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Made this tonight because of an abundance of arugula (on clearance at the grocery store as it was about out of date) SOOO YUMMY!!! I did add 2 avacado's and about 1lb of grilled chicken to it to make it a little more of a 'full' meal for our family. This makes a very large meal! The sauce is so flavorful while at the same time not being too rich or thick. I used a little less than what it called for of cream since I didn't have quite what I needed but it was wonderful. Will definately add this to the make again and potluck cookbooks!

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Super Sharpe August 16, 2011

Delicious. Easy. Family favorite - just toss in whatever veggies need to be eaten. I was surprised the cream didn't curdle - we practically licked our bowls clean.

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Doc Mom August 11, 2011

Saw Ina making this on her tv show! Great meatless dinner!

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CIndytc May 16, 2013

I wanted to like this, I really did. It was just way too acidic. 3 lemons was just way too much. I couldn't even finish my serving.

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AmbientSunset August 19, 2012

We really liked this. Even though it has quite a bit of cream, it somehow still tastes light. I too added some chicken that I sauteed with garlic, basil and oregano. What a great one pot meal. Thanks for posting.

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jerseygirl1952 July 17, 2012

This recipe by far is over the top! My husband raved about it all through the meal. The lemon is a perfect pairing with the arugula and broccoli. I was looking for a recipe using arugula as our garden is brimming over with it right now. My husband loves watching The Barefoot Contessa because he says her recipes are the best and found this one on her site. A big thumbs up on this one people!!!!

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libbyde2_11628404 July 09, 2012

Oh my goodness - this was great!! I never really thought about lemon and cream in the same sauce - delicious! I made a few minor changes, but of very little consequence. I used a 14.5 oz box of whole wheat penne, diced fresh tomatoes instead of cherry or grape tomatoes, and I kind of forgot about the zest until it was time to add it and only had 1 lemon left to grate into the sauce (the same one I sliced and used at the end). Thank you so much for sharing!

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ramartin42 September 16, 2010

I knew this was going to be tasty by the ingredients, but this is one of those recipes that surprise you with how much flavor you get for so few ingredients. I sauteed some chicken tenderloins I needed to use and then sauteed the garlic in the same oil, scraping up the little bits of chicken. I used half and half instead of the heavy cream to try to lower a little of the fat and calories. When I first added it to the pan, it almost curdled a bit but I just kept stirring quickly and it wound up working and tasting great...I may even push my luck and try whole milk next time. I also used spinach rather than arugula because I already had some in the fridge. As I'm writing this, I realized I also forgot the cheese! We didn't miss it at the time-BF, DD and and I all loved it and it was unanimously voted into the make-again files. In retrospect, I do think the cheese would balance the brightness of the lemon and tomato flavors and would be a great addition...but it's good to know if I need to cut the calories and fat even more, I can leave it out. This makes a beautiful dish that would be suitable for company but easy enough for a weeknight family meal. One note about the servings...we are pretty good eaters and this was easily 8 portions for us. Thanks for sharing this great recipe, cookiedog!

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little_wing September 09, 2009

Wow, so good! I made half the recipe and excluded the lemon zest. It was perfect! Thank you so much for posting. Ina's recipe also had 1 bunch of broccoli florets cooked crisp tender which I included. I will definitley make this often.

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Kiko July 30, 2009

Excellent and very easy recipe! This is one of the first recipes on zaar that I've made exactly as written (I usually add my own ingredients) and it was totally perfect and didn't need a thing. Don't forget to add the lemon slices at the end because they really do add additional flavor.

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TakeOut4Me July 05, 2009
Lemon Fusilli With Arugula Barefoot Contessa - Ina Garten