Sunday, November 1, 2009

Frugal Recipe Test Drive: Creamy Artichoke Pasta!

A few weeks ago, I told you how I cleaned out my pantry & searched for recipes that included specific ingredients. (Read my recipe for Chicken Suiza Cornbread Bake). Last night I found a jar of artichoke hearts and decided to find a recipe that included them. So I logged on to allrecipes.com and came across this delicious (& frugal!) pasta dish!

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (6 ounce) can marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
2. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place olive oil, butter, and liquid from artichoke hearts in skillet. Cut artichoke hearts into bite-size pieces. When olive oil mixture is hot, add onion and garlic. Saute until soft and lightly browned. Stir in artichoke hearts and saute until heated through. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oregano. Remove from heat and stir in cottage cheese and sour cream. Toss mixture with cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese.

Verdict: This pasta was quick, easy and delicious. My husband isn't really into artichokes but even he enjoyed it! Because I used a whole box of pasta (16 oz instead of 12), I did add a little extra olive oil, cottage cheese and more spices.

Read the original recipe here: Creamy Artichoke Pasta

5 gave me some sugar:

Cindy said...

I can't wait to try that! Thanks for the pointer. I might never have come across that in my own searching, since it's pretty rare that a jar of artichoke hearts lasts past pizza night around here (Try a white pizza with artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes sometime. Add some spinach, too, if you're in the mood. mmmmmm)

CJ said...

Sounds yummy, I'm gonna try it!

Leah said...

Sounds delicious! I love artichoke anything :)

Printing Postcards said...

Yay! Another good pasta recipe. Will definitely try this one. Thanks you!

The Queen of Clearance. said...

that sounds sooo yummy! Ill have to give it a try!