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Sep 25, 2013 10:42 AM

Do you cook arugula?

I love it raw but recently used it in a frittata and did not care for it cooked, at least in that application. I am curious if anyone enjoys it cooked?

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  1. Its nice wilted in olive oil and garlic.

    1. I put it on pizzas and throw it into sautes for vegetables that get tossed with pasta, To cook it like you would spinach, you really need the tough/older/wild arugula. We used to use the plants that had bolted when we were growing arugula.

      1. I add it to pasta while cooking (near the end -1 or 2 min) and I also do that with spinach and broccoli. I often prefer it blanched first like this and then drain completely and cook a little in whatever I am using to sauce the pasta - probably depends on how mature the arugula is. I have had some good arugula wilted and some not.

        1. I love it raw and cooked. I usually wilt with olive oil and garlic, some vinegar or bacon is also delicious too. A recent favorite was sauteed with Maitake mushrooms, pancetta, and garlic.

          Cooked or raw arugula pesto is also delicious!

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            Then I shall give it another try. I planted too much just for salads.

            1. re: MrsJonesey

              whiz your bounty in the food pro with some olive oil. divide into 1-2 tablespoon portions, wrap in plastic wrap, put the little packets in a ziploc to freeze. use them over the winter as "pesto" over pasta or in soups or over chicken.

                1. re: Isolda

                  I agree, great pesto. I've added cashews and it was fantastic.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    i like freezing excess herbs just with oil. this way it's more versatile later on.

          2. I have found that cooked it can become bitter, especially the older full leaved arugala.
            My favorite way to eat it is to buy the "baby arugala" which is very delicate yet spicy and i put a big handful in the bottom of a bowl and pour my hot soup ontop. The arugala wilts a bit but doesnt "cook" or become bitter.