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Smoky Pea & Artichoke Pasta

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From EatingWell:  May/June 1998

Here artichokes are combined with smoky ham and fresh peas to create a pasta dish that tastes richer than it actually is. Serve with a green salad with a simple dressing of lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil.

6 servings | Active Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.
  2. Fill a medium bowl with cold water. Squeeze the lemon juice into the water and add lemon halves. Snap off all the outer leaves of the artichokes. With a paring knife, trim the bottom 1/4 inch off the stems. Pare away the fibrous green portions, down to the hearts. With a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the fuzzy chokes. Cut stems and hearts into 1/4-inch-thick slices and drop into lemon water.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Drain the artichokes and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add peas, ham and broth. Cover and simmer until the artichokes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and place in a large warmed bowl. Add the pea mixture and 1/4 cup Parmesan and toss. Pass remaining cheese separately.

Nutrition

Per serving : 421 Calories; 8 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 15 mg Cholesterol; 67 g Carbohydrates; 20 g Protein; 10 g Fiber; 588 mg Sodium; 434 mg Potassium

4 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 4 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat