Pasta with Lemon, Parmesan, and Greens


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
1/2 pound assorted tender greens, such as spinach, arugula, pea tendrils
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pound bowtie pasta
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest and greens, season with salt and pepper, and cook until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and reserve.

When water comes to a boil, season with enough salt so it tastes like seawater, add pasta, and stir continuously until water returns to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Scoop out about 1 cup pasta water; reserve. Drain pasta through a colander, add to greens, return pan to medium heat, and toss continuously until heated through. Add lemon juice and cheese; toss well, adding pasta water as needed to keep the pasta moist.


4 servings (8 as a side dish)

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

25 Minutes

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