As we wait for spring to arrive, we’ve been looking forward to the fresh, simple recipes we get to enjoy throughout the growing season. Unfortunately, we have a while to wait! To tide us over, we splurged on some fresh herbs for a light pasta reminiscent of warmer times. And good news – you can buy locally-grown fresh herbs throughout the winter here in Indy, thanks to Good Life Farms and Harvestland Farm at the Indy Winter Farmer’s Market! (Fresh basil before July seems like cheating to me, but it’s somehow possible thanks to greenhouses and hydroponics!)
Inspired by some leftover sundried tomatoes, we whipped up this quick and easy capellini – which turned out being very tasty as well! Sundried tomatoes are one of my new favorite flavors to work with – and they’re keeping me satisfied until fresh ones are available. Try this out with a glass of white wine, and dream of the warmer days to come!
Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Capellini
What You Need
8.5 ounce jar sundried tomatoes in oil with herbs
14 ounce can artichoke hearts, quartered
16 ounces whole wheat capellini pasta
4 cloves garlic
1 to 2 handfuls basil
1 to 2 handfuls parsley
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more to garnish
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
What To Do
1 In a large pot, boil the capellini according to the package instructions, then drain.
2 Meanwhile, drain the artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes, reserving the oil from the tomato jar. If desired, cut the tomatoes and artichokes into smaller pieces. Dice the garlic. Roughly chop the parsley, and cut the basil into thin strips (chiffonade).
3 In a large skillet, add about 4 tablespoons oil from the tomato jar. Add the artichokes and saute for about 5 minutes, until starting to brown. Add sundried tomatoes and saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, until just beginning to brown. Turn off the heat.
4 In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes and artichokes with the drained pasta. basil, parsley, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve garnished with grated parmesan.