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Artichoke & Lemon Pasta

Artichoke & Lemon Pasta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD: 6 servings.


  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups uncooked bow tie pasta (about 12 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, well drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Fill a 6-qt. stockpot three-fourths full with water; add 2 teaspoons salt and bring to a boil. Add asparagus; cook, uncovered, 1-2 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Remove asparagus and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  • 2. In same pot of water, cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Return pasta to pot.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add artichoke hearts; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add to pasta.
  • 4. Add asparagus, goat cheese, parsley, lemon peel, lemon juice and the remaining salt and oil; toss to combine, adding enough reserved pasta water to coat. Heat through. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 343 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 919mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.


Average Rating:
  • cindiak
    Apr 11, 2018

    So simple and yummy. I think using freshly squeezed lemon juice gives it a fresher taste.

  • Helayne
    Dec 28, 2017

    Simple, easy, and delicious!

  • katjan68
    May 2, 2017

    As a diabetic I cannot eat the pasta but luckily for me they now make a Faro Pasta

  • Briadona
    Mar 29, 2016

    Thanks Peter! Really enjoyed your recipe and story. Used 12 Oz of pasta though that was more than 4 cups. Only thing extra added was some fresh cracked pepper. Perfection!

  • justmbeth
    Feb 27, 2016

    I was pleasantly surprised how good this was, especially after seeing the lack of liquids. I used feta instead of goat cheese.

  • kaskren
    Nov 10, 2015

    This was so Yummy!! Made it for some family stopping by and it was a hit. I would definitely make it for a dinner party.

  • NH-rescue
    Sep 29, 2015

    Really delicious, nice and cheesy. Great way to use up asparagus when it is coming up fast and furious. Goes well with white wine.

  • Acsammel
    May 31, 2015

    When I saw this recipe in the magazine I thought it sounded delicious, but the result was even more delicious than I expected! To simplify the cooking process, I just added the chopped asparagus to the boiling pasta during the last 2.5 minutes on the timer. I didn't have goat cheese on hand, so I used a blend of 3/4 cup parm and 1/4 cup shredded moz. I keep diced grilled chicken in my freezer, so I added a container of that which made the pasta more filling. My kids loved this dish!

  • spronovo
    May 8, 2015

    Delicious, delicious, delicious. This recipe was a perfect balance of citrus with the cheeses, asparagus and artichoke hearts. We fried up some italian sausages to have on the side.

  • toolbarsco
    May 2, 2015

    Absolutely delicious! I used marinated artichoke hearts since that was what I had on hand--drained and rinsed them and used some of the marinade instead of oil. Did not add goat cheese (not a family favorite) but added jumbo shrimp. Next time I will try adding chicken--

    love one reviewers idea of seasoning chicken (or shrimp) with lemon pepper.

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