Artichoke and Peppadew Pasta

Marinated artichokes and caramelized shallots provide the base flavors, while peppadew peppers add a piquant punch.

3 pounds Barilla Veggie Penne
4 large shallots, thinly sliced
56 ounces pickled peppadew peppers
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
8 ounces butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup loosely packed small basil leaves
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup olive oil
18 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 cups drained oil-packed marinated artichokes, divided
2 cups dry vermouth
1/2 cup coarsely chopped Italian parsley
grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  1. Bring salted water to a boil in steam-jacketed kettle or large stockpot on stove top.  Add pasta; cook 1 minute less than directed on package. Reserve 6 cups pasta cooking water; drain.
  2. Drain and quarter peppers; reserve 1/2 cup of brine. Quarter half of the artichokes. Process remaining artichokes in food processor until smooth.
  3. Heat oil in large rondeaux on medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; sweat 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add quartered peppers and artichokes; cook 1-2 minutes until heated through. Stir in reserved pasta water and brine, pepper, pureed artichokes and vermouth; bring to a boil.
  4. Add pasta, butter and herbs; toss with sauce until combined. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Top with cheese and a drizzle of olive oil before serving.

Chef Notes – Oil-packed artichokes are preferred as they create the base flavors of the sauce. When substituting brined artichokes, rinse and drain well before puree step.