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artichokes in pasta

Speedy suppers really suit the summer months. I don’t know about you but I find the pace of summer means my calendar is often a little fuller than in the winter months. When I’m juggling busy days filled with work and life commitments, I’m even more reliant on quick kitchen tricks.

This week I made use of good quality jarred artichoke hearts for super speedy suppers, influenced by the Mediterranean.These jarred beauties love working with pesto to bring you a satisfying supper.

Artichokes in  Pasta


Serves 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes


150g of spaghetti

2 heaped tablespoons of green pesto

10 jarred artichoke hearts

Parmesan, to serve

A few leaves of fresh basil


  1. Cook the spaghetti according to its packet’s instructions. Drain the pasta and return to the saucepan.
  1. Add the green pesto to the pot and stir well.
  1. Add the artichoke hearts and heat everything through.
  1. Divide the pasta between two bowls. Top with shavings of Parmesan cheese and a few torn leaves of fresh basil.


this week’s storecupboard essential:

Jarred Artichokes: Jarred and marinated artichoke hearts will happily sit in your pantry in anticipation of the day when you’ll need them for a quick pizza topping or add to a creamy risotto. Head to your local deli or specialist food store to find good quality artichokes.

This recipe first appeared in The Irish Independent on May 28th



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