Artichoke & Parmesan Pasta

(c)marye audet 2008

O.k. I admit it.  This is nothing more than macaroni and cheese.  I promised the kids macaroni and cheese and there was no way I could change mid stream…

Or was there?

I love artichokes any way that they are made and I have from the very first time I had them.  That was way back when Marc and I were first married and living just off Presidio in Monterey California.  Let me tell you, it might be a fantastic place to honeymoon but it is EVEN BETTER place to spend the first four months of marriage!

This is your basic macaroni and cheese with mozzarella and a good Parmesan substituted for the cheese you would normally use.  And, of course, the addition of artichokes.  I think that this would be fantastic with a spinach and walnut ravioli in place of the macaroni.

This is an awesome vegetarian dish, perfect for a lunch or light dinner.

This is my entry to this weeks’ Presto Pasta Night, hosted by C, of Foodie Tots.  For more information about Presto Pasta check out the  Presto Pasta Website.

Artichoke & Parmesan Pasta

  • 1 lb pasta, cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 1 large can artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Saute the onion in a little olive oil until transparent.
  2. MIx the onion and the cooked pasta in a buttered 13×9 inch casserole dish
  3. Add the artichokes and combine well
  4. Pour the milk over the pasta mixture and stir it in.
  5. Add the cheese, salt and pepper
  6. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes

This serves about 8 people at my house but it is probably more like 12-16 servings.  It freezes well so make a batch and divide it up for a couple of meals.

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    • Bellini Valli

      This does sound amazing Marye. I wouldn’t have thought to add artichokes to the mix. I know it was delicious!!!

    • Ruth

      What a fantastic dish and a perfect foil the my can of artichokes. I do love hiding great things in pastas so my unsuspecting husband – who thinks he doesn’t like stuff – can tell me how delicious it is. ;-)

      Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

    • Cynthia

      I love artichoke but never had it with pasta before. Gotta give it a try.

      Happy Holidays!

    • Marye

      Valli-it was inspired. ANd I am going to be making the spinach and walnut ravioli ..I know ti would be great on that

      Ruth-I do the same

      Cynthia- it is a nice change

    • Jen of a2eatwrite

      This looks fabulous, Marye. I love artichokes. In fact, my favorite dinner as a teen was cooking frozen artichokes and then melting mozzarella over them, so you know this would be up my alley!

    • Marye

      Mmm Jen! I love that on garlic bread

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    • Mary

      This looks scrumptious! I’ll be trying this really soon.

    • Marye

      thanks was easy and I love it. :)