Spinach Artichoke Pasta with Garlic Bread Crumbs

 
  Photo Source . If you've only ever had canned or frozen artichokes, you need to try the real thing - fresh artichokes are much more delicate and subtle in flavor. This pasta dish is built around eight baby artichokes and nicely complemented by bright lemon and white wine and topped with crunchy, garlicky bread crumbs.

Photo Source. If you've only ever had canned or frozen artichokes, you need to try the real thing - fresh artichokes are much more delicate and subtle in flavor. This pasta dish is built around eight baby artichokes and nicely complemented by bright lemon and white wine and topped with crunchy, garlicky bread crumbs.

 

Adapted from Food and Wine

| Yield: 6 servings | Time: 1 hour |

 

 
 

Preparation

Fill a large bowl with water and squeeze juice from both lemon halves into the water. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, peel off the outer leaves. Next cut off the top fourth of the artichoke, then peel and trim the stem. Slice artichoke lengthwise ⅛ inch thick and drop into lemon water. Repeat these steps with remaining artichokes.

In a large saucepan heat olive oil over moderate heat. Add onion and garlic and cook stirring often until onions become transparent, about 10 minutes. Drain artichokes, discarding lemon. Add artichokes to the saucepan, cover and cook over medium low heat until artichokes are almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add white wine and chili pepper flakes, and simmer for 5 minutes until artichokes are tender. In the last minute, add the spinach. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients. Heat up a small saucepan over medium heat and add breadcrumb mixture. Stir constantly, cooking until breadcrumbs are golden brown and fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta a minute short of the packaged instructions. Reserve ¼ cup of the pasta water and drain the rest. Add pasta and reserved cooking water to the saucepan with artichokes. Heat over medium for about a minute before stirring in cheese if using. Serve, topping with a few spoonfuls of breadcrumbs.

Ingredients

Pasta

1 lemon, halved

8 baby artichokes

¼ cup olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

½ cup dry white wine

1 pound pasta

1/4 teaspoon chili pepper flakes

1/4 cup nutritional yeast, optional

1/2 cup spinach
 

Topping

3 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup panko bread crumbs

2 garlic cloves, grated

1 lemon, zested

 
 

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