Springtime Chicken Noodle Soup.
YOU GUYS, lemony spinach and artichoke brie penne pasta today, I am so excited.
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I am aware this pasta is kind of an indulgent Wednesday recipe, but it is SO worth it! And very spring inspired, thanks to all that spinach and lemon and those delicious artichokes. Oh my gosh, it’s just so good, talking about it, and staring at these photos, is making me think I need to recreate this recipe (for the fourth time in a matter of weeks) for dinner tonight. This really is just THAT good.
But then, what on Earth could not be loved here? Pasta? Lemon? Spinach? Artichokes? BRIE?! All good on their own, but combine everything together in a pasta dish?
Do you guys remember on Monday how I mentioned I has having some hard days the other week? Well, this pasta is the result of those hard days. Like most people, I totally crave comfort food when I stress. My comfort foods are kind of odd in that a lot of them are super healthy. I’m talking roasted veggies, fresh fruit, and tons of avocado. <–the foods I live off of most weekdays when recipe testing is not happening.
Along with those super healthy things though, I also love pasta and cheese. I mean, DUH…it’s pasta and cheese. Yes, please! Plus, I was raised by a mom who could live solely off of pasta. My mom loves pasta more than anyone I know, and could eat it simply with butter and salt every day for the rest of her life (while you might have to add some bread in there too). It’s her favorite.
Anyway, I decided I would combine all MY favorites and make one cheesy, buttery, and veggie filled pasta. Again, I know it maybe sounds indulgent, but hey, there is spinach and artichokes in here…so it’s totally healthy. Right? right!
The secret to this pasta, I mean aside from the brie (oh the brie!), is the olive oil/garlic/artichoke situation. Instead of just tossing everything together, first cook the garlic and artichokes separately in olive oil. Slow cooking the garlic in olive oil, along with the pine nuts, crushed red pepper flakes, and artichokes, allows the garlic to caramelize and infuse the olive oil with serious, but subtle garlic flavors. And while the garlic slowly caramelizes, the artichokes are frying in the olive oil, getting just slightly crisp on the edges. Yep, it’s the KEY to this recipe.
I’ve found with a lot of artichoke recipes that the artichokes just kind of fall to the wayside and are more on the bland side. But cooking them in olive oil and getting them a little crisp makes all the difference. Honestly, if you guys have never tried cooking the artichokes in oil first, you have to do it now. It is a game changer.
The rest of the recipe goes as follows: boil the pasta, toss it with the brie to melt, then add the artichokes and lots of fresh lemon, and DONE. Dinner in thirty minutes and it’s probably one of the best you’ll make all week. <– for real.
Oh, and if you guys didn’t already realize this, I clearly love the combo of spinach, artichokes and brie. Example one, two, three, and four. Can you blame me though?
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Wednesday night, cheesy pasta. YES!
I just made this and it’s wonderful. I had whole wheat penne pasta, fresh spinach, marinated artichokes and pine nuts and brie. Also had a wonderful havarti for the creaminess instead of the mascarpone. Being lazy, I cooked up the pasta first, saved some of the water, and let the pasta drain, then cooked up the artichokes, already roasted garlic from the olive bar at the store, pine nuts and used some of the artichoke marinade instead of all the olive oil suggested in the already warm pasta pot. I used about 2 T. of good olive oil and about 2 T. of the artichoke marinade, and started with 1 tsp. of the red pepper flakes, added a bit more. I added a bit of commercial Sicilian seasoning and thought some sun dried tomatoes added in would be great in another incarnation, Thank you so much for all you are creating in this world, Tieghan. I am Vegetarian, thinking more of vegan at times, but love your creativity and how it inspires us!
Sounds amazing Wendy! I am so glad you liked this pasta!!
Made this for dinner last night and it was perfect! I actually didn’t have a jalepeno or mascarpone, but I did have trader Joe’s artichoke jalepeno dip, so I added 2 T of that, and it worked out! I posted about it on my blog https://thankles.com/2018/03/26/march-cookin/ and your broccoli chicken dumpling soup is another of my favorites so thanks for a delish dinner and delish recipes in general! :)You are awesome!
Awh thank you so much Hannah! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe!
I really enjoy artichokes so happy to see them in a dinner recipe. Question – do you take the rind off the Brie?
I usually leave the rind on, but you can take it off if you prefer. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
I am making this for dinner tomorrow. I would like to make sure that there are no recipe updates after the (single) negative comment. I was planning to use plain artichoke hearts since we do not have marinated, but I would love to know it that makes a difference. I am guessing it might, and I am already visiting City Market tomorrow for some of the other ingredients. I am so glad to have found your book and your blog!
Hi Jennifer! I hope you love this pasta and it turns out amazing for you!! Thank you!
I just now made this dish and am eating it as we speak. The only thing thing I did differently was cook the spinach along with the artichokes. I think it came out delicious! Surprisingly spicy, but maybe I overdid it a little with the red pepper flakes. To me it tastes like a more sophisticated version of mac and cheese. Thanks for the recipe!
I am really glad you enjoyed this Laura! Thank you so much!!
So so good. I didn’t have red pepper flakes but used 1/2 teaspoon of ground red pepper and got a real kick which was delicious (one bite really got me though hah). I’d have preferred the crushed flakes but it was still great. Added mushrooms which was also awesome 🙂
That is so great! Thank you Serah!
You are my breathing in, I have few web logs and occasionally run out from brand :). “The soul that is within me no man can degrade.” by Frederick Douglas.
Can I bake this?? Thanks!
Sure!! Baking will be great. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this!
Just made this and posted to instagram! Loved it so delish! I used kale and added roasted tomatoes 🙂
Sounds amazing! So happy you liked it Justine, thank you!
Just made this and it’s awesome!!! Great flavor!
Thank you so much!
I also found this recipe through buzz feed and bland is NOT a word I would use to describe it! The tasty marinated artichoke’s, garlic, and pine nuts alone were hard to not eat straight out of the pan! I did add some grilled chicken. This recipe is absolutely a keeper. So rich and at the same time so fresh tasting! Thank you thank you thank you!
Awh such a nice comment to get after hearing it wasn’t very good! Thank you so much! The chicken was a great addition!
5 years later and I am still making this recipe =)
Awe thanks so much Brittany:) I love to hear this!! xTieghan
Writing to you from Europe. My daughter suggested this recipe (found through BuzzFeed).
Going through the comments it seems I’m the only one who actually made the dish (just last night) 🙂
I was impressed with the ingredients – especially the use of the brie and mascarpone, since I never used those in a pasta dish.
What I found out (and didn’t think of it beforehand) is that lovely mascarpone and brie are both exceptionally mild tasting) and that the end result is a dish that looks appealing, but is, because you used these 2 ingredients, TOO BLAND.
Even the use of all the other wonderful ingredients – garlic, fresh basil, lemon zest and juice can’t save the dish.
Best touch (so definitely no omitting) is artichoke hearts and a jalapeño (any type of chili will do) to give it some flavour.
Maybe you should emphasise that you used baby spinach. The one I used was curly spinach. My suggestion would be not to blanch it, but put it in the oil/garlic/artichoke mixture at the end of the sautéing.
Finally – this pasta dish should be made with some other type of cheese. It’s a pity to waste such a wonderful cheese as brie, since it just disappears amongst all the other ingredients. Quite disappointing and dull.
Really sorry you didn’t like it. I wish I could please everyone.
Wow this looks great!
Thank you Sara!
All the heart eyes over this pasta – this is my dream spring meal! 🙂
Yay, loving all your comments right now (:
This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
Thanks Melissa, hope you love it (: