Vegetarian Pasta Recipes:
Pasta with Artichokes and Pine Nuts
If you're looking for easy vegetarian pasta recipes, give this one a try!
This is quick and easy to make, but tastes delicious!
I use whole wheat pasta, but feel free to use your favorite.
Be sure to buy marinated artichoke hearts. (They usually come in a glass jar, not a can.) If you are able to find marinated artichoke hearts in a larger jar, buy it!
Check that you have these staples at home
- in the cupboard
- jar of marinated artichokes
- in the fridge or freezer
- pine nuts
- Parmesan cheese
- sour cream
Buy these fresh ingredients
Get out your equipment
- a pasta pot or large saucepan
- a large skillet
- a pasta strainer
- a cutting board and sharp knife
- a wooden spoon or other mixing spoon
- a large bowl
- Nice to have but not necessary
- a garlic press (if not, mince the garlic with a sharp knife)
- kitchen shears for cutting the artichoke hearts
- a rotary cheese grater (if not, use a regular grater)
2 cups/500 mL pasta
1 jar (6 oz/170 mL) marinated artichokes
1 onion, chopped
1 sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp/30 mL pine nuts
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/3 cup/75 mL grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup/75 mL sour cream
Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, get out a large skillet.
Pour the liquid from the artichoke jar into the skillet and heat it over medium-high heat.
Cut the artichokes into quarters and set them aside.
Add the onion, red pepper, pine nuts and garlic to the skillet.
Sauté for about 5 minutes, until the nuts are golden and the onion is soft.
Add the drained artichokes.
Cook for a minute more.
Remove from heat.
Toss the sauce with the cooked drained pasta.
Add the Parmesan cheese and the sour cream.
Toss to mix well.
- Use any chunky pasta (like shells, fusilli or rotini) instead of macaroni.
- Use a yellow, orange or green pepper instead of a red pepper.
Ideas for making this recipe your own
- Instead of pine nuts, substitute another crunchy alternative. How about cashews or almonds - or sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds?
- To make this a lighter dish, try substituting plain yogurt for some or all of the sour cream.
- Did you know that pine nuts are not nuts at all? They are actually seeds. Pine nuts come from certain varieties of pine trees - and can be eaten by many people who have nut allergies!
- If you can find a larger jar of marinated artichokes, buy it! The larger the jar, the more economical. You'll need about 1 cup/250 mL of artichokes and 1/2 cup/125 mL of liquid.
Serve this dish with
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