I’ve never been much of a pasta fan.

Every Thursday growing up, it was pasta night in our house. My parents still carry on the tradition today.

For me, this meant that it was ‘cereal’ night. I wasn’t very fond of pasta and I certainly didn’t like tomato sauce. And while we’re at it, let me just say that I also don’t really love bread.

 

 

This is usually around the time that someone pipes up with, ‘Oh, you are so lucky that you don’t love bread and pasta!’

Nope. I’m really not.

It’s not like I’m substituting vegetables for pasta and bread.

Instead, I choose bacon and chocolate bars covered in sea salt and endless bags of pita chips and 16 bricks of cheese. With some peanut butter on the side.

If I’m going to eat pasta, it better be good. I prefer simpler dishes, but cream sauce is fine by me. If it’s not swimming in cheese sauce, it better have some form of cheese or bacon.

And greens? Well, as long as I don’t taste them, they’re fine.

One of the reasons I love this pasta dish so much is the texture. Creamy from the cheese, chewy from the pasta, and crunchy from the walnuts.

And the arugula is just. . .well, arugula. Oh, shush. You should just be happy I am eating it.

I do like the peppery bite of arugula. If I had to choose a green, it would be at the top of my list. Luckily, no one is forcing me to do that. If you plan on it, please keep a barf bag handy.

 

 

I’d have to say that my favorite pasta ‘sauce’ is a simple mix of olive oil and parmesan.

I still do not like tomato sauce, unless I am using it as a dipper for fried calamari. Then I love it.

 

 

Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula, Gorgonzola, and Walnuts

Serves 4

1lb whole wheat pasta

4 cups fresh arugula

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola

2 ounces walnuts, chopped

While pasta is cooking, heat skillet on medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic, and saute until fragrant. Add arugula and stir until wilted.

Once pasta is finished cooking, drain and add to a large bowl. Add arugula, gorgonzola, remaining olive oil and walnuts, and toss. Top with parmesan.

 

 

 

 

I still eat my fair share of pasta, because I love food. And I love eating.

But if I loved pasta like I love bacon, we’d all be in trouble.

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63 Responses to “Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula, Gorgonzola, and Walnuts.”

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    Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches — June 4, 2010 @ 5:16 am

    Seems so simple and delicious! Yum!

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    Cindy Coniglio — June 4, 2010 @ 5:17 am

    That looks wonderful. Im not a big pasta fan either, but that looks delish!
    Reminds me of Bravo.. lol..

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    Shannon — June 4, 2010 @ 5:21 am

    I love pasta and would love that dish…but I’d leave out the nuts because I just don’t like nuts. Love nutbutters, but don’t like the texture of nuts at all. Weird, I know!

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — June 4, 2010 @ 5:31 am

    I do not love pasta either. I’d rather eat another carb like cupcakes or oatmeal. ;-)

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    • Jessica — June 4th, 2010 @ 5:34 am

      Right on! Same here.

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    Taylor — June 4, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    I just had an arugula pesto on some fettucini and topped it with chopped walnuts…they really are amazing on pasta! This looks wonderful….I loooooove gorgonzola cheese!

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    • Jessica — June 4th, 2010 @ 5:46 am

      Arugula pesto is my favorite!

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    Naomi (onefitfoodie) — June 4, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    this looks SO SO SO good!! i bet it would be aweosme with sun dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers!!

    I am teh same with pasta…if I have it is must be DAMN good!….sooo come cook for me!

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    Angela @ A Healthy Fit — June 4, 2010 @ 5:48 am

    I’m not a big pasta fan either, but this looks pretty darn yummy. In the summer time I usually make a cold pasta similar to this, but it has chicken sausage, feta, sundried tomatoes, and basil.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 4, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    That looks so delicious and light and yummy!

