Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pasta with Artichokes and Fresh Ricotta

1 can chopped artichokes, drained
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
3 cups uncooked penne rigate pasta (about 12 ounces tube-shaped pasta)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add artichokes and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 2 minutes or until artichokes are tender, stirring occasionally.

2. Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, artichoke mixture, pasta, reserved cooking liquid, parsley, and pepper in a large bowl, tossing to combine. Add ricotta in spoonfuls, stirring gently to combine. Spoon 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture into each of 6 bowls; top each serving with 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano.

--Adapted from Cooking Light magazine

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