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Pasta with Arugula, White Beans, and Walnuts

Peppery baby arugula adds color and nutritional zip to this easy pasta dish.

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  • Servings: 4
Pasta with Arugula, White Beans, and Walnuts

Source: Everyday Food, April 2008


  • 12 ounces farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound baby arugula
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup walnut pieces, toasted if desired


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and set aside.

  2. Place pasta pot over medium heat. Add garlic and 1 tablespoon butter; cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add arugula to pot; toss just until wilted. Add beans, pasta, and remaining 3 tablespoons butter; season with salt and pepper. Toss, adding enough reserved water to mixture to coat pasta. Garnish with walnuts.

Cook's Notes

Baby arugula doesn't last long, so buy only what you plan to use within a few days. To clean, fill a bowl with cold water, and add greens, swishing gently. Scoop out greens. Drain water off. Repeat with fresh water until no grit remains at the bottom of the bowl. Dry with a salad spinner, or pat with paper towels. Store washed greens in a resealable plastic bag lined with dry paper towels in the refrigerator up to 1 day.


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