Sometimes it’s fun to have some time between when I prepare these recipes, and when I post them. Sometimes it can be dangerous, i.e. it makes me VERY, VERY hungry!!!
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8 oz. penne noodles (use wheat, whole grain/gluten-free if needed)
14 oz. artichoke hearts, drained
6 oz. marinated artichokes, with their liquid
2 tsp. chopped or minced garlic, (about 4 cloves)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise, or use ricotta cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 Tbsp. bread crumbs or panko (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
Cook the noodles according to the package directions until they are al dente and drain them.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a large (2-quart) casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a food processor or blender, coarsely blend the artichoke hearts, marinated artichokes with their liquid, garlic, cheese (reserving 1 Tbsp.), mayonnaise and pine nuts.
In a large bowl, mix the pasta with the artichoke mixture. Transfer it to the casserole dish and smooth the top.
In a small bowl, mix together the reserved Parmesan cheese and the bread crumbs. Sprinkle this topping on the casserole.
Bake the casserole, uncovered, for 30 minutes until the top is browned. (While the casserole is baking, prepare the salad, if you are serving it.) Serve it hot, or refrigerate it for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months.
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