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    Sophie @ yumventures — June 4, 2010 @ 6:01 am

    I don’t like pasta much either. Its so bleh. But if I do have it I hate heavy sauces. This looks amazing and flavorful!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — June 4, 2010 @ 6:08 am

    A little bit of your favorite bacon would be very nice in here too. Lots of great flavor with the walnuts and gorgonzola. Perfect pasta! xo

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    Mellissa — June 4, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    This looks so delicious! I love pasta with arugula.

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    MelissaNibbles — June 4, 2010 @ 6:24 am

    I would eat the f*ck out of this.

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    Jil — June 4, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    Ahh – you’ve got me craving lunch at 9:30am! :) This looks awesome.

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    Amber @ Pampered Recipes — June 4, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    I love pasta…and definitely eat too much pasta. One more dish to add to my expanding menu!

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — June 4, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    Looks fabulous and simple. I love to just drizzle olive oil over pasta with some parmesan cheese…really good! Thanks for the sweet words of encouragment on my blog today, Jessica. It meant a lot.

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    homecookedem — June 4, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    Oh this looks like my kind of pasta dish!! Looks wonderful!! :)

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    Kelly — June 4, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    Pasta is my weakness :)

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    grace — June 4, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    mmm, i love pasta! i must try!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 4, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    jessica, our blendship might be at stake here…you don’t like PASTA?!?! i mean, i love you anyway, but i’m just sayin’… ;)

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibbl) — June 4, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    This looks great! Simple, but flavorful. Love it!

    xo
    K

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    Wei-Wei — June 4, 2010 @ 7:49 am

    I’m not a fan of pasta, either. I don’t really like carbs, except for veggies. Shock horror! Sorry. :D

    Wei-Wei

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    Helen — June 4, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    I love pasta but an not a big fan of arugula. I think the equivalent is rocket in the UK. It’s way too peppery for me and gets right up my nose!

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    Daisy — June 4, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    I eat so much pasta. ohh so much. I love arugula. I love gorgonzola. this meal is perfect for meee.

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — June 4, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    Even though I am in Italy right now, I want this. That is how good it looks. :-)

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    Kacy — June 4, 2010 @ 8:41 am

    Simple pasta dishes like that are my favorite. Tossing fresh pasta in olive oil, garlic and lemon is my weakness. I could eat pounds of it.

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    Nicole, RD — June 4, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    Yummm! Looks wonderful! I love the crunch of nuts in pasta dishes. I do think some bacon would accompany this dish beautifully ;) No lie!

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — June 4, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    Throw some pesto on there and I am completely sold.

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    Jessie (Bites and Pieces) — June 4, 2010 @ 9:01 am

    Arugula is my favorite salad green! Why have I never thought to add it to pasta? I usually have it on pizza and it is SO good. Your recipe looks yummy!

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    Erica — June 4, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    Pasta is just OK in my book- it has to be something kind of special for me to gobble a ton down. This looks yummy though. Walnuts go really well with Gorgonzola. Hope you have a great weekend <3

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    Mary — June 4, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Yum! I think this sounds great – I’m always up for some pasta… as long as there is room for dessert after ;)

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — June 4, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    Your post totally made me laugh…I love how you’re so totally honest with the foods that you eat since it’s not pasta & breads.
    I just made a pasta dish that you might enjoy…no sauce, some feta cheese, chicken, & a surprise ingredient…blueberries! It was totally unique and yummy, in case you wanna check it out! ;)

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    Laury @ thefitnessriot — June 4, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    YUM!!! I recently made something similar with Quinoa swirly pasta….soooo tasty!

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    *Andrea* — June 4, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    my mom and sis used to say to me alllll the time ‘you’re lucky you don’t like bread, chips, pasta, french fries’ but honestly i am not because unlike my sister if i have a plate of cookies or chocolate anything in front of me i will have zero control haha

    this pasta dish does look super tasty though! i would definitely enjoy the chewy wheat pasta with walnuts – love me some nuts!

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    Kate @ Cozydelicious — June 4, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    This pasta looks lovely… but you know… you could totally add bacon here (or pancetta even) and then, wow! Perfect pasta!

