Thursday, August 26, 2010

Meatless Fridays

This week's meatless meal sounds soooo decadent but couldn't be easier to make! Doug really loves artichokes and I can't wait to make this for him.
This week's Meatless Friday meal is:

Creamy Artichoke and Garlic Spaghetti

Spaghetti for 4
4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
4 scallions, finely sliced
1 cup of canned artichokes, drained
1/2 cup of freshly grated Parmesan, and extra to serve
4 tablespoons of whipping cream
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Extra virgin olive oil

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, place a pan on medium heat and add a good drizzle of olive oil. Add the garlic slices and leave untouched for 2-3 minutes. Add the scallions and stir. Cook for another 2 minutes and add a good drizzle of salt and pepper.

Coarsely chop the artichokes and add to the pan. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cream and stir. Add one tablespoon of the pasta water - the starch from the pasta in the water will help thicken the sauce. Drain the pasta and add to the pan. Stir so all the ingredients mix in with the spaghetti. Add the parmesan, a pinch of salt and pepper, the lemon juice and stir again. Serve immediately, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy!

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