Thursday, April 10, 2008

Artichoke and lemon linguine and I've won a book!

Artichoke and lemon linguine

Food bloggers are the best, aren’t they?

The talented Allen had his first book giveaway and I won! Yay!!
He’s sending me this amazing book, which comes with a DVD. I can’t wait to start making recipes from it!
Thank you, Allen!

I once tried a no-carb diet. Needless to say, it was a huge failure. I avoided rice and potato and bravely resisted cakes and cookies. But there are two things I can’t live without: bread and pasta.
Even those who are not that crazy about pasta will admit that, if you need a quick meal, that is the way to go. And to make it even faster, sometimes you don’t even need to cook the sauce.

If you decide to give this fabulous recipe a try, I promise you that dinner will be on the table in 10 minutes. Maybe 12, if you grill some bread with olive oil and serve along. :)

Recipe found on Fernanda’s beautiful blog – she used coriander in her pasta, but I did not have any around and went for parsley instead.


This will be my entry for the Weekend Herb Blogging, this time hosted by Jai and Bee, from Jugalbandi.

Artichoke and lemon linguine

Artichoke and lemon linguine

200g linguine
8 canned artichoke hearts – rapidly rinse them to remove any excess brine
juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
1 large handful of parsley
fleur de sel
freshly ground black pepper
4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
grated parmesan, to serve

Cook the linguine in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente; drain and set aside.While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: place the artichoke hearts, lemon zest and juice, parsley, fleur de sel, pepper and olive oil in a food processor and process until you get a smooth mixture. Stir the sauce through the pasta, top with the parmesan and serve at once.

Serves 2

Artichoke and lemon linguine


Susan @ SGCC said...

I love to make pasta like this when the weather is warm. It couldn't be any simpler or more delicious!

Congrats on your win. Can't wait to read about your new creations!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Here in the US there is a wonderful brand of low-carb pasta called Dreamfields. I'd been avoiding pasta for a couple of years, because most of the whole grain and supposedly lower-carb pastas were so awful. But now I'm back to pasta once or twice a week -- yippee!

Deborah said...

I actually have half a can of artichokes that I need to use up - this sounds so perfect!!

And I could never live without carbs. Life is just not worth living without them!

Peter M said...

Patricia, the empty plate does not lie, does it?

Lemon & artichokes are a match so why not in pasta? Congrats on the book win.

Allen said...

Thank you for the kind words, Patricia -- you are very welcome!

I've tried low-carb before and never succeeded. My body demands cards :-)

I love quick meals and this sounds wonderfully flavorful as well!

Anonymous said...

RIGHT up my alley, Patricia.
Perfection in pasta.

LyB said...

I have only just recently discovered artichoke hearts (I know, where have I been!) and I love them! This pasta dish sounds just right for those days when cooking is out of the question! And for the record, I couldn't live without bread and pasta either! :)

Manggy said...

Ah, this is a great combination-- it reminds me of that avgolemono pasta I posted eons ago, but of course this is healthier as it has no egg yolks, heh :)

Dee said...

Hurray for carbs!
i've been dying to cook some artichokes but couldn't find a suitable recipe for the sorry little can in my pantry, so Yay!

dee from choosandchews

pepsakoy said...

Wow...congratulations !! I wish I were lucky like you..:)

Anonymous said...

Wow, that looks great and looks healthy. The cleaned plate says it all!

Pille said...

Congrats on the book - and thank you for a lovely recipe, Patricia!

Stella said...

I'll try this today but without the artichokes. Sur sounds yummmmmy!

Pat said...

Congrats on the book and your pasta dish looks really yummy!!!

Peabody said...

Looks like a good book to win!

bee said...

a delicious entry!! thank you.

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous plate of pasta and what a great book to win.

Lucky you :)

Anonymous said...

As far as I'm concerned you can't find a much better combination than pasta and artichoke. This sounds divine!

test it comm said...

That pasta looks nice and fresh and tasty.

Anonymous said...

It's true ... foodies are amazing and talented people. I'm always amazed at some of the quality recipes and photos I see out there. Your linguine looks amazing too!

Anonymous said...

What nice, simple pasta dish! I agree, a no-carb diet is not only impossible, but not worth doing. Without bread or pasta, what's there to look forward to? ;)

pam said...

