Photo: Oxmoor House
4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

If your cooked pasta is clumping together, just rinse it under hot water, drain thoroughly, and then toss with the tomato mixture and arugula.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pepper and garlic to skillet; cook 1 minute or until garlic is fragrant. Add tomatoes; cook 45 seconds or just until heated, stirring gently. Remove the skillet from heat; stir in lemon juice and salt. Combine the hot pasta, arugula, and warm tomato mixture in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Top with cheese and bacon.

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Ratings & Reviews

EllenDeller's Review

August 20, 2014
I could tell this would need a few flavor-boosters, so while it was delicious, the recipe was more of a base for additions. I added toasted pine nuts, fresh basil in place of some of the spinach-arugula mix, white wine instead of lemon juice, crushed red pepper, lemon-pepper, and tangy goat cheese instead of parmesan. Served with a simple salad of romaine lettuce and marinated artichoke hearts. My husband ate two servings, I had one.

suezq4u's Review

April 10, 2013
this is a go to recipe I have been making it since it ws published. It is great for pot lucks, even guys who are not salad lovers go for a second helping. I use Lemon Pepper Pappardelle noodles from Trader Joes, they usually have all the ingredients I need.

tbaur731's Review

September 21, 2011
Very solid recipe. I make one addition - shrimp!

MaryBethWetli's Review

June 05, 2011

phamann's Review

August 26, 2010
I have made this many times exactly like the recipe. It is a great summer recipe.

GrandmaKY's Review

August 23, 2009
I have been making this every summer since it came out. We love it...I have made it with different pasta's since I have a hard time finding pappardelle here. I have made it for guests and they have requested the recipe....Quick, Easy and Tasty what more can you ask for!