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This easy artichoke pasta recipe is so full of flavor! Using cans from your pantry speeds up dinner prep in this quick weeknight meal.
I love a well-stocked pantry. I get a little panicky when my can shelf starts to look bare.
February is National Canned Food Month. I didn’t know that was a thing, did you?
The reason canned food gets its own month is that it’s a great resource to have on hand if you want to make healthy meals for your family. As long as you have cans of healthy, shelf-stable ingredients available, dinnertime can come together easily and healthy meals are more likely. If you look in your cabinets and there’s “nothing to eat,” that’s when the take-out temptation is at its strongest.
I’m happy to partner with Star Market to create this easy pasta sauce recipe using several canned food items. Canned foods are typically more affordable than fresh or frozen, and they’re often just as healthy. The convenience of shelf-stable items is a real plus for people who like to wing it with meal planning. Canned tomatoes and beans are the building blocks of so many different types of recipes.
Sometimes you just need one extra ingredient to make a great pasta sauce, and for me, artichoke hearts do the trick. They bring a nice texture and saltiness to the sauce without being overpowering.
I paired artichoke hearts with San Marzano tomatoes to make this sauce special. The meal comes together in 30 minutes, which is just about as much time as I have on a busy weeknight. If you leave out the sausage for a vegetarian version, it will cut down the prep time to just 20 minutes.
This recipe yields 8 hearty servings. If you’re planning to eat it over two nights, I recommend cooking half the pasta each night so it’s at its freshest.
Easy Artichoke Pasta Recipe
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 yellow pepper chopped
- 14 oz can artichoke hearts drained and quartered
- 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes
- 15 oz can plain tomato sauce
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 lbs whole grain pasta
- Fresh basil for garnish
- Fresh Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Fill a large pot of water and set it on the stove to boil.
- While the water comes to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Cook the sausage over medium heat, turning the pieces a few times for even cooking. Remove the cooked sausage and set aside. Leave the juices in the pan.
- Place the garlic, yellow pepper, and artichoke hearts in the pan. Saute over medium low heat until the pepper begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the cooked sausage back to the skillet, along with the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and maple syrup. Season with salt and pepper, and chop up the whole tomatoes with a spatula. Simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until thickened to your liking.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Grate some fresh Parmesan cheese for serving.
- When the sauce is done simmering, taste it and add more salt, pepper, and/or maple syrup as needed. (Remember that the parm will give it a little extra saltiness.)
- Drain the pasta and divide it into pasta bowls. Top with sauce, Parmesan, and basil. Serve warm.
Approximate Nutrition Info
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Artichoke Pasta Recipe Price Breakdown
This hearty recipe yields 8 servings and it costs a total of $19.01 to make, or $2.38 per serving. The cost per serving comes down to $1.88 if you leave out the sausage. Either way, this delicious artichoke pasta recipe is a great way to use cans from the pantry to build an easy, delicious dinner.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Star Market. The opinions and text are all mine.