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… and equal time for “Circle K”

Maybe I should explain my title choice for today’s post. So, I live in the southwest portion of the United States.  Here, we have two popular convenience stores, 7-11 and Circle K.  As previously mentioned, and actually bragged about, I am posting and scheduling my posts about 10 days to 2 weeks ahead of time. As I typed in my “scheduled” date, I noticed that today is 7-11, so whenever we (south-westerners) say “7-11”, we (or at least, I) like to follow it up with “and equal time for Circle K!”  The last thing we want to be is based – in Arizona, of all places! Yeah, right – tell that to our state legislatures! Sorry, no politics allowed here – just recipes and a bit of occasional humor or insights! Honestly – love it all!

Arugula and Cannellini Spaghetti

1 pound spaghetti
3  tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
Two (16-ounce) cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
7- ounce package arugula leaves (available at Trader Joe’s)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1  1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water. Leave pasta in the colander; set aside and keep warm.

Return pasta pot to medium heat.  Add oil, butter, garlic, and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant and just lightly browned, stirring constantly.  Stir in tomatoes, and beans; cook for 2 minutes.

Add warm pasta; cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add reserved pasta water, 1/2 cup at a time, and arugula, tossing gently to combine.

Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.

Serve immediately, sprinkling with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

Serves 10 to 12

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