On Sunday my brother in law will participate in his third IronMan event, this time in his hometown of New Orleans. This is his first half IronMan, but it is still no small triumph. In one day he will swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run a half marathon of 13.1 miles. I am extremely proud of both of my in-laws for their dedication, training and persistence. I know they will both do great this weekend and in honor of them I cooked a carb packed healthy dish because I am sure they will both be dining on similar meals tonight in order to load up on energy.
Whole Wheat Penne with Artichokes and Fresh Ricotta
Adapted from Cooking Light April 2009
- 2 cans of artichoke hearts, quartered
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
- 3 cups uncooked whole wheat penne rigate pasta (about 12 ounces tube-shaped pasta)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add artichokes and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 10 minutes or until artichokes are tender, stirring occasionally.
2. Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, artichoke mixture, pasta, reserved cooking liquid, parsley, and pepper in a large bowl, tossing to combine.
Add ricotta in spoonfuls, stirring gently to combine.
Spoon 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture into each of 6 bowls; top each serving with 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano.