Friday, March 11, 2011

Easy Weekend Recipe that is Company Worthy

I tried this recipe this week and my entire family loved it,  Plum Tomatoes and Artichokes with Penne Pasta.  It was easy and I would say definitely "company worthy".  I am not sure where I came across the recipe, but I have had it for years without trying it, as evidence by the worn and withered paper it was printed on but I am glad I kept up with it because it was so good.  My oldest son even asked if the left overs could be dinner last night (he is notorious for not liking left overs) so I think that says something.

Plum Tomatoes and Artichokes With Penne Pasta

*12 ounces oil-marinated artichoke hearts
    (I had to use 2 6 ounce to get the ones
    packed in the oil which is crucial!)
*1 cup chopped onions
*1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic
*2 - 28 ounce cans plum tomatoes, crushed
*2 Tablespoons tomato paste
*1 teaspoon dried basil
*1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
*1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
*Salt &  freshly ground Pepper to taste
*2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
      (the recipe called for flat leaf parsley but all I had on hand was cilantro)
*Cooked Penne Pasta (12 ounce box)
*Parmesan and/or Mozzarella cheese (grated) to sprinkle on top

1. Drain the artichokes, reserving the oil, and halve them lengthwise.

2. Place 3 Tablespoons of the artichoke oil marinade in a heavy pot.  Add the onions and stir over low heat for 10 minutes, adding the garlic during the last couple of minutes.  Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and red-pepper flakes. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Simmer, uncovered for 40 minutes.

3. Add the reserved artichoke hearts with the remaining oil marinade and stir occasionally while simmering for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the cilantro and adjust the seasoning to your taste and add Penne and toss well. 

Sprinkle with grated cheese to taste

Serves 6-8


  1. Hey, this would work as one of my Meatles Monday recipes! I'm storing it away for future reference. Thanks.

  2. This sounds great! I am always looking for really tasty meatless dishes; although some shrimp would be good in this, I think. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am saving this for my menu rotation, it sounds so good!!! Thank you for sharing!

  4. O my goodness. That recipe combines several of my favorite things. I must try it. Carla

  5. Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

    Have an awesome weekend!

  6. This recipe has my favorite ingredients in it. Excellent.

  7. This is a recipe that I know we would enjoy! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Artichokes are something that I have never been able to get my family to eat, but they love pasta dishes, so I am going to give this a try!

  9. Saved it! Looks delicious! And my boys love pasta!

  10. I wish the Big Tuna liked artichokes, but he's like a toddler with food that isn't beige.

  11. Wow, that looks delish. I can't wait to try out this recipe.

  12. I am a pasta loving girl, so this looks delicious to me :) xoxo

  13. Just wanted to pop over and take a look at the blog owned by a lady who left a lovely comment on my blog just a few days ago.

    Thank you for your sweet words and I look forward to following your blog too!

    I'll be sure to try this recipe, as it sounds delicious.


  14. Oh Michelle, I KNOW this would be good...AND yes, company worthly. You can never have too many recipes on hand you might fix for company.


  15. This sounds great!!

    I'd have to substitute to make it gluten free (which is totally doable) since my 18 month old has Celiac Disease, but it looks totally worth it!!

  16. I looooove penne pasta. This recipe looks delish. :)

  17. oh yum! Gotta try this one. Girl, I totally thought I was already following now!
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. This sounds (and looks) so delicious. I am always looking for good meatless recipes because decent meat is expensive :). Thanks for posting it!


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