Lemon Arugula Cauliflower Cream Pasta

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Lemon Arugula Cauliflower Cream Pasta

I love to cook but sometimes my little man doesn’t always give me the adequate time I need to prepare a meal to my liking. My new thing is cooking {or at the very least, doing 99% of the prep work} during nap time. Meal planning on the weekends and having a sort of meal schedule during the week, while doing most of the cook work during naps has been my own little mom hack. It’s been the most amazing thing because I can actually put the time and effort into trying new recipes without trying to make something with a little rugrat pulling on my legs near the hot stove!

Cooking relaxes me and I love how accomplished I feel when I am able to put a yummy home cooked meal in front of my boys – it’s fun for all of us when we get to try something new. I was excited when I was given this chance to try out the new Barilla® Pronto™ pasta products as they are efficient and also delicious. When using Pronto, everything is prepared in one pot or pan – no need to wait for water to boil, and no draining required! Minimal preparation and cleanup leaves you with time to sit down and relax…something we all could get used to!


Lemon Arugula Cauliflower Cream Pasta How To:

  1. Cook 1 lb. Barilla® Pronto™ spaghetti according to the package. When it’s all done, toss it in a large bowl with 4 cups arugula {you can also use spinach}, toss, and set aside.
  2. While the pasta cooks, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Throw in a pinch of salt and 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into pieces and simmer until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the cauliflower and toss into a blender.
  3. Add the 1/2 cup milk, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. olive oil, and 1/8 teaspoon salt to the blender and blend until the sauce is creamy. Taste and adjust as you see fit.
  4. Pour the cauliflower purée into the pot you boiled the cauliflower in and set over low heat. Add the pasta and spinach and toss until everything is mixed and warm. Top salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Recipe inspired by Rachael Ray

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This dish was quick, easy and so tasty. I love a good creamy pasta and this one is amazing because it doesn’t have any of the bad cream from milk or cheese {ok, a liiiiiitle milk, but not much!} Adding in the fresh arugula and lemon gives the pasta an awesome punch too! I will definitely be making this meal again and putting my own little spin on it {based on what we have in the fridge!} each time too!

lemon wedge


What’s an unexpected pasta dish you’ve made in the past?

Please share!

cauliflower cream pasta

I shopped at “ShopRite” to pick up my Barilla Pronto spaghetti and if you want to check it our for yourself be sure to check out this In Store Offer (No Coupon Needed): Buy any FOUR (4) Barilla® Pronto™ pasta products for $5.00 or $1.25 each available until 5/16/15 while supplies last.


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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty O April 27, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Love this idea for a pasta meal and looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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