Wednesday, March 24, 2010

cooking makes me happy...

today was a really lousy day. i was going to write a cranky pants post but decided to give you food instead.
it's much more appealing. i'll save the complaints for tomorrow.. xo

spaghetti with artichokes hearts and tomatoes


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ whole medium onion, finely diced
1 can artichoke hearts (14.5 oz. quartered or whole) drained
1 can diced tomatoes with juice (14.5 oz.)
1 cup heavy cream
½ cups chicken broth (more as needed)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 pound thin spaghetti
1 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 tablespoons fresh chives (or other herbs) chopped

to prepare

cook spaghetti till al dente. drain and set aside.

melt olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. add onions and garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.

squeeze water out of artichokes. add artichoke hearts and tomatoes. stir and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. reduce heat to low. stir in cream and chicken broth. add salt and pepper to taste (do not undersalt!) cook over low heat until heated through, then turn off heat.

place drained pasta in a large bowl. sprinkle with 1 cup parmesan. pour sauce over the top. add chives. toss lightly to combine and coat; add a tiny bit of reserved pasta water if sauce seems to thick. enjoy! xo

this of course should be served with crusty bread, maybe olive oil with some seasonings to dip into
and wine.

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