Creamy Lemon Pasta with Artichokes and Capers

21 Jul

So… this pasta is one of my favorite pasta recipes, well, ever. I first had it while I was visiting my sister Sarah over Spring Break last year, and I just fell in love with it, and now I’m sharing it with you. Here’s the original recipe.

  • 12 oz. spaghetti noodles
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 1 container capers, drained
  • 4 oz. can of mushrooms, drained
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

So here’s what you do. Start cooking your spaghetti according to the directions on the box. When they’re done, strain the water off and set the noodles aside.

Cook your bacon slices. The original recipe calls for three, but I happen to love bacon, so really, you should cook 4 slices.

Set on paper towels to drain.

Then, drain off some of the grease and add it to your bacon grease container (which you should always have around) to use in other dishes.

Cut up your chicken breasts into bite sized chunks.

Then chuck it into the pan with a little bit of leftover grease, and cook it all up. Set aside.

Oh, yeah, I might add that you should salt and pepper your chicken before you cook it. I kind of forgot that step… don’t be like me.

And now we assemble the sauce. Throw your artichoke hearts, capers, and mushrooms into the pan, and let them cook for about a minute. Then, add the wine, lemon juice, and chicken broth.

I definitely didn’t do this in order, but it doesn’t really matter. Chop up your bacon and add it in, along with your lemon juice and broth (if you haven’t already added it in).

Add your cream and chicken to the mix.

I thought it looked a little skimpy, so I added about a quarter to a half a cup of cream.

Now let that do its thing for about 5 minutes, or until ready to serve. If you let it cook for longer, make sure to cover it and give it a good stirring when you serve.

Put some of the spaghetti on a plate, top with sauce, and serve! The sauce is thin enough that you don’t have to mix it into the pasta- it’ll just drain down when you pour it over.

Happy eating!

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