Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pantry Pasta

We all have those nights don't we? The day's been long, it's already dark outside and the fridge has little else in it other than milk, mustard and jam. My solution? Pantry pasta! I love coming up with quick mealtime solutions with what I happen to have on hand -- and it doesn't become much easier than this concotion!

The dish is made using sweet shallots (but you could use onions instead), marinated artichokes and a crumbly breadcrumb topping. Easy weeknight dinners don't get tastier than this!
Pantry Pasta
Serves 4

12 oz fettuccine
Olive oil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
3 shallots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1-1/2 cups marinated artichokes, chopped
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook pasta according to package instructions saving 1/3 cup of pasta water.

While the pasta is cooking, add a generous drizzle of olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs, pinch of salt and pepper and thyme, stirring until breadcrumbs are golden and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Add another drizzle of oil to the skillet, cook shallots, garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper until shallots are softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in artichokes, cook until warmed through. Add in pasta and pasta water, stirring until combined. Arrange in serving bowl and drizzle with lemon juice. Top with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and a little pinch of salt and pepper. Enjoy!


The Cooking Actress said...

Oh this pasta sounds so divine!

Chocolate Shavings said...

The Cooking Actress: It's one of my favourites - and oh so easy!

La Table De Nana said...

We love meals like this.And the turquoise is just so pretty.

Chocolate Shavings said...

La Table De Nana: Thank you!

Unknown said...

Pantry pasta with artichokes looks good to me!

Deana Sidney said...

I do that kind of cooking more often than I can say. Lovely suggestions for a pantry dinner and so perfectly shot. You make the everyday look special.

Chocolate Shavings said...

lostpastremembered: Thank you and I hope you give it a try!

Sara said...

This sounds SO delicious...definitely putting artichoke hearts on my shopping list!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Sara: Let me know what you think!

Beth said...

Pantry pasta is a great way to use up what's on hand!

Sara said...

I made this last night and really loved it! I only had a small can of artichoke hearts, so I added some frozen peas as well, which was delicious. Super yummy - thanks for a fantastic and easy recipe!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Sara: I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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