Rotelle with Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Basil

pasta with fresh summer tomatoes and artichokes

Here’s a summer pasta dish that’s perfect for using all those ripe, juicy tomatoes from the garden or farm market. Teamed with artichokes, this makes a quick and tasty dinner. Serve with Summer Squash, Green Bean, and Chickpea Salad and fresh corn. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky.

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 8 ounces rotelle or rotini (spiral) pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 pound very ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed chopped fresh basil leaves, or more or less to taste
  • 12 ounces marinated artichoke hearts (jarred or purchased by weight)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, to taste
  • 12 to 16 basil leaves, sliced, or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook the pasta until al dente, then drain and transfer to a serving  container.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and red pepper and sauté until the pepper has softened.

Add the tomatoes and sauté just until they have lost their raw quality; don’t let them soften too much. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until just heated through.

Combine the pasta with the vegetable mixture in the serving container and toss together. This dish is best served warm or even at room temperature rather than hot.

pasta with fresh summer tomatoes and artichoke hearts

 

Nutritional Information:
Per Serving: 261.7 calories; 9.8g fat; 214.1mg sodium; 77.8mg potassium; 40.8g carbs; 4.1g fiber; 4.9g sugar; 5.8g protein

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