Recipe for Baby Artichokes Over Linguine With Asiago
Valentine's Day


    Baby Artichokes over Linguine with Asiago

    8 baby artichokes, the size of an egg or smaller
    Juice of 1 lemon, divided
    1 tablespoon butter
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    1 cup pearl onions, peeled (see Note)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 bay leaf
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    1/2 pound linguine
    3/4 cup vegetable stock, preferably homemade
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    1/4 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese

    Wash artichokes and trim stems. Remove tough outer leaves until you reach the pale, yellowish-green interior. Cut off and discard the top 1/4-inch of the cone, then cut into quarters. Brush with lemon juice.

    Heat a large skillet, and add butter and oil. Add artichokes, onions, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Saute 10 to 12 minutes until tender and caramelized.

    Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add linguine and cook about 9 minutes until firm to the bite; drain and set aside.

    Add stock and wine to artichoke mixture. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta and 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and simmer until heated through. Remove bay leaf.

    Transfer to serving plates and sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

    NOTE: To peel pearl onions, drop them into boiling water 40 seconds, rinse with cold water then pull off the skins.

    Because the season for baby artichokes lasts only a few weeks, purchase a few extra to add to your favorite recipes.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Per serving: fats, 7 grams (19% of calories); calories, 339; cholesterol, 13 milligrams; carbohydrate, 55 grams; fiber, 6 grams; protein, 13 grams; sodium, 496 milligrams