Pasta with Artichokes and Fresh Ricotta

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 403
  • Fat: 14.1g
  • Saturated fat: 5.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 18.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 53.5g
  • Fiber: 6.6g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Iron: 3.4mg
  • Sodium: 617mg
  • Calcium: 268mg

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 medium artichokes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 3 cups uncooked penne rigate pasta (about 12 ounces tube-shaped pasta)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine 4 cups water and juice. Cut off stem of each artichoke to within 1 inch of base; peel stem. Remove bottom leaves and tough outer leaves, leaving tender heart and bottom. Cut each artichoke in half lengthwise. Remove fuzzy thistle from bottom with a spoon. Thinly slice each artichoke heart; place in lemon water. Drain.
  2. 2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add artichokes and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 10 minutes or until artichokes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. 3. Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, artichoke mixture, pasta, reserved cooking liquid, parsley, and pepper in a large bowl, tossing to combine. Add ricotta in spoonfuls, stirring gently to combine. Spoon 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture into each of 6 bowls; top each serving with 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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