Lemon Basil Pasta in Artichoke Sauce and a Pasta Giveaway

Lemon artichoke past

I’ve been buying Pappardelle’s Pasta for years now. Every Sunday at my Highlands Ranch Farmer’s Market, I grab a couple packages of their flavored linguini, angel hair, orzo, pappardelle or ravioli pastas and then with great anticipation head over to their website to find a creative recipe for my latest purchase. Pappardelle offers a recipe for each of their flavored pastas, but if your in a crunch for time, all of them make a tasty quick weeknight meal simply dressed with a brown butter sauce.

Elegant enough to serve at a dinner party and easy enough to take on group camping trips, the meals you create from Pappardelle’s Pasta are always crowd pleasers. My friend Carol Grape even makes a kugel casserole out of their chocolate flavored pasta for our SMDRA Annual Charity Christmas Breakfast. But you better get a bite of it fast, or it’s gone.

Since 1984 Pappardelle’s Pasta has been providing the finest restaurants, hotels and resorts with their artisanal pastas. They offer over 100 flavors of dried pasta and fresh-frozen ravioli, sauces and pestos, each handcrafted in small batches using traditional Italian pasta making techniques.

Pappardelle’s is available directly to consumers in very limited places such as select farmers’ markets around the country and a few specialty gourmet retail stores, you’ll find a list of locations on their website.  I was glad to see my Highlands Ranch Whole Foods has started carrying their products.

I’ve blogged about Pappardelle’s a few times. A complicated titled Sweet Potato Pappardelle con Salsa di Noci is actually a simple sweet potato pasta that’s mixed with walnuts and mascarpone cheese for a delicious savory and creamy dinner. And one of my all time favorites is Basil Tangerine Flavored Pasta with Shrimp.  And their vibrant colored Sun-dried Tomato Pasta with broccoli and Parmesan makes a wonderful meal.

Lemon artichoke pasta

My latest meal used their lemon basil pasta and adding artichokes and sauce from the recipe on their website, ended up a fresh and vibrantly flavored meal. Topped with some grated Parmesan and served with a nice glass of wine you’re feeling elegant in no time.

Pappardelle’s has generously offered a giveaway of six packages of their flavored pastas for one of my U.S. readers. Just head over to their website and browse the incredible offerings and leave a comment on my blog about which flavor sounds right up your alley.  Winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends midnight April 20.

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Lemon Basil Pasta in Artichoke Sauce
  • 1 lb. Pappardelle’s Lemon Basil Pasta
  • 1, 8 oz pack frozen artichoke hearts (i used canned)
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, left whole
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine
  • ½ bunch Italian parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Thinly slice the artichoke hearts.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in sauté pan or skillet. Add garlic, onion and drained artichoke slices. Sauté 3 – 5 minutes, or until onions just begin to turn golden but before they brown. Immediately deglaze the pan with ½ cup white wine. Allow wine to evaporate, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
  3. The instant the wine evaporates, add the remaining wine and lemon juice. For creamier taste, add 8 oz. Pappardelle’s Lemon Alfredo Sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes (or until artichokes are tender). Remove the garlic cloves and add the parsley.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in 6-8 quarts of rapidly boiling salted water until al dente (about 8-10 minutes). Drain, reserving ½ cup of pasta water. Place pasta in large, pre-heated serving bowl. Pour over the sauce and toss thoroughly. If pasta appears too dry, add some of reserved pasta water and toss again.
  5. Serve immediately.

Lemon Basil Pasta…It’s What’s for an Elegant Dinner.

I have received no compensation or free product from Pappardelle’s Pasta.  I just happen to love this product.

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  1. says

    I don’t believe I’ve ever had a flavored pasta but this sounds totally delicious and it it looks equally so. I’ll have to see if it’s available nearby. Looks like you guys are in for another winter blast. I don’t which is worse, a winter that just keeps hanging on or a summer that comes too early (13* above normal here this coming week). I believe I’d opt for your weather as ours just provides me with a lot of outside work in the heat.

  2. says

    Lea Ann,

    Thank you for the mention.

    I like every flavor of their pasta that I have tried, I particularly like the sweet potato – it goes really well with the smoked salmon from http://honeysmokedfish.com that they carry at my Costco. This recipe sounds wonderful, I think I might have some lemon basil pasta in my pantry that I stock up on before the end of farmer’s market season.

  3. says

    What a wonderful pasta brand! I had never heard of it before and I see that there is one Farmer’s Market in Milwaukee that sells it seasonally.

    I would love to try their Basil Garlic, Porcini Mushroom and that wonderful Chocolate pasta!

    The lemon basil pasta with artichokes that you made looks delicious.

  4. says

    Oh chocolate flavored pasta sounds like just what I need to recreate a dessert that I had at a restaurant last night. Chocolate nutella ravioli– yum. I would also like to check out the Highlands Ranch Farmers Market sometime. Is it year round?

  5. says

    I haven’t tried their pasta yet, but am going to try some soon. Love the combination of flavors in your dish and looks so elegant.

  6. says

    This is the type of pasta dish I love.. simple and yet elegant and so very delicious!!!

    What a great giveaway too! I love pasta of any kind, but in this case, I think I would want the basil garlic pasta… it would go perfectly with just a good olive oil, I bet!!

  7. says

    Hi Lea Ann,

    First of all I wanted to stop over and thank you for the kind comment that you left on my Salisbury Steak recipe! It truly is delicious and if you do make it, I’d love to know what you think. My sister used to live in Highland’s Ranch, CO and I visited her several times in the 90s when she was there. It is a lovely city. What a wonderful place this Pappardale’s Pasta! I am so jealous! I hope they ship because I’m going to visit their site often.

    I would love to try the Basil Garlic Pasta if I win anything.

    Lastly, this lemon basil pasta with artichoke hearts is something that I’ll make and treasure some night when my husband is out of town since he hates artichokes and I just love them! Great recipe!

    Thank you so much. PS: I’m now following you via e-mail so I don’t miss any of your posts!


  8. says

    First of all, those pictures are off the hook beautiful!! The Lemon Basil with artichoke sounds fabulous, but the Texan in me would love to try the Lime Cilantro Linguini. Thanks!

  9. rachel says

    Oooh, I’d love to try the Sweet Potato Pappardelle. The Sweet Potato Gnocchi is super tempting as well!

  10. Carolsue says

    They have flavors I’ve never seen! The Gluten-Free Lemon Pepper Fusilli sounds so yummy! I’d love to try that one.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  11. says

    Spring seems to be bursting out of this dish and I love it! Citrus is such a spring/summer thing for me, even though I eat it year round.


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