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lemon artichoke pasta made with cavatelli with a half artichoke in the ceramic bowl topped with parmesan cheese

Lemon Artichoke Pasta

The leeks, shallots and artichokes are slowly simmered and combined with fresh lemon juice to create a bright and citrusy pasta dish perfect for a weeknight meal.
Course pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword artichoke, lemon, pasta, summer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 588kcal


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large leek, white parts only, diced
  • 2 medium shallots, diced
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar artichoke hearts packed in water, drained and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chardonnay
  • cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper as needed
  • ¾ pound cavatelli pasta
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat, add the oil and heat through. Add the butter and allow to melt, then add the leeks and shallots, stirring occasionally until soft and opaque, about 5 minutes. Add the artichokes and garlic and stir for an additional minute.
  • Add the chardonnay and bring to a simmer and let reduce by half, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock, thyme and oregano and simmer over medium-low heat until the sauce comes together and reduces by about half, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the lemon zest and lemon juice then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil; add the salt and bring back to the boil. Pour in the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and return the pasta to the pot. Add the sauce and stir to combine.
  • Divide the pasta among warmed pasta bowls and top with cheese and parsley.


Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 752IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 3mg