Quick springtime pasta

Perfect for an impromptu al fresco meal out on the patio – it’s made with storecupboard items too

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 494
  • fat 15g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 79g
  • sugars 6g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 16g
  • salt 1.14g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • handful basil leaves, chopped
  • 400g spaghetti
  • 290g jar artichoke hearts, cut into bite size pieces
  • handful freshly grated parmesan
  • handful parsley, chopped


Healthy benefits
Artichokes are a good source of vitamin K and folate – both important for maintaining healthy blood pressure. They are naturally bitter which stimulates the flow of bile from the liver and helps with the digestion of fats.Artichokes
For extra flavour in this dish, look out for jars of grilled artichokes. Try Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Chargrilled artichokes.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Tip in the garlic and cook for 1 min until lightly coloured. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, then stir in the basil. Bring up to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to gently simmer for 10 mins. Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti according to pack instructions.

  2. Drain the spaghetti, reserving a little of the cooking water separately, then return to the pan. Add the artichokes to the tomato sauce until heated through, then pour it over the spaghetti. Stir in a little parmesan, most of the chopped parsley and a splash of the cooking water if the sauce looks dry. Serve immediately with the remaining parmesan and parsley sprinkled over.

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