Quick springtime pasta

Quick springtime pasta

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Perfect for an impromptu al fresco meal out on the patio - it's made with storecupboard items too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal494
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs79g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.14g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • handful basil leaves, chopped
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 290g jar artichoke heart, cut into bite size pieces
  • handful freshly grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • handful parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Tip in the garlic and cook for 1 min until lightly coloured. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, then stir in the basil. Bring up to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to gently simmer for 10 mins. Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti according to pack instructions.

  2. Drain the spaghetti, reserving a little of the cooking water separately, then return to the pan. Add the artichokes to the tomato sauce until heated through, then pour it over the spaghetti. Stir in a little parmesan, most of the chopped parsley and a splash of the cooking water if the sauce looks dry. Serve immediately with the remaining parmesan and parsley sprinkled over.

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12th Apr, 2013
This is a fabulous recipe to use as a basis for a good Italian meal. Whilst the recipe itself is quite boring,adding extra ingredients, for example mushrooms, make the recipe a lot more interesting.
16th Feb, 2009
I added mushrooms and spinach to this. It was a tasty pasta dish but didn't really have any WOW factor, probably 3.5 stars
6th Dec, 2008
Not so tasty... My version is better sorry!
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