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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!

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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”.

Right, 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.

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The details.

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.

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Moving along…

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.

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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.

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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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If you make this one pot creamy Tuscan pesto and artichoke pasta, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

One Pot Creamy Tuscan Pesto and Artichoke Pasta

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 445 kcal

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  • 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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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made this probably a dozen times—it’s a big hit, even with my toddler. Save yourself some money and skip the burrata—we don’t like it in this dish. Ricotta is perfect and makes it extra creamy. I’ve adapted the recipe many times to whatever I have on hand—spinach instead of kale, spaghetti instead of linguine, red onion instead of shallot, half n half instead of coconut milk…it always comes out delicious! Thanks Tieghan! If I had one request—would you add the water to the ingredients list? It would be helpful for prep and the automatic recipe adjusting.

    1. Hi Shelbie,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Sorry, water is not considered an “ingredient”. Happy New Year!🎆 xTieghan

    1. Hey Julie,
      The main difference between regular salt and kosher salt is the structure of the flakes. Chefs find that kosher salt — due to its large flake size — is easier to pick up with your fingers and spread over food. However, kosher salt is less likely to contain additives like anti-caking agents and iodine. xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight, it was very easy and my husband went nuts for it. Next time I’ll drain the pasta (I only used 4cups water but it made it soupy). I wasn’t sure if I should drain the marinated artichokes or not so I tossed in that liquid as well, which might have been my issue. Would definitely make again, even with the sorta soupy consistency. But I’ll need more people to feed it to, 2 of us are no match for a pound of pasta! Decided not to cut down the recipe so I won’t have to cook for a few nights.

    1. Hey Rory,
      I am thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for trying it out. Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  3. We made this for “Meatless Monday” and it was perfect. I was concerned the coconut milk would make it to sweet, but actually it was just perfect and all the flavours came together

    1. Hey Gen,
      Thanks so much for trying out this recipe, I am thrilled that you liked it! I hope you have a great week:) xTieghan

  4. Posted a question recently but I am not sure I asked it correctly because I am still confused. I am making only two servings of pasta so only cooking 4oz. Do I still need to keep the 4.5 cups of water used for cooking the pasta for the sauce? If so, would this create too much sauce for just 4oz of pasta? Just curious why the amount of water is not reduced for a lesser amount of pasta if none is discarded. The recipe says to add the other ingredients to the water – wouldn’t it be too diluted if these other ingredients were also reduced as stated when you reduce the servings.

  5. Planning to make the creamy tuscan artichoke pasta with white beans. I am adjusting the recipe for 3 servings. No matter how many servings I select to the recipe, it states to add 4.5 cups of water to the boil to use for the sauce. If I am making far less serving than 8, why isn’t the amount of water adjusted accordingly.
    Wont this make way too much sauce?

    1. Hey Renee,
      You need the water to cook the pasta:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  6. Did anybody else burn their shallots, crushed red pepper flakes and lemon zest to bits because it said “high heat?” When it came to “increase the heat to medium-high” I about died. I knew there was something wrong when my shallots burnt to a crisp! I hope you correct this typo so no one else has to run into this! It was still salvageable and delicious, but I wonder how much better it would’ve tasted.

    1. Hey Kymber, I am sorry your shallots burnts. What a bummer. I will see if the recipe needs some adjustments. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I glad you still enjoyed this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  7. Hi. Late to the party on this recipe but I’m hoping you can tell me if I can substitute GF pasta? It doesn’t always lend itself to one pot meals. M

    1. Hey Meegan,
      Yes gluten free pasta will work here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe was BRILLIANT. I questioned how some of the ingredients would come together, but surprisingly, they really do in the end. I added capers as I had them on hand, and I’m happy I did so. Overall it was super easy to make and you can’t beat the fact that it’s a one potter.

  9. 2 stars
    Hi! I love your recipes and all that you do-but for me, the flavors in this dish were not a win. I guess it is a personal preference? Before making this dish I honestly thought that I liked all of the flavors represented by the different ingredients, But after making it- I have to say that I threw out the dish uneaten because the flavors in it were hard for me to stomach. Sorry to give a bad review- because I really love all that you do! But I know that i always check the reviews before I make something, so I wanted to give others a heads up about this dish.

    1. Hi Anna! I am really sorry to hear that.. Is there anything that went wrong while making it? Or anything I can help with? I hope you love some other recipes of mine! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    I made this recipe in quarantine, so with only 1/2 of the ingredients, and it was delicious, though much less gourmet than the original! Thought I’d let you know that it worked even though I didn’t have shallots, lemons, kale, burrata or pine nuts! I used the small 6.5 oz jar of artichokes I had on hand, a full deli container of pesto, a full can of coconut milk, and a small red onion instead of the shallots. I had about a 1/2 cup of caper berries, which added crunch in absence of the kale, and I poured in some of the caper berry brine, which brightened up the dish in absence of the lemon. With all of my substitutions I was frankly a little surprised it turned out so well, but I loved it and especially loved that it had beans in it. Thank you for an excellent and unusual recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    YUM! This is not only delicious but sooooo easy. I think I was finished from start to eating in 20 minutes! I added mushrooms to the mixture because I had to use some up. Will definitely be making this again!

  12. Making this for my roommates and I! Quick question; one of them is allergic to coconut milk so I’m using heavy cream. Do I add it a little later to avoid any curdling, which is what I see in some recipes?

    1. Hi Lizzie,
      You can add it in place of the coconut milk as the directions state. As long as you continue to stir, you should not have any issues with curdling. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions!