Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Artichoke and Mushroom Pasta


About a month ago I attended a Pampered Chef party. I took your advice and bought a pair of poultry shears and a couple of other items, like a REAL cookie sheet and a cookie dough thingamabob and two tart pans. They threw in a cutting board.
The poultry shears are amazing. Cutting the back out of a chicken is like cutting construction paper. Thank all of you for getting me in gear.



This little jar caught my eye in the grocery a couple of weeks ago. My good intention was to serve this as a munchie one weekend while we were watching a football game, but everytime I opened the pantry door, it was staring me down. I couldn't resist, I mean artichoke topping...

pasta, you know where I'm going with this.





Chop two shallots and saute over medium high heat in 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.



When the shallots start to brown on the edges add in 8 ounces of sliced white or baby bella mushrooms and saute until they turn golden brown. Then add in 2 cloves of minced garlic and saute for one more minute.





Add in the jar of artichoke topping, stir to combine. Lower heat to medium and simmer for about five minutes.





Add in 1 cup of heavy cream. You knew I couldn't do this without the cream.




Lower heat to medium low and simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken. While the sauce is thickening, cook 1/2 lb. of your favorite short pasta. I used penne rigate.




Right before your pasta is cooked, stir in 1 cup of grated romano cheese to the artichoke and mushroom pasta sauce.


Thoroughly combine your cooked and drained pasta and hug an Italian!

I've been spending way too much time at Facebook, playing Mafia Wars and not blogging. I'm trying to quell my gaming OCD, but come join us over there anyway and be a part of our mob.


36 comments:

Pam said...

Rich, creamy and oh so delicious.

Cathy said...

Hmmm....I may need to get some of those poultry shears!

That pasta looks great..I'll have to keep an eye out for artichoke bruschetta up here.

Mary said...

The pasta looks delicious. Those shears would make quick work of a difficult task.

April said...

I love PC!!

this pasta looks delish!

Cheryl said...

Woman that looks delish! YUM! I am stuck on facebook fishworld, I just got to level 40 which was the top and now they increased it to 50levels damn it!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your pasta looks delightfully rich. That Chef party sounded like a lot of fun and poultry shears are great, aren't they?
Sam

A Year on the Grill said...

Yum, I have seen these recently in my store... Glad to know it is worth more than just slapping it on some toast..

Cairo Typ0 said...

Cream, cheese, artichokes, pasta... Sounds like a perfect recipe to me! :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow--that looks incredible, Katherine. Thanks for sharing it with us.

That's exactly why I don't do both blogging and Facebook. There's just no way to do them both justice. I have gotten about 50 requests to join people's Facebook page and so far, I've turned them all down. I love my blogging and BARELY have enough time for it these days. Good Luck doing both.

Hugs,
Betsy

Debbie said...

Yum...that is definitely my kind of dish. Looks terrific. I think my middle son is addicted to Mafia Wars....

Lea Ann said...

I was invited to a Pampered Chef party about a month ago and couldn't go. I love their stuff. This pasta looks FABulous. Have got to make it.

Chef E said...

I picked up me some new shears last June while at a food show and it is amazing how they just cut through anything!

Ha ha on the mafia/fb thing...I had to quit because hubby's dinner was late when I was not working!

Debbie said...

Now you know this has my name written all over it! I'd love to try this one.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Your pasta looks absolutely delicious. Wow, looks so good.

Sorry, don't Facebook and don't game. Too uncoordinated.

doggybloggy said...

nice pasta dish - the shears are a great tool - I use them to dismantle a chicken in minutes and to separate a rack of cooked ribs....

Pam said...

I need those poultry shears!!

Juliana said...

Oh Katherine, this pasta looks so rich, full of flavor, like the idea of using heavy cream and artichoke bruschetta ...yummie :-)

Coleen's Recipes said...

I love kitchen gadgets, the shears look like a "must have". Your pasta dish looks delicious, what a great idea!!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

O. MY. GOSH.
This looks fabulous and I will eat this before the week is ended.
I've kept a pair of kitchen shears for years. Dave thought I was crazy when I tacked the littler holder to the side of the cabinet. Now, there's not a day goes by they aren't in use.
Old hands, doncha know?
smile.

girlichef said...

Hooray for poultry shears!! :D This sounds awesome...I love artichokes...it sounds like a dreamy dish!

mint said...

Yum......

Katy ~ said...

Good idea about the poultry shears. I seem not to have any in my drawerful of kitchen gadgets. How did that happen?

This pasta sounds elegant. Love all the creamy, cheesy goodness going on here. YUM

Marguerite said...

I'll have to get some of those poultry shears, too. This pasta looks fabulous, cher! I can only imagine how good it is. Thanks for visiting.

Chris said...

OMG, that looks SO FREAKING GOOD! The penne, the rich sauce, and

and

and

you had me at heavy cream.
you had me at heavy cream.

(heavy cream completes me!)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

What a delicious pasta! Tons of flavor, so rich and I'm Italian. HUGS!

MaryBeth said...

I really hate mushrooms but Katherine you really have me rethinking that cause this dish looks wonderful...

the ungourmet said...

Pampered Chef has the coolest stuff! My dad has actually bought me a few things from them and I get much use out of them all. I especially love my garlic press!

Your pasta looks amazing! :D

jenjen said...

Wow - that looks amazing. Much better than what we had tonight - lol!

XOOX
Jen

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Congrats on your new toys!
Great idea to use your artichoke topping on pasta - delish!

Donna-FFW said...

I love pampered chef tools. They are quality gadgets for sure.

This dish looks so tasty, I love artichokes, rich and creamy sauce, perfect.

buffalodick said...

I'm using shears more myself, that cookie melon baller thing is useless to me- I like bigger cookies! Your pasta looked fantastic!

TavoLini said...

That looks so rich and delicious :)

Nice new gadgets--very cool!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Sounds delicious!!

5 Star Foodie said...

The pasta sounds wonderful and the new shears look great!

Steph said...

mmmm... the pasta looks so rich and creamy!

gigi said...

You are a creaative GENIOUS!!!!!!!
This recipe it a keeper, yummmmmmm