What to do with Arugula? Ideas from Mark Bittman…

Until last night, I could never figure out how to use arugula beyond tossing a few leaves into a green salad. I considered pulling most of mine to make room for more conventional greens but just in time I came across these fantastic recipes from Mark Bittman, aka “The Minimalist.” Both use lightly wilted arugula, both are intense and richly flavored, and both are eminently worth making. In addition, they are quick and easy and can be put together in less than 15 minutes.

Last night I made Pasta with Anchovies & Arugula and it blew my socks off. I am thinking about making it again tonight, it was that good: Pasta with Anchovies & Arugula.

If you like shrimp and like spicy and intense, this recipe is definitely for you: Spicy Shrimp Salad with Arugula & Mint.

So my newly-valued arugula is safe for now and I look forward to it starring in some interesting meals this summer.

– Barbara

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