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    Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle — June 4, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    omg that pasta looks divine!!! Something I would totally eat for like a week straight! haha guess i’ll have to do just that!

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    Anne — June 4, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    I love pasta and yours really looks delicious. I should give your recipe a try someday soon, today we had a BACON pasta day ;)

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — June 4, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    I would rather die than eat pasta. Just looking at it, sends me in a gluten intolerance tizzy and i get stomach cramps LOL Omg girl when i was growing up, I didnt know why the other kids could eat pizza and pasta and not cry with a tummy ache. Only took me 25 yrs to figure that one out..hah!

    love you and I stink so bad from my tanning crap. omg. sekkkksi. not!

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    Abby — June 4, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    MM I love simple pasta dishes. And difficult pasta dishes. And, well, I just love pasta!

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    Lauren @ Team Giles — June 4, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    oh girl, pasta is what does me in. I love pasta. :) I love a easy healthy pasta dish too!

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    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble — June 4, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    I love pasta dishes but I never seem to make them. Not sure why either because they’re always such a simple dish. This one looks great, minus the walnuts because I have an allergy. :-)

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    Nicole @ Making Good Choices — June 4, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    I never thought to add walnuts to a pasta, but I can imagine it adds a nice crunch to it. I bet this would even be good with feta or mozzarella!

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    The Candid RD — June 4, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    I am not a fan of pasta either, and I’m Italian. Doesn’t seem right, does it? I love tomato sauce though, so I choose to have it over spaghetti squash instead :) I do love pasta in lasagna, because that’s more cheese and meat than pasta.
    This recipe sounds great. Like you, I will eat pasta on occasion, and when I do I love to add some type of nut to it! Nuts go with anything, seriously, they are they best and most versatile food (including walnuts)

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    Carter — June 4, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    I definitely agree with you about bread and pasta…but get.out.of.my.way. if there is candy anywhere. Raging sweet tooth here.

    Reading your blog is like going to a fancy food museum…I just oooh and aah my way through. Realllllly love it.

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    Erin — June 4, 2010 @ 3:43 pm

    Oh my gosh girl, you always make me so hungry when I come here. Guess being prego doesn’t help lol.

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    eatingRD — June 4, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    oh I am such a pasta fan! haha anything and everything pasta is fine by me :) Although I’m with you, I don’t like the thick, white sauces ick. I much prefer the light and yours looks delish! I love the addition of walnuts :)

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 4, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    Looks good! I’m with you on the pasta thing…. I don’t think I’ve ever ordered it in a restaurant because it’s one of the easiest things to make on your own, and even then I never really want to. I’m surprised you didn’t add a few bits of crumbled bacon to this recipe!? :)

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    Jenna — June 4, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

    I’m with you. Pasta isn’t my “go to” dinner selection….but I do enjoy it every one in a while :)

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] — June 4, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    I am all over this! Love simple pasta dishes.

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    Katrina — June 5, 2010 @ 4:11 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love pasta, and this one is definitely being added to my recipe book.

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health — June 5, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    Jeez! You’re pretty amazing in the kitchen!
    When you cook and blog, how far in advance do you plan for what you are going to cook?

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    • Jessica — June 5th, 2010 @ 9:08 am

      Thanks so much!

      I plan all of our meals for the week ahead of time. We hate to waste food, so everything you see on the blog is always consumed in one way or another. I always try to work it into our meals. It works for me because I get bored quickly and don’t like to eat the same thing. This is just an example of how I loosely plan our meals: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2010/01/25/meal-planning-101/

      When it comes to baked goods, I usually only make them when we are entertaining, or have a party to go to, which is pretty often, especially in the summer. For example, I’ve already made 3 treats this weekend for parties. If I make any sweets for just the 2 of us, I always 1/2 or 1/4 the recipe.

      As for planning what to put on the blog, I really just wing each day. It just depends on what I’ve made. I never plan longer than a week in advance!

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