Pasta is my go-to for simple weeknight meals!

Aimée said...

Looks awesome! Thanks for a recipe with ingredients that I generally have on hand in my kitchen.
Congrats on winning your book!

Elle said...

What a great recipe when you are in a hurry and the addition of the lemon.

KJ said...

Lucky you, winning a book. I have never really tried artichokes. I think I have been missing out.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This is perfect - I love artichokes and lemon, and have been looking for recipes where I can quickly add canned artichokes.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Congrats on your win! I can't wait to see what you make from your new book. Your linguine looks totally delicious!

RecipeGirl said...

I've tried some low carb diets with success but felt like I was in total agony and suffering the entire time!! No more. Love my pasta too much. My plate would be as clean as yours with this dish. All ingreds. sound like they make a wonderful pasta dish!

MPG said...

Yummy! I would totally eat this! We are getting really great fresh artichokes right now and I just made some with pasta as well :-P

sher said...

Congratulations--and that is my favorite kind of pasta. The picture is soooo pretty too.

Anonymous said...

Low carb and I would not get along for the exact same reason. I could under no circumstance give up bread or pasta!
This looks wonderful, Patricia!

Anonymous said...

A no-carb diet sounds torturous; I don't think I can go a week without my rice! And I can pretty much figure out that you're a big pasta fan; every time I need a quick[pasta]meal, I turn to your blog for beautiful recipes. Can't wait to give this one a try!

Marianna said...

Artichoke, lemon, linguine!! That sounds terribly good!! Lovely recipe Patricia!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, it's great for spring.

Lydia, that is nice to know. You deserve to have your pasta and eat it too. ;)

Deb, I hope you give this a try, my friend, because it's delicious!

Peter, it does not, my friend. :)

Allen, it's such a joy having discovered your blog. And I have to thank Mark for that!

Graeme, thank you - that means a lot to me.

LyB, those are pretty addictive, aren't they?

Mark, I like egg yolks - too bad I can't have too many of them (high cholesterol level). :(

Dee, thank you for stopping by!

Pepsakoy, thank you!

Hi Cathy! Tks for your visit!

Pille, thank you, darling!

Stella, that sounds unusual, let me know how it turns out. :)

Pat, thank you, dear!

Pea, the cover looks beautiful! And I do love baking.

Bee, I'm glad you like it! Tks!

Hi Kitchen Goddess, thank you!

Julie, I want to try your artichoke caneloni. :)

Kevin, thank you.

Chuck, thank you! What a nice thing to say.

Hannah, very simple, indeed!

Pam, you've said it all.

Aimée, I hope you give this a try!

Elle, I love the addition of lemon, too. :)

KJ, you definitely should. :)

T.W., I'm sure you'll like this.

Lynn, tks! I'll be baking like crazy, you bet. :)

Hi, sweetie! And the result is a light pasta dish.

MPG, let me know if you try it, please?

Sher, thank you!

Kristen, I know! It's so hard giving those up.

Hi sweetie! I'm glad you feel this way - it means a lot to me, tks!

Marianna, thank you, darling!

JB said...

This looks lovely and so easy to make, I can't wait to try it.
Also, congratualtions on winning, I'm looking forward to your creations from the book.

Anonymous said...

Patricia, congrats on winning a book! This is great! Your recipe sounds simple and easy to make, I love it!

Kalyn Denny said...

I'm a fan of the Dreamfields pasta too, just like Lydia. This sounds like a very easy and tasty sauce; I love everything in it!

Ngoc said...

Hi Patricia,

I just recently crash-and-burned on a low-carb "diet." Thank goodness I came across this recipe. I'm also submitting it to A Taste of Yellow! :)

Anonymous said...

Pasta looks lovely.

Cutting out starch from the diet makes me go absolutely bonkers. A few years ago my husband and I went on Atkins' diet and after 2 weeks we were totally depressed. Then he had a tiny chocolate in front of me and I was about to burst into tears when I gave in and had some too. Felt much better afterwards. ;-)

Abitofafoodie said...

I quite agree, pasta is the perfect 'fast food' and I couldn't live without it! This looks like a really fresh and delicious way to serve it!

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