Pasta with Artichoke Hearts, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Almonds

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Fusilli pasta tossed with marinated artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and toasted almonds.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

The summer potluck season is here! One of the challenges of preparing a dish to share with a group is food sensitivities or preferences.

Some of your gathering may be vegetarian, or gluten-free, or dairy-free, or all three. Pasta is pretty easy to do gluten-free, there are many gluten-free brands available that are pretty good (we’ve been using Bionaturae lately).

But if you’re going dairy-free, what about the Parm? To me pasta without Parmesan, or some other nutty cheese, is just missing something. So, following a tip from Sunset Magazine, I used chopped toasted almonds instead. You still get that nutty richness from the almonds, and lots of flavor.

Pasta with Artichoke Hearts & Sun Dried Tomatoes

One of the things I have found using gluten-free pasta is that it doesn’t do as well cold, as wheat pasta. I made the dish both ways, using gluten-free and regular pasta. Both were great warm and freshly made.

The regular pasta version was also good cold and reheated. The gluten-free version got a little stiff when chilled, and never fully recovered when reheated.

I love this pasta dish as a basis for experimentation. The original idea came from a farfalle roasted pepper recipe in Sunset. I could also see tossing in fresh sliced basil or strips of grilled chicken.

Pasta with Artichoke Hearts, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Toasted Almonds Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fusilli pasta (use gluten-free pasta for gluten-free version)
  • Salt
  • 1 14-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained, hearts cut into eighths, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, removed from oil (reserve oil), chopped
  • 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, loosely packed, more or less to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Method

1 Bring a large pot of well salted water to a vigorous boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and let cook, uncovered, at a full boil, for the amount of time specified on the pasta package, minus about 2 minutes. Test, the pasta should be cooked through, but still firm to the bite, al dente. While the pasta is cooking, prep the other ingredients.

2 Place the cut marinated artichoke hearts, the chopped sun-dried tomatoes, the toasted almonds, and lemon zest in a large bowl.

3 When the pasta is done, drain it, and add the pasta into the bowl with the artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Toss gently to mix. Sprinkle lemon juice, parsley, and black pepper over the pasta, toss to mix. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the sun-dried tomato oil to the pasta, and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss to mix. Taste and adjust seasonings.

At this point you can make ahead and reheat to serve.

Serve warm.

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  • Lisa

    Hi Elise — I went vegan last year, and this pasta dish is great. The nuts and zest give it that extra something in lieu of cheese. Thanks for the vegan recipes! -Lisa

  • Marcia

    I use hazelnuts or pine nuts in my pasta all the time, but hadn’t ever thought of almonds… I wonder why not?! Great idea. You also make a great point about getting the nuttiness without using Parmesan when making a vegan version. Never thought of that either! Thanks!

  • florence friedman

    How is this reheated?

    I reheat it in our microwave. ~Elise

  • Nancy Long

    think grilled shrimp would go well in this too.

  • Heather Hernandez

    I am currently eating this dish. I used pistachios instead of almonds and topped it off with some feta cheese. It is divine! It has a Mediterranean taste to it, which I love! Thanks for the recipe.

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