Simple Lemon Arugula Spicy Penne

a plate of penne pasta with spinach and a slice of lemon on a white table with a bowl of parmesan cheese

5 from 1 reviews

Simple Lemon Arugula Spicy Penne, an easy penne pasta with fresh arugula and parmesan cheese in a simple garlic and chili infused oil. Ready in only 20 minutes!




  1. Bring 6 cups of water with a pinch of salt to a boil, then add penne pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. When pasta is done, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water and then drain pasta and set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Add sliced garlic and cook until it begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Add red chili flakes and let cook 1 minute to infuse oil, then remove pan from heat so garlic and oil do not burn.
  3. When pasta is done, add penne noodles to pan with garlic and chili flakes. Top with arugula, parmesan cheese, a pinch of sea salt, and the juice and zest of 1 lemon. Stir to combine, then drizzle a small amount of reserved pasta water and heat over low heat until the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan and enjoy!



Keywords: pasta recipe, penne recipe, lemon pasta, simple pasta, quick pasta