This dish comes together as quickly as it takes to boil the water for the pasta. It was inspired by a trip to Seattle’s Pike Place Market. I came upon a fantastic marinated artichoke bar there, and the thought just struck me how tasty marinated artichokes might be in a pasta.
1. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook the pasta for 1 minute less than the package instructs.
2. While the water is boiling, add the extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and shallot and sauté together for about 3 minutes.
3. Add the artichoke hearts, lemon zest, lemon juice, and white wine. Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to half and coats the back of the spoon.
4. Stir in half the parsley and basil. Add the butter and let it melt into the sauce. Stir. Season with salt and pepper and turn down the heat on the sauce until pasta is ready.
5. When the pasta is cooked, drain and toss it in the skillet with the sauce and remaining parsley and basil.
6. Finish with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve.
Tip: Artichokes marinated in oil bring more flavor to this dish.
From The Quick Six Fix by Stuart O’Keeffe. Copyright © 2016 by Stuart O’Keeffe. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
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