Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Arugula

Cover recipe-  Everyday Food, Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Arugula: Jan/Feb 2010

The Jan/Feb issue of Everyday Food is being marketed as The Light Issue.  Quite a few of the recipes are noted to be 400 calories or less per serving, and in the typical fashion of this magazine, all of the recipes are fairly simple to make.  I like that they include calorie counts for all of their recipes, even those that aren’t as low.

The cover recipe for the current issue is Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Arugula, a meal in three easy steps.  Described as “a fresh take on supper,” pasta is tossed with greens and roasted vegetables instead of the usual sauce.  Since our family has been eating light, this issue really appealed to me.  Roasted tomatoes are delicious on their own, so the idea of tossing them with a fresh and light pasta dish sounded great.

Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe…

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Pasta with Roasted Vegetables and Arugula

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 25 min


2 pints grape tomatoes
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 shallots, cut into eighths
2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt and ground pepper
8 ounces rigatoni pasta
1/3 cup pitted olives, such as Niçoise, coarsely chopped
3 cups baby arugula or spinach


1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2.  Place tomatoes, garlic, shallots and thyme on a rimmed baking sheet.  Toss with oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast until tomatoes burst, shallots are browned, and garlic is soft, 20 to 25 minutes.
3.  Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente.  Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.
4.  Peel roasted garlic and mash with the flat side of a chef's knife.  Add to pasta pot, along with vegetables, olives, and pasta water.  Cook over medium-high until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes.  Let cool slightly, then toss with arugula.


*I subbed penne pasta for the Rigatoni, which I don't think made a bit of difference in the finished dish.
*When I weighed out 8 ounces of dry pasta to use in the dish, I thought for sure that it wouldn't be enough for four people to eat.  I was surprised to see that with the added vegetables, the 8 ounces is plenty.
*Maybe my shallots were too big but when I cut them into eighths, I still ended up with pretty big pieces.  This may have had an effect on the dish since the shallots didn't get all that nice and roasted.  The tomatoes were done in the 25 minute time given for roasting, and therefore the shallots had to come out too.  Next time I'd make sure the shallots were cut into thinner slices.
*I used canned California green olives.
*The arugula didn't really wilt/cook at all with the warm pasta in the dish.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/4th of the dish
Calories per serving: 350
Fat per serving: 9.5g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1.4g
Fiber per serving: 5.2g
Protein per serving: 10.7g
Carbohydrates per serving: 58.2g

Source:  Everyday Food, Jan/Feb 2010

The results:

My photo doesn’t look anywhere near as appetizing as the photo on the cover of the magazine.  There was no actual “sauce” that developed in my finished dish, and the result was that it was just plain dull. I saved this dish!  To each bowl of pasta, I added a wedge of Laughing Cow Light cheese, threw it in the microwave for a few seconds and tossed it until the cheese melted & created a light, creamy sauce.  Only with this addition of the cheese was this a good dinner.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

No.  It was flavorless as written.  The “fresh” flavors were a nice idea, but they didn’t come through in the end product.  The magazine is trying to show readers that weekday meals can be healthy and still taste great.  Unfortunately, this didn’t fit those guidelines… it was a very blah meal (until I saved it with the cheese addition, of course).

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

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15 Responses to “Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad”

  1. 1

    ABowlOfMush — November 12, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    Great dinner Idea! Will be bookmarking this!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is — November 12, 2009 @ 8:52 am

    I love finding new *good* chicken recipes. Also, love arugala. So good!

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    Elle — November 12, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    Beautiful! One can never have enough recipes for quickie chicken dinners. Looks great–and in case anyone’s on the fence? Cool, lightly dressed greens over warm chicken is out of this world good.

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    Meeta — November 12, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    oh i really like chicken breaded like this. crispy on the outside and moist and succulent on the inside.

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    Theresa — November 12, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    Beautiful photo, and this recipe looks great! I’ve made chicken milanese (and pork milanese) dozens of times, but never baked. I like the idea of doing it lighter. I will definitely have to try this!

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    Jessica — November 12, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

    This is my kind of weeknight meal!
    I’m enjoying your new blog Lori. Great idea!

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    Esi — November 12, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    This is one of my favorite dinners. I have made it many times!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 12, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    Yum… Sounds like a great meal. Definitely looks (and sounds) cover-worthy to me!

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    Katrina — November 13, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

    Sounds de-lish! I love that you’re doing this, Lori.

  10. 10

    Aggie — November 14, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    I remember this cover! looks delicious! Thanks for reminding me to make it! :)

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    Louise — November 14, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    Another successful post Lori. So glad to know I’m not the only one that saves stacks of food magazines. I too am so glad you have created this fruitful blog…It’s WINNER!!!

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    Deborah Mele — November 23, 2009 @ 10:39 am

    I have been making similar recipes for almost 20 years since I first lived in Milan and it is one of my favorite ways to prepare chicken.

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — December 11, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    I made this a few weeks ago to use up arugula from our garden and it was great! Thanks for the idea, and you’re right the chicken is so moist! I used herbed breadcrumbs because that’s what I had and added some lemon pepper seasoning to it.

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    Rachael — March 8, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    An absolute necessary addition to make this dish go from good to phenominal:

    Cook down about 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar with 1 or 2 tbl sugar or honey till it’s thickened to about 1/3 cup. Drizzle over the salad after you plate.

    • Lori Lange replied: — March 10th, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

      Great idea!

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