Total Calories: 219
1 With a large knife, trim off the top 1 inch of the artichokes. Rinse them well under cold water. Bend back and snap off the small leaves around the base. With scissors, trim the pointed tops off the remaining leaves. Peel off the tough outer skin of the stems and around the base. Cut the artichokes in half. Use a small knife with a rounded tip to scrape out the fuzzy leaves in the center. Thinly slice the artichokes.
2 Pour the olive oil into a skillet large enough to hold the cooked pasta. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat 10 minutes. Add the artichokes and 2 tablespoons water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook 10 minutes or until the artichokes are tender.
3 Stir in the peas. Cook 5 minutes or until the peas are tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.
4 Bring at least 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, then the pasta. Stir well. Cook, stirring often, until the pasta is al dente, tender yet still firm to the bite. Set aside some of the cooking water. Drain the pasta.
5 Toss the pasta with the artichoke sauce and a little of the cooking water if needed. Add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and toss again. Toss with the cheese and serve immediately.
From "1,000 Italian Recipes." Copyright 2004 by Michele Scicolone. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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