Smoked Artichoke Pasta with Lemony Vinaigrette

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Soak: 30 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Grill: 10 mins to 12 mins
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Smoked Artichoke Pasta with Lemony Vinaigrette
Ingredients Vinaigrette
cup fresh lemon juice
cup finely chopped Kalamata olives
teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper
medium sweet peppers (red, yellow, and orange) cut in 1/4-inch strips
14 ounce can artichoke hearts (not in marinade) or 12 frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, drained, and quartered
cup extra-virgin olive oil
teaspoons minced garlic
large handful (1 cup) hickory wood chips, soaked in water at least 30 minutes
ounces dried penne pasta
ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
  1. Prepare grill for two-zone fire over medium heat (350 degrees F to 450 degrees F). Preheat a 12-inch grill pan on cooking grates.
  2. For vinaigrette, in large glass serving bowl whisk together lemon juice, olives, and thyme. Slowly drizzle and whisk in olive oil to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl combine sweet peppers, artichokes, 1/4 cup olive oil, and garlic. Set aside.
  4. Drain and add wood chips to smoker box of gas grill, following manufacturer's instructions. Close grill lid. When wood begins to smoke, arrange peppers and artichokes in a single layer on grill pan (fire may flare briefly). Cook over direct medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally until slightly charred and softened, keeping lid closed as much as possible. Wearing insulated mitts, transfer grill pan to heatproof surface. Combine grilled vegetables with vinaigrette. Set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; combine with vegetables and vinaigrette. Sprinkle cheese; toss to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts (Smoked Artichoke Pasta with Lemony Vinaigrette)
    Per serving:
  • 491 kcal cal.,
  • 31 g fat
  • (8 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 15 g monounsatured fat),
  • 27 mg chol.,
  • 510 mg sodium,
  • 39 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 5 g sugar,
  • 13 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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