One Pot Creamy Tuscan Pesto and Artichoke Pasta.
This easy One Pot Creamy Tuscan Pesto and Artichoke Pasta is perfect for nights when you’re craving Italian, but need something simple and easy to prepare. Linguine pasta tossed with a lemony, pesto sauce that’s creamy and so delicious! Stir in plenty of kale, artichokes, and white beans for a pasta dinner that’s cozy yet healthy(ish) too. Added bonus, this simple pasta is made all in one pot, start to finish. A terrific family dinner to serve any night of the week!
Keeping things easy, yet still cozy and colorful today. I feel like everyone is dealing with colder temperatures and snow. Therefore, pasta on a Monday feels especially fitting…because even though soup is great…variation is key!
My brother, Kai, who does all the filming for the HBH videos, became completely snowed in over the weekend. And when I say snowed in, I mean snowed in! He’s been filming up in Canada, in St. John’s, the capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They were hit with a record snowstorm that left them without power for over a day. Kai was supposed to come here on Saturday, but there was no way he was getting out, his flight is now rescheduled for Tuesday. They’re hoping the roads will be plowed by then so that they’re able to GET to the airport!
There was so much snow that the town had to call in the Canadian military to help dig them out. Kai said that he and the athletes he is filming dug out a 90-year-old woman who had snow completely covering her front door (see the pic in this link of others with their doors completely covered). He said she was incredibly grateful. Honestly, I would have been freaking, but in true Kai fashion, he took a lot of photos and said it was “mellow”.
From the looks of it, it was anything but mellow, but I’m glad he can keep his cool. I’ll have to share his photos in Sunday’s favorites. It’s a lot of snow, but also so pretty.
Anyway, the point of this story is that many of us are dealing with some wintry weather. This calls for easy dinners at home…because sometimes, going out just isn’t an option. And if you happen to be in a warm climate, pasta is always a good idea, right? Enter this creamy Tuscan style pesto pasta with artichokes, white beans, and kale. I like to think of it as a Tuscan salad with the addition of pasta…basically health food.
Inspired by a pizza I made last year, I used similar flavors and ingredients, but instead of a pizza, I created a delicious one pot pasta. Yes, ONE POT. This means that this entire recipe starts and ends in the very same pot. This means less dishes, less cooking, and more time to chill by the fire, which is pretty ideal, at least for me.
Start out by cooking up some shallots along with fresh lemon zest. It’s important that this pasta is cozy, but still light and vibrant…in keeping with Healthy January. I love this combination of flavors. The shallot feels indulgent, but the lemon lightens things up.
Next, add in a good amount of water, the linguine pasta, and plenty of Tuscan kale (flat-leaf instead of curly). Yep, boil the pasta right in the same pot you’re making the sauce in. This takes a few minutes, so during this time, I like to prep the artichokes and white beans.
Cook the pasta until al dente…when you try the noodles, they should have a little bit of a bite to them. Then stir in canned coconut milk for an extra rich and creamy sauce, but minus the cream. Then add the basil pesto, artichokes, and white beans. Cook everything together until warmed throughout and extra creamy with a little sauce left in the bottom of the pot
Now, remove from the heat, add plenty of fresh basil, and dill. And that’s it…simple!
Divide the pasta between plates, top with fresh burrata cheese (a must) and nutty toasted pine nuts. Simple and perfect in every possible way.
The key to one pot pasta success?
Use a large enough pot. Trust me, I’ve made the mistake of selecting too small of a pot when attempting to make one pot pasta recipes and it always turns out horrible. You need to make sure to give the pasta plenty of room to expand while cooking or the pasta will turn out hard, gummy, and just not good.
Ideally, you should be using a four-quart pot or larger. This 4qt pot by Dansk that you see photographed is great. But for absolute BEST results, I would recommend using a six to eight-quart pot. I like this six-quart one from Staub.
Other than that, there are no secrets, this pasta is easy! The creaminess and all that fresh burrata cheese make it feel a touch indulgent, but in reality, it’s actually pretty healthy. Well, healthy on my terms anyway. I know some may argue this…
But healthy, healthy(ish), or neither, most importantly this pasta is delicious. Creamy, hinted with basil and lemon, swirled with kale, artichokes, and creamy white beans. Literally, every twirl of pasta is perfect.
So with that, who’s ready for a little Monday night pasta to keep things fun?
PS. I just remembered that it’s actually a holiday today too…so all the more reason to celebrate with pasta dinner!
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One Pot Creamy Tuscan Pesto and Artichoke Pasta
Linguine pasta tossed with a lemony, pesto sauce that’s creamy and so delicious!
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 small shallots, chopped
- zest from 1 lemon, plus lemon juice for serving
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pound dry linguine or similar long cut pasta
- 1 bunch Tuscan kale, finely chopped
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk or heavy cream
- 1/2 cup basil pesto
- 1 (12 ounce) jar marinated artichokes, roughly chopped
- 1 (14 ounce) can white beans, drained
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, roughly chopped
- 8 ounces burrata cheese (about 2-3 balls)
- 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the shallot and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and red pepper flakes, cook another minute. Slowly add 4 1/2 cups water, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, the pasta, and kale. Increase the heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir frequently until the pasta is al dente, about 10-12 minutes.
2. Stir in the coconut milk, pesto, artichokes, and beans. Season, to taste with salt and pepper. Cook until warmed throughout and the pasta is creamy. Remove from the heat, stir the basil and dill.
3. Divide the pasta between plates and break the burrata over each serving of pasta. Top with pine nuts, additional herbs, lemon juice, and pepper. Enjoy!
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