Spicy Penne Pasta Salad With Tomatoes And Artichokes


1 pound penne pasta
1 pound ripe meaty tomatoes
6 ounces marinated artichoke hearts
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons best-quality olive oil
1/2 cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 to 1/2  teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns, crushed
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 tablespoon grated Romano cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop the tomatoes, a few at a time, into the boiling water. Scald for 10 seconds, then, with a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water. Scald all the tomatoes in this fashion, then drain, cool, and slip off the skins. Cut crosswise into halves, squeeze out the seeds and juice, and chop coarsely. Reserve.
Drain the artichokes and reserve the marinade. Add honey to reserved marinade.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onion, garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add the black peppercorns to the onion mixture.

Add the tomatoes to the sauce, season with the salt, and simmer, uncovered, over medium heat for 1 hour.

Add the reserved artichoke marinade and simmer, stirring often, for another 30 minutes.

Stir in the artichokes and continue to simmer until the sauce is rich and thick, another 20 minutes or so. Stir in the Romano cheese, and taste and adjust the seasoning.

Cook pasta al dente and toss with sauce.  Cool to room temperature. Can also be served hot.

10 thoughts on “Spicy Penne Pasta Salad With Tomatoes And Artichokes

  1. Becky says:

    Pinning this! This sounds so good. It is actually reminding me of a dish I have gotten at Cheesecake Factory before. Definitely trying this!

  2. What a delicious way to use my fresh garden herbs. Thanks!

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  4. Sounds yummy – a perfect summer salad.

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