Recipe: Penne & Artichokes

I made this last night and it was a huge hit. Typically when I make pasta, I’m always tempted to add cream or butter or something to make it a bit tastier. But this totally delivered on the taste factor. I did add chicken (at Ro’s request). There was plenty for three servings last night as well as lots of leftovers.
Ingredients (serves 6)
1 lb. penne rigate
1 small onion, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 artichoke hearts, quartered
1 1/4 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
In a skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the onion and the garlic in the olive oil. Add the artichoke hearts. Cook to a pale gold color over high heat, then add the tomatoes, seasoning to taste. Simmer 15-20 minutes over medium heat.
Cook the penne rigate until al dente according to package directions in boiling, salted water. Drain and add to the artichoke sauce. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan.
I took a few pictures as I cooked. Here’s my taste-tester

The sauce
The noodles

The finished product

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