boiling, salted water for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water & set aside.
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. When done, drain & return to the pot & place back on the stove over medium heat. Stir in the cream & cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until most of the sauce gets absorbed by the pasta.
Pour the hot pasta into a large bowl & toss in the arugula, Parmesan, tomatoes & cooked broccoli.
Toss well, season to taste & serve hot.
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