Arugula has a distinct peppery flavor. It is closely related to vegetables such as cabbage, kale, and radishes. Arugula has made its way back into food as one of the healthiest foods available to mankind. It is mostly a part of salads, it is commonly known as rocket leaves or garden rocket.
Health Benefits of Arugula: Arugula has some surprising health benefits for cancer prevention, It is part of the top 10 anti-cancer foods. It also helps with weight loss, body detoxification, your skin, heart, eyes and more. It is also particularly rich in many important nutrients you need.
Tagliatelle w/ Arugula Green Garlic Cream Sauce (Demonstrated by Maxwell at the farm)
1lb. tagliatelle or preferred pasta
6 Tbsp oil of preference
4-5 stalks green garlic, chopped
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups Milk
1 Cup Half-n-half
1 cup (large handful) chopped arugula
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup (or more) of Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Finely sliced parsley for garnish
Begin to bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Meanwhile chop your green garlic, arugula, and parsley. Juice your lemon. Bring oil up to medium-low heat in large sauté pan or sauce pan. Add green garlic and stir often. If pasta water has begun to boil add your pasta and cook until al dente or preferred doneness. When green garlic is very soft add flour and incorporate into the fat until a very thin paste has formed, about one minute. Slowly stir in your cream and milk. Continue cooking until sauce thickens but do not boil. Immediately add arugula until wilted. Remove sauce from heat. Place pasta in serving dish. When sauce has cooled down for a couple minutes add lemon juice, cheese, salt, and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over pasta and garnish with parsley and more cheese.
ARUGULA PASTA SALAD
4-6 cups arugula
16 oz penne pasta
6 oz. sun dried tomatoes in oil (not drained)
6 oz. artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
Handful fresh basil, finely chopped
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and white pepper to taste
1 cup feta cheese
Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions for al dente. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking.
Toss the pasta with baby arugula, sun dried tomatoes (left in oil), artichoke hearts, tomatoes, basil, feta cheese, oil, salt and white pepper to taste.
Refrigerate and serve. You can also heat and serve warm
Arugula and Apple Salad with Goat Cheese and Pecans
4 oz. arugula
2 apples, sliced
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 lemon, juice
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar (more to taste)
Salt and pepper
Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, white wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
Toss together remaining ingredients with the dressing.