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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1998

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  • Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

428 calories; 8.2 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 14 mg cholesterol; 726 mg sodium. 485 mg potassium; 68.9 g carbohydrates; 11.2 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 21.1 g protein; 526 IU vitamin a iu; 29 mg vitamin c; 37 mcg folate; 195 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 48 mg magnesium;

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I was disappointed in the sauce for this dish. The chicken broth is just too thin and didn't add any flavor. After all the work to get the artichokes ready I was hoping for a great dish. I've not thought of a way to make the sauce thicker and have more taste but will continue to work at it. I did enjoy the way the peas added some sweetness combined with the saltyness from the ham and cheese. A side note I used Quinoa pasta because I have a gluten intolerance but really don't think it made a difference in the over all outcome. Read More