Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pappardelle Pasta with Artichokes, Tomatoes and Olives

Pappardelle Pasta with Artichokes, Tomatoes and Olives
The last few days have been busy ones, impromptu house showings, dental visits and quick trips to the next town make for hasty meals. Even dinner had been an afterthought, until last night. We all have had a day or days like that, right? It takes all you’ve got just to stay on top of things, but that is the beauty of life. A ordinary box of pasta can be a simple fix for creating quick and healthy meals, using fresh or pantry ingredients.

Now back to last night, I had four fresh artichokes and a few tomatoes left over from last week’s farmers market. I decided to trim up the artichokes so that the stem and heart were exposed and then tossed them in boiling water. Once they were tender all the other ingredients came together quickly. Tomatoes were diced, Kalamata olives halved and then fresh lemon juice and zest were added. When ready to serve everything was combined with pappardelle pasta and a little pasta water. To complete this meal I sprinkled Parmesan cheese on top and garnished with fresh basil.

Artichokes from the farmers market

Serve 2 to 3

Ingredients:

4 medium artichokes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large heirloom tomatoes
1 1/2 lemons, divided
¼ cup olives
½ to 1 cup pasta water
8 ounces Pappardelle pasta
Fresh basil for garnish
½ cup Parmesan cheese, divided.

To prepare:

Begin by preparing the artichokes. I used this Serious Eats site as a resource and let me tell you it was very helpful. I followed the tender hearts and stems instruction as that is what I was going to use for the pasta.

After trimming; toss the artichokes in a pot of boiling water with a lemon half and simmer until tender. About 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from water, set aside.

In a large pot of boiling salted water cook pasta, follow cooking directions on bag. (Depending on the type of pasta you are using). Mine took about 7 to 9 minutes. Before draining remove about a coffee cup of water, set aside.
Drain pasta, set aside.

In a large pot or skillet add olive oil and then garlic, sauté about a minute, stirring constantly. Next add artichokes, tomatoes, olives, lemon juice and zest and pasta. Combine everything with tongs, add pasta water and then add half of the Parmesan cheese, combine again. Season with salt and pepper, taste, season again if necessary. Add the last of the Parmesan and the basil. Enjoy!



Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

44 comments:

  1. This looks wonderful Cheri! LOVE that pasta - and the olives and tomatoes too. Great recipe!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, can't get enough of summer tomatoes, they are so good.

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  2. Pasta with freshly prepped artichokes - what a real treat! I love pappardelle and honestly, you could pair it with anything for me but this is so fresh and wonderful for a summer dinner.

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    1. Pappardelle is great...love that it is quick and easy to prepare. And you can always buy frozen artichoke hearts, thats what I do in the winter.

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  3. This is the perfect pasta dish in my opinion. Simple with good flavours. Are you selling your house?

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    1. Yes, the one in Oregon. I still have mixed feelings about it. Anyway hope you are having a great week-end Tandy, take care!

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  4. Such a fresh and delicious meal. Those fresh artichokes look really inviting.

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    1. Thanks Angie, they are not so much work after working with them a few times.

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  5. As you know, Cheri, I love cooking like that, too. Sometimes they are the best meals! This looks particularly good, and definitely one to write down for the future!

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    1. Thanks David, you can't go wrong with pappardelle.

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  6. Pasta to the rescue! And prepared by a maestro in the kitchen! Ps Are you selling your house so you can purchase one with a bigger garden?

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    1. haha! you are so funny Kim, actually no we are looking for a newer home with a smaller yard.

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  7. We all have nights like that when dinner needs to get on the table, fast! This looks like the perfect solution.

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  8. Cheryl that pasta looks amazing, I love artichokes but so rarely buy or cook with them. What a wonderful meal.

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    1. Hi Suzanne, it's not very often that I cook with them either, most of the time I steam them. Take care!

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  9. I just bought four beautiful looking artichokes at the farmer's market today. Now I know what to do with them.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

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  10. So yummy ! nothing beats a plate of pasta that's cooked with the freshest ingredients. Enjoy :)

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  11. Looks like a wonderful, yummy dinner.
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  12. I love this recipe, such a good vegetarian recipe and a great way to use artichokes.

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  13. Yum! I love pappardelle as well as everything else in this dish. I know it was wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Chris, can't go wrong with pappardelle.

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  14. It looks delish and I love pappardelle..I hope all the moving plans work out:)

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    1. Thanks Monique, pappardelle is such a wonderful pasta. Take care!

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  15. It looks delish and I love pappardelle..I hope all the moving plans work out:)

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  16. This pasta looks fantastic for a quick dinner - and best of luck with the showings - I know how busy that can make life!

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    1. Ha!ha! I bet you do, wish you luck with yours Phi!

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  17. What a great recipe. Love the flavors here. Bookmarked!

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  18. Beautiful dish and I love the artichokes. You've an inspirational flow of beautiful dishes this summer Cheri! Much enjoyed especially during my 'sitting with a heating pad on my back' time! Now, its back to the computer for easier commenting!

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    1. So glad you are on the mend Peggy, it must of been frustrating for you as you seem like such a busy person, take care!!

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  19. Oh Cheri, what a beautiful and tasty pasta dish...I love all the vegetables you have in it! Thanks for the inspiration...have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana, summer tomatoes are so good, they speak for themselves.

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  20. Beautiful dish Cheri. I love that pasta and of course fresh artichokes and tomatoes.

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    1. Pappardelle is one of my favorites, have a great week-end!

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  21. Oh, pappardelle pasta is my very favorite, Cheri. What a perfectly delicious dish with these gorgeous artichokes. I'm ready to do a face plant! Great shots, too!

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  22. That looks just wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link party. Have a great week.

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  23. Such a simple dish, but the flavor must have been great with those ingredients. I love how you are able to take whatever ingredients you get and come up with an amazing recipe. I want to be able to do that more. Thanks for always inspiring me, Cheri!

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