Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pasta with Artichokes

This is a great pasta dish to make along side some grilled chicken or fish.  It's easy to make, not much preparation, and definitely can be done in 30 minutes or less!  I actually made it twice in one week, and everyone who ate it loved it very much!  The first time I only put artichokes in it.  The second time I added portabella mushrooms, zucchini, and grape tomatoes.  Another good addition would be toasted pine nuts.  

Pasta with Artichokes
(serves 6-8 people)

1 box pasta, any kind, cooked
1/2 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
1 bag frozen artichokes (Trader Joe's has a good one!)
7-8 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
1 cup wine
juice of 2-3 lemons
zest of 1 lemon, optional
1 bunch parsley, chopped

Start by preparing the pasta and while it's cooking do the following: In a deep large pan melt the butter and the olive oil over medium heat.  Once melted add the frozen artichokes (halved tomatoes, chopped mushrooms, and zucchini too, if you are using).  Let veggies saute for a few minutes then add the minced garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper to the pan.  Saute for another 7 minutes and add white wine (whatever you have left in the fridge) and the juice of 2-3 lemons (and zest, if using).  Deglaze the pan and scrape the little bits off the bottom.  Add cooked pasta and chopped parsley, mix to combine and serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese! Enjoy!
NOTE: If you want more of a saucey sauce, add more wine, butter, and olive oil at the end.
This is the one with the extra veggies...the tomatoes end up breaking down adding to the sauce! It's really delish!


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