Spaghetti with cream sauce and artichokes

Alternative title: Pasta-with-whatever-you-located-in-your-pantry-and-fridge.

Pioneer Woman has this amazing recipe for Spaghetti with artichoke hearts and tomatoes that you can find here.  I’ve made it a whole bunch of times and it’s been a huge hit with the hubs and my friends. 

Then I started getting lazy.  And I didn’t want to go shopping for all the perfect ingredients.  Instead, I just throw most of the stuff together into an absolutely delicious pasta dish.  I’d totally follow her recipe to start, but something about making it your own that makes it extra yummy.

Here’s what I found yesterday.

Good enough, right?

Start by dicing up the onion and cooking it for a minute or two.

Then throw in some garlic, tomatoes, and drained artichokes.

Swoosh it all around for a couple of minutes, then add half-and-half (or cream or whatever).

Add salt, pepper, and, if you’re like me and love all things delicious, red pepper flakes.

Cover and turn the heat down to simmer the whole thing.

Now put a pot with some water to boil.  Then, once it’s boiling, add a little olive oil and salt, then throw in the pasta.

I love pasta.  I prefer whole wheat pasta, but there’s no convincing Jon to eat anything that’s even remotely healthy.

Check on Peanut.

Peanut is still sleeping soundly in her swing.  If you don’t have a Peanut to check on, you can come check on mine.

Now pull out this stuff.

It’s for the finishing touches.

After the pasta cooks, drain and throw it in with the other goodness.

Mix the whole thing together real well, then throw some cheese and scallions on top.

Grab a couple of bowls and spoon the goodies into them.

Grab a fork and dig in!


Comments

  1. Katy's Neverending Story says:

    Y.U.M.

  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    This looks absolutely amazing – yet so simple!

  3. 1ne Proud Mama says:

    Ooo! That looks good. I make a Rigatoni with Italian Sausage in a cream sauce, but I might have to try this one too! I like artichokes.

  4. The "Peanut one month" post showed up in my reader and she is ADORABLE! I love all that hair and that you read to her in Russian! Also, I haven't commented in awhile, but I made your macaroni & cheese recipe the day you posted it and it was fabulous! I am going to Publix tomorrow to get some artichoke hearts to make this pasta dish this weekend!!!

  5. Hi, are you friends with Jenna from "Jenna's Journey"? I was wondering why Jenna was not invited to Kelly's shower? I also noticed that Kelly has deleted Jenna from her blogroll and from her Twitter followers. Kelly is so sweet. Jenna must have done something really, really awful to upset Kelly so much. Do you know what happened?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi, are you friends with Jenna from "Jenna's Journey"? I was wondering why Jenna was not invited to Kelly's shower? I also noticed that Kelly has deleted Jenna from her blogroll and from her Twitter followers. Kelly is so sweet. Jenna must have done something really, really awful to upset Kelly so much. Do you know what happened?

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