Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Creamy Artichoke and Mushroom Penne

This recipe had four things that I love:  Mushrooms, artichokes, capers and parmesan cheese.  So I knew it was for me.  This is a great dish if you are a vegetarian.  I made this just for me because I knew two picky toddlers wouldn't like it and Scott is on a "no pasta" diet.  And I LOVED it.  It has a really great flavor - I would want to call it "rustica".  (Is that a word?)


12 oz penne pasta, uncooked
1/2 small onion, minced
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (8 oz) pkg sliced mushrooms
1 (15 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Cook Pasta according to the package and drain.

While Pasta is cooking, cook onion and garlic in butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until tender.  Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes.  Add artichokes and cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.  Remove from skillet and set aside.

Add whipping cream to skillet and bring to a boil.  Cook while stirring constantly until it is reduced by half.  Add artichoke mixture and the capers, salt and pepper stirring well.  Toss with pasta. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley.

{Source: Southern Living Homestyle Recipes Cookbook Pg 337.  Credit to "Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Recipes and Traditions to Remember" The Junior League of Houston, TX}


  1. This sounds really good and I am a vegetarian so I will be checking it out for sure! (Even though I'm a vegetarian there are lots of meat-alternatives so we substitute tofu for chicken and there is "fake" hamburger and beef so I can make a lot of those recipes too.)

  2. Do you ever try spaghetti squash for Scott. It is delicious and I bet it would be really good with this recipe.

  3. Well, I made this last night, and my vegetarian daughter, Haley, absolutely loved it!! The capers and artichoke were new flavors for our palates, which she thought was delicious!! As for her parents and two brothers? Not so much. :/ But she's excited about her leftovers, so I would say this recipe will be made again ... only on a smaller scale. ;) Thanks again, Kelly!