Check out how crazy the Richmond, VA Sunday night sky was last night after a storm rolled through!

I don’t make this stuff up people…

Kinda creepy…

Yet totally mesmerizing…?

The whole world seemed a bit golden for a bit with the shadows from this cloud formation… it was nuts!

But anyways, onto the food, story of my life 😉

This recipe was thrown together the other night on a whim…

It was an idea that resulted from the tons-o’-tomatoes still on hand and some artichokes that had been calling my name in the freezer (thank you Trader Joe’s 🙂 ).

The final result of this throw-together meal was beyond what I expected.  The flavors were fantastic, and the meal was a hit.

Even though it may seem simple, somehow the combination turned out superb.

Kind of like 1 + 1 = 3, ya know (???) <– I am such a math nerd 😉

Tomato, Lemon & Artichoke Topped Angel Hair Pasta

Serves 4-5

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bag frozen artichokes
  • 3-4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • dried basil (about a tablespoon)
  • dried oregano (about a tablespoon)
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • crumbled feta to serve
  • fresh lemon juice to serve

Start by sauteing the chopped onion in olive oil over medium heat, until translucent (7-8 minutes).

Then add the frozen artichokes and a little bit of H2O.  Cook over medium until they warm through, adding more water if they start to stick.  Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper too.

Lastly, add the tomatoes and garlic, stirring and cooking over medium for another 2-3 minutes. 

Boil the angel hair pasta according to direction.  And if you’re less hungry/forgetful than I was, you might just reserve some pasta cooking water to add to the sauce and make it “saucier” 😛   

To serve:

Pile the tomato & artichoke mixture atop a bed of angel hair.  Then sprinkle with crumbled feta and top with a splash of fresh lemon juice. 

Please don’t forget this step mmmmkay 😀 

The feta (which I’m still workin’ through that 10lbs thank you very much haha) adds a lovely saltiness & creaminess to the pasta dish. 

And the fresh squeeze of lemon really takes this dish’s flavor up to a whole ‘notha level!!

The lemon was Fanatic Mom’s idea to add too <— gotta give credit where credit is due 😉

This dish would also be  lovely topped with shrimp, scallops or even grilled chicken.

We chose to keep it meatless, just ’cause. 

Either way, the perfect summer meal!  Simple, clean, light flavors going on 🙂

Kinda like tonight’s TV choice:

Simple, clean and light — right?  😛

Happy Monday everyone!

7 Comments

  1. Those are scary clouds! Kind of cool looking though.

    My husband and I are hooked on watching the Bachelor Pad 2 tonight as well. Argh. Should have never started watching!

  2. Wow, those clouds are crazy! Great pictures!

    As for this little pasta dish…yum! I love artichokes, so this is right up my alley!

  3. The sky WAS amazing! Oh my gosh I couldn’t believe it! Now if only this weather would cool off a little 😉

  4. Whoa! The sky looks amazing- how cool! LOVE tomatoes- I can’t get enough- you’re finding such great uses for yours!! The pasta looks yummy. We’re actually having an artichoke lasagna tonight

  5. This looks absolutely delicious! This past winter I discovered frozen artichokes at TJ’s (Trader Joe’s) and ate some practically every day! But last time I checked, they told me they were out of season and wouldn’t be back until the fall- I haven’t found them at any of the other local stores :/ BUT I hope to be making this in the near future 🙂

  6. Gorgeous pictures!
    I totally watched Bachelor Pad. It wasn’t as awesome as I wanted it to be though.

  7. I saw the yellow sky but we missed those clouds! We live out in Montpelier though and the house is surrounded by trees so we don’t see a ton of sky.

    Pasta looks amazing!

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