Friday, May 4, 2012

Artichoke Spaghetti Sauce

Three ninety-degree days in a row has me looking for something quick, easy, that will not heat up the kitchen or weigh us down, yet satisfy that craving for pasta.  Tonight my answer was on the table in less than forty minutes in this unique and delicious dish; sour dough rolls and a dry white wine, made it extra special and one I’m apt to repeat during what looks to be a long, hot summer ahead.

Artichoke Spaghetti Sauce

2-3 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, diced
4 ounces cooked ham, diced
1 14-ounce can (not marinated) artichoke hearts, drained and cut into eighths
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 pint whipping cream*
Ground dried basil, to taste
1/8-1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Sauté onion and ham until onions are transparent. Add basil, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and cream. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Add nutmeg, and simmer an additional five minutes. Serve over spaghetti and top with Parmesan. For a zestier taste, add a touch of pepper sauce.

*I used half cream and half milk.

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Foodie Friday at Simple Living


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

No heat wave here but have been craving pasta too. The artichoke sauce sounds wonderful.

Mary said...

Pattie~ We've had weather in the nineties too~ WAY too early for me! I love the addition of artichokes in your sauce, I'll have to give this a try!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

OMG, this sound so good, I so love artichoke, but never seem it served this way over spaghetti. I so will be making it, I also love pasta. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You had me at artichoke! What a great recipe. This is a must try! Thanks for bringing this yummy recipe to ON THE MENU MONDAY!