Linguini with Spinach, Artichoke Hearts, and Capers


Well it looks like I'm really craving pasta with capers. A few weeks ago while browsing our favorite Food Blog Desam I came across a new blog with a delicious recipe for pasta with artichokes by Poonam of Cooking Adventures. It inspired me to come up with this lovely dish which I've been meaning to make for a while now. One pasta dish leads to another and so today I whipped this up in no time at all, come to think of it this recipe is perfect for the 30 minute meals event being held by Shaheen at Malabar Spices. The key to tossing this together easily is to make sure you have the ingredients in your pantry. The whole idea behind having a stocked pantry and fridge is to escape that stare into the fridge while stating that "There is absolutely nothing good to eat here." I like to keep a variety of frozen vegetables on hand, pastas, and tomato sauces in the cupboard and jars of olives, capers, and banana peppers in my fridge. Another good item to make sure you always have are dried herbs, and if you are organized enough with a weekly trip to the market you can easily keep nice fresh herbs in the fridge.

This way, a quick pasta is never more than 30 minutes away... And this meal is perfect for one person (the hubby is out with the boys tonight). Its hard to cook when its just yourself, but I think if the ingredients and recipes are readily at hand the inspiration to cook for yourself will strike with greater frequency.



Linguini with Baby Spinach, Artichoke Hearts, and Capers
3-4 ounces of cooked pasta, 5-6 pieces chopped frozen artichoke hearts, 1 handful of baby spinach, 1 tsp of chopped garlic, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 large tomato chopped (OR 1 cup of crushed tinned tomatoes), 1 tsp crushed red chili flakes, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 1 tbsp parsley chopped, 1 tsp capers, parmesan cheese

1. Boil about 8-10 cups of water in a large pot. Add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes.
2. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook them thoroughly.
4. Add the frozen artichokes (microwave them for 2 minutes first).
5. Add the baby spinach and mix.
6. Add the pasta and a little of the pasta water.
7. Add salt, pepper, and red chili flakes and mix.
8. Garnish with the capers, parsley, and grated parmesan cheese

During the 8 minutes that the pasta is boiling, you can assemble the tomato sauce and cook the artichokes and spinach. And if you multitask and microwave the artichokes while doing the tomatoes the cooking time will be even faster. I was lazy and didn't want to wash more than 1 pot, so I boiled the pasta first, drained and reserved it in my serving bowl. Assembled the sauce in the same pot which took another 10 minutes at most. 1 pot for cooking, 1 bowl for eating, and you only have 2 dishes to wash. Also I measured the pasta quantity with that circle thingy that came for free with my microwave rice cooker, the smallest 1" circle and that was perfect for me. I bought the frozen artichoke hearts from Trader Joe's.

Total time with 2 pots: 20 minutes
Total time with 1 pot: 30 minutes
Total eating time: 10 minutes, max. And thats because I was uploading the pictures for the blog at the same time.

Verdict: It tasted as good as it looks. Try it.


28 comments:

bee said...

looks absolutely wonderful.

Cinnamon said...

I bet it tastes as good as it looks!!
Wonderful!!

Roopa said...

wow it looks fabulous kanchana.

Nandita said...

So its pasta time at both our homes HUH! Its looks beautiful

Sia said...

thats a perfect dish for summer express cooking kanch. even its pasta dinners @our place:)
one small correction though. summer express cooking is hosted by shaheen of malabar spices:)

Savithri said...

Looks delicious!! I want some pasta (pusta) now. heehee

Coffee said...

Thats a wonderful combination in Pasta! :)

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Thanks SIA, thats the problem with posting in the wee hours of the morning. My brain stops function at 5pm apparently.

Padma said...

Kanchana, that looks awesomely divine...

Kumudha said...

Pasta looks divine!

Poonam said...

Kanchana, pasta looks perfect!

Priya said...

I have been planning on buying capers and artichoke hearts for ages now ! Somehow they never make it to the billing cart :( Your bowl of pasta looks really inviting Kanchana.I make pasta all the time if I am alone, so easy and I can throw in things without any rhyme or rhythm :))

Bharathy said...

No idea of an artichoke...but I am sure abt these:-
Perfect meal!!Perfect entry..:)

TBC said...

Your pasta dish looks wonderful, Kanchana.I don't know why but for a long time I thought that capers came from fish!! don't ask me how or why!!

Congrats on the award.(I saw it on one of the other blogs)
When u said " a great pasta is never more than 30 minutes away", you sounded like Rachel Ray :-)

I like this "blog of the week" thing u do.

Laavanya said...

Great looking pasta Kanchana. If you say that it tastes as good as it look - i want in!

kri said...

its pasta week.. for us too :)
I some how could not find capers at my last grocery store visit! Will try this out soon :)

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Thanks for the comments guys! You know how to make a girl feel good.

TBC: Capers kinda taste like olives, briney and salty things. See here for more info. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caper

Hima said...

Never tried italian food. Got to give a try.

Suganya said...

Wow! They look so divine.. Restaurant-y looking!

mallugirl said...

hey, i am a big fan of th etrader joe's frozen artichoke heart too. nice instant recipe.. looks really slurpy!

Nags said...

wow! looks like you are on an Italian spree :)

You are bang on about all these other ladies doing multiple dishes for the same event.. i had to squeeze in 4 events into one dish and still havent recovered :D they are a true inspiration (and so are you, by the way, nice idea idea with the 'blog of the week'.

work getting to you these days eh? sigh.. what else is new babes? what do you do, actually?

i am pretty much fully recovered, thank you so much for asking :) the pic is the most recent, taken on my bday, the 11th of aug.

you take care, me will look forward to those recipes next week ;)

Sandeepa said...

Looks gorgeous Kanchana. I love capers in my pasta too

Jyothsna said...

Looks really delicious!

Sharmi said...

The pics look awesome and the recipe sounds unique. very tempting!!

Bharathy said...

Aha,so then, you deserve one more award!!Pick it up from my JFI-post when time permits,Kanchi!!:)

Vcuisine said...

It is tempting Kanchana. You are correct. Viji

Priyanka said...

Lovely pasta and beautifuuuuuuuuuul pics as usual Kanchana.... makes me drool and want to grab it from the screen:)

Latha said...

Looks fabulous! Never heard of capers! They are new to me, wow i learnt something new today ;-)
I hungry for pasta now.