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Caramelized Pear & Artichoke Pasta

Caramelized Pear & Artichoke Pasta

This pasta is absolutely exquisite, the carmelized pear gives this recipe a unique sweetness. It’s a great dish to prepare for a delicious light dinner.

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

12 Ounces Spaghetti Or Other Pasta

3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Divided

3 Bartlett or Bosc Pears, Peeled, Cored, And Sliced Into ¼-Inch Wedges

2 Garlic Cloves, Minced

½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, To Taste

1 15-Ounce Can Artichoke Hearts, Drained

1 Lemon, Zested And Juiced

2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Basil

¾ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Salt and Pepper To Taste

 

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, stir and cook according to package instructions. Receive 2 cups of pasta water, drain the pasta and return to the pot off of the heat. Drizzle with oil to prevent sticking. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter. When fully melted, add the pears and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and tender but not mushy, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer the pears to a plate. 
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, garlic, and pepper flakes over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add the artichoke hearts and cook until lightly browned. 
  4. Add the pasta, lemon zest and juice, and as much reserved pasta water as is necessary to coat the pasta in a sauce (start with about ½ cup and add more as you stir). Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with basil and parmesan. 

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