Penne with Fresh Tomatoes & Artichoke Hearts

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cans artichoke hearts, quartered
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pound penne pasta
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
Parmesan cheese for serving

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Stir the penne into the boiling water. Cover the pot and return to boiling, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender but firm...al dente. Usually about 12 minutes.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil, crushed red pepper and garlic over medium heat. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant. Add artichoke hearts. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of pasta water and tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat until pasta is ready. 

When ready drain pasta and add to skillet with vegetables. Return skillet to low heat and basil; toss to coat. Season with salt and a splash of olive oil.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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