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Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Pasta

Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Capellini

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 Pasta

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 6


  • 1 pound whole wheat capellini or spaghetti pasta
  • 8-ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil with herbs (with oil)
  • 14-ounce can artichoke hearts
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 large handful parsley
  • 1 large handful basil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to garnish
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. In a large pot, boil the pasta according to the package instructions, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, drain the artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes, reserving the oil from the tomato jar. If desired, cut the tomatoes and artichokes into smaller pieces. Mince 4 cloves garlic. Roughly chop the parsley, and cut the basil into thin strips (chiffonade).
  3. In a large skillet, heat 4 tablespoons oil from the tomato jar over medium heat. Add the artichokes and saute 5 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes and saute for 1 minute. Add the garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, until just fragrant, then 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 cheese.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    March 31, 2011 at 7:37 am

    This is so dorky, but I only know what hydroponics is because of a book I read with my students (in 4th grade) about farming. :) You learn something new in 4th grade every year. I, too, recently splurged on some basil, although I wish we had some better local markets here in Minneapolis. This pasta looks fabulous. I love the addition of artichokes!

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      March 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Thank you! And it was partially inspired by your pasta recipe the other day! :)

      PS I didn’t know you were based in Minneapolis – I’m from there originally!

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        Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
        April 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

        Nice! And now you live in Indy? One of my good friends lives in downtown Indy… he’s not much of a cook himself, but kind of a foodie… I will pass your blog on to him!

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          April 1, 2011 at 9:25 am

          Yes, we’re based in Indy now :) Thanks for passing us along! And let us know if you’re ever in town!

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      April 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      I am from Minneapolis, lived downtown. I moved to Orlando a year ago. Since it is beginning to warm up in MN, you should check out the farmers market on Nicollet downtown, there are local farmers and growers selling their produce and products all day! You should look to see when that all starts! Also, there are farmers markets every weekend by the Basilica. Happy cooking!

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        April 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        Meant to say, every Thursday!

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    Parsley Sage
    March 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Fresh and tasty! Could have fooled me that it wasn’t summer yet ;)

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    Carolyn Jung
    April 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Love how easy this is to put together. Perfect for a harried weeknight.

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    Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls
    April 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    What an incredibly gorgeous dish!!

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    April 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I’m totally making this tonight. I have a craving for pasta, and this looks great!

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    Amanda V
    April 3, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I’m not a big fan of heavy pasta dishes; I much prefer combining simple, fresh ingredients. This looks like a great combination!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures
    April 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    This looks fantastic! I am making this once I can grow fresh herbs in my garden!

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    April 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Great photos, too!

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    Sonia | Food Obsessed
    June 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    This looks so gooooooooood! Yet, the recipe couldn’t be simpler. My kind of dish. I will definitely be making this.

    Oh, and gorgeous picture!!!

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    October 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Great dish. I added sunflower seeds which I had quickly roasted before.

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    June 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Made this last week and it was pretty tasty. Will add pine nuts next time for more protein and texture.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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      June 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Great idea! Love the idea of adding nuts — maybe toasted!

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