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Lemon, Artichoke, and Olive Pasta

By April 20, 2010April 20th, 2011Food, Kitchen, Main Courses, Recipes, Sides, Vegan, Vegetarian

Lemon-Artichoke Pasta

If there was a sauce war, I would definitely find myself in the lemon cream sauce camp. Nothing is more fresh than citrus, and nothing in citrus is more fresh than lemon. Unfortunately on Sunday night I was without cream to make the sauce for this pasta, so I improvised with something light and sweet that complimented the earthy sweetness of the artichoke hearts.


  • 1/2 box whole wheat pasta of your choice (sorry this isn’t more precise,
    I forgot to measure)
  • 8 ounces jarred halved artichokes
  • 2 tbsp freshly cut oregano
  • 1 tsp freshly cut parsley
  • 1 tsp freshly cut basil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup black or green olives, halved
  • Parmesan to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


Fresh herbs already from our garden!

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil Add salt, and cook until pasta is al dente.

2. Slice artichokes into pieces and put them in bowl. Add lemon zest and juice, and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Add olive oil, parsley, oregano and basil and fold together and coat thoroughly.

3. When pasta is cooked, drain and add to bowl with other ingredients. Toss add additional olive oil if necessary and top with freshly grated parmesan and additional fresh parsley or mint.

It’s just that easy. So quick and easy that its perfect for a swift weeknight dinner, or a dish for a party. You can’t go wrong with it and it’s completely adaptable (pretty much like everything we make right?). I think it would taste amazing with some added freshly bell peppers, edamame, or grilled chicken. The more I cook, the more I find that with a few base recipe memorizations you can pretty much go to the moon and back with options and ways to change it up? Do you have a favorite staple or base recipe?