PASTA WITH ARTICHOKE PESTO AND TOMATOES

1/2 large bag of Festoni or other gourmet pasta

1 jar of Artichoke pesto

1/2 bag frozen artichokes

12-15 small tomatoes

olive oil

kosher salt

basil, chopped

Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Kalamata olives (didn't have any, but if I did they would be delicious in this)

Add-in's (I had some grilled onions and red peppers in the frig and used them)


Cook pasta according to instructions and drain.


Meanwhile, put 1 TBS olive oil in a small skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add artichokes and cook until slightly brown, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until the they burst and deflate a little, about 5-7 minutes.


When pasta is done put it in a large bowl. Add the jar of Artichoke Pesto and mix. Add artichokes and tomatoes. Mix. If needed add a little more olive oil or a little pasta water. Add cheese or other add-in's and mix. 


Plate. Sprinkle with chopped basil.

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