Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Artichoke Hearts

Lovely Meal

I first tasted this dish in a supermarket in Panama, where an employee was promoting a few of the products in the recipe by cooking the dish in one large frying pan on a hot plate in the middle of the store.

As she also served some Sun-dried Tomato Bread with it, that was lunch taken care of for that day!


Preparation Time:  5 Minutes
Cooking Time:  15 minutes

1 12oz jar roasted red peppers,  chopped 2 tblsp olive oil
2 large tomatoes, chopped 16 oz ziti (tube) pasta
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 14oz tin artichoke hearts
3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped 3/4 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
2 tblsp Italian parsley, chopped 3/4 cup double cream
4 oz spicy Italian sausage 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teasp ground black pepper  


In a large pan, cook the pasta according to directions on the packet and then drain into a serving dish.

Remove the casing from the sausage and break up the sausagemeat into bite-size pieces.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the sausagemeat and brown for 5-6 minutes until no pink remains.  Add the garlic, peppers, tomatoes, artichokes and pesto, and cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the cream and olives. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly. Stir in the parsley and black pepper. 

Pour the sauce over the pasta and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Serve at once.