Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Meyer Lemon, Arugula, and Pistachios

whole wheat spaghetti meyer lemon arugula

More sassy than saucy, these tangles of whole-wheat pasta and spicy arugula are studded with crushed toasted pistachios, the sweet zest of a Meyer lemon, and pungent shallots. Use a fragrant extra-virgin olive oil for the nut "pesto" and for tossing.


  • ½ cup shelled unsalted pistachios

  • Sea salt or coarse salt

  • 1 small shallot, cut into eighths

  • 1 Meyer lemon (about 5 ounces), cut into eighths and seeded

  • 3 tablespoons lemon or regular extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ pound whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 2 cups packed baby arugula

  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread pistachios on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; let cool completely.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, pulse pistachios and shallot in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Without cleaning processor bowl, finely chop lemon. Add to pistachios and shallot; stir to combine. Stir in 2 tablespoons oil.

  3. Add pasta to boiling water; cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Toss pasta with pistachio mixture until coated. Add reserved cooking water; stir until sauce coats pasta. Stir in arugula, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon oil; season with pepper. Divide among 4 serving plates.

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