Artichoke-Basil Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Artichoke-Basil Pasta Sauce Recipe

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"I received this recipe from my college roommate, and it quickly became one of my favorites,” notes Janet Bischof of Sumter, South Carolina. “Basil gives the meatless pasta sauce just the right taste.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:5 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 jar (6-1/2 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • Hot cooked pasta

Nutritional Facts

1 cup sauce (prepared without salt; calculated without pasta) equals 124 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 258 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Drain artichokes, reserving marinade; set artichokes aside. In a large saucepan, saute onion and mushrooms in reserved marinade for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the artichokes, tomatoes, water, tomato paste, basil, sugar and salt if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until heated through. Serve over pasta. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Artichoke-Basil Pasta Sauce in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p42

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Delicious. I used artichokes packed in water. I sauteed the onions and mushrooms in some olive oil and added some red pepper flakes instead of the oil from the artichokes. After it was all put together and simmering I did add some additional water to thin it out a bit (my personal preference). Very very tasty. You won't be disappointed."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2008

"This was amazing! The only thing is that I served it with fresh grated mozzarella and parmesan cheeses! My dad, who is not a huge pasta fan, absolutely loved this and asked for me to keep this recipe